Monday Message Review
March 9, 2015
Look at these two truths in Colossians 2
1. We are complete Let’s look at Colossians 2:9-11: “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.” The phrase, “in Christ” shows us that Jesus is the center of God’s saving activity. When we put our faith in Christ, we are included in what He has done. All the fullness of God lives in Him. As we’ve already established in Colossians, if you want to know what God is like, then look at Jesus. The phrase, “lives in bodily form,” means to “dwell permanently.” Jesus is not just a way to God; He is the only way because He is God Himself.
Not only does all the fullness of God dwell in Jesus, all believers are filled with the fullness of Jesus. If you have put your faith in Christ for forgiveness of sins, You have everything you need if you have Jesus because the fullness of God comes into your life when you receive Him. You don’t need anything more than you already have! You SIMPLY need to understand and utilize what you’ve already been given.
2. We are alive Colossians 2:11-13 established some parallels between circumcision and our new life with Christ. Let’s read it: “In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ.”
God initiated circumcision in the Old Testament as part of His covenant with His people in order to set them apart and identify them as true followers. One of the problems at Colosse was that some folks were demanding that Christians submit to circumcision and obey the Old Testament Law. They were insisting that circumcision was necessary for salvation.
Paul then uses the illustration of baptism. The word baptize has both a literal and figurative meaning. The literal meaning is “to dip, or immerse.” That’s what we witness often here at Sugar Hill Church as believers are baptized by immersion. The figurative meaning is “to be identified with.”
When Christ died, our old nature died with Him. That’s our spiritual circumcision. When we come up out of the water in baptism, we symbolize that just as Christ was raised from the dead, so too, we will be raised to resurrection life.
The short version is that Jesus is enough. He’s all we need. He is enough today, tomorrow and for eternity. Nothing more is needed – The fullness of God all found in Jesus alone! Enjoy Him today!