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Wednesday, October 11, 2023

The Fullness of Christ


 

 

 

For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

—Colossians 2:9-10

 

The young lions lack and suffer hunger;
 But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.

—Psalm 34:10

 

 

 

Those who are immature in the knowledge of their faith in Jesus Christ experience a lack—a shortage—and suffer the results of their lack of knowledge. Instead of hungering for the knowledge of their faith, they hunger for what feel. What they see and hear with their natural minds doesn’t impact them spiritually (1 Corinthians 2:14). Their changing feelings rule their emotions and the circumstances of their lives instead of their unchanging identity in Jesus Christ. They face destruction, desolation, fear, and continual unrest because they suffer from a lack of knowledge of who they are in the finished work of Jesus and what is theirs in His grace (Hosea 4:6).

 

However, those who seek the Lord know who He is in their lives and believe His finished work of grace completes them (Colossians 2:9-10). They believe they are the person who Jesus—the Word (John 1:1)—says they are. They are growing in their understanding of grace and trust the perfect love of Jesus in their lives to cast out all fear (1 John 4:18). They are not tormented by the enemy’s lies of fear and unrest. They know that God is greater than the enemy (I John 4:4). They are at peace in their relationship with the Lord (Romans 5:1). They know that there is no weapon that rises against them that can destroy them. They draw on the strength of the Holy Spirit and stand against anything that comes against the peace they have in Jesus (Isaiah 54:17). They believe they have received the righteousness of God in Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21).

 

Those who know that they lack nothing in the finished work of Jesus believe that His perfect work of grace has made them whole. No work earns them any earthly status or reward from God. Christ has received the fullness of the Godhead, and they are complete in Him who is the head of all principality and power. They believe when they were saved they were reborn as new creations in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). They realize the battle of the flesh, but they believe Jesus’ grace abounds more (Romans 5:20). They draw on the righteousness they have received in Christ to stand against sin. They know that the shame of sin will keep them from intimacy with their Father. When the Holy Spirit convicts them, they repent and do anything He guides them to do. They choose to walk by faith and not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16). They live in the belief that they are new creations in their spirit (John 3:6) and they lack nothing in Christ (Colossians 2:9-10).

 

If you are saved, you are born again. You are not still in the process of being born-again. You were reborn when you were saved. What you received when you were born again was the finished work of Jesus. Being renewed in the spirit of your mind and growing in the knowledge of His grace is how you come to know the new person you have become in Christ. The Holy Spirit empowers your decision to put on your new man in all righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:23-24).   It is not your righteousness. You have none. It is the righteousness that Christ has bestowed in your life.

 

Never set aside the grace of Jesus. Your righteousness in the grace of Jesus does not come through the law—through any work you do—through any status, recognition or practice. These only bring forth pride. Do not give into the temptation to sin. Your righteousness is the gift of Jesus Christ. Jesus did not die for you in vain (Galatians 2:21). 

 

Seek the Lord’s truth in your life. You shall not lack any good thing (Psalm 34:10). His love for you was not in vain. You are complete in Him. The fullness of Christ has made you whole (Colossians 2:9-10).

 

“And now,” Paul writes, “just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority” (Colossians 2:6-10, NLT).

 

 

© 2023 Lynn Lacher

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