Friday, September 4, 2015

COLOSSIANS—Complete in Christ

You are complete in  Him. 


Col. 2:10

What an amazing statement!

Complete!

There is nothing more to add, nothing more to do.

This is an important part of Paul's argument against the deceptive practices others were trying to bring in on these believers.

Before he begins enumerating all the things that have been done for us through Christ, he emphatically says, "YOU are complete in Him."

Again, the first thing that is most necessary for any and all humans is to be in HIM. If you are not "in Him," then none of this is true for you. Get that part settled in your life TODAY.

Since "God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself" (2 Cor. 5:19), then I urge you to "be reconciled to God" (2 Cor. 5:20).

Once you are in Christ, then you would do well to realize what that means, all that entails.
Personal Opinion: I would like to see every church service have a place before and after the sermon where the people are reminded of who they are in Christ.
Paul lists the things that are true about being complete in Christ:

  • you have been spiritually circumcised
    • which put off the body of the sins of the flesh
  • you have been buried with Christ in baptism
    • which means you have also risen with Him
      • (you have been baptized, haven't you?)
  • you have now been made alive with Him
    • because your trespasses have been forgiven
  • there are now no laws against you
  • anyone or any spiritual power who would say otherwise has been defeated
(Col. 2:11-15)

Therefore, do not allow anyone's judgement about what to do or not to do hinder you, or keep you from the freedom for which you have been bought (Gal. 5:1).

Verses 20 - 22 of this chapter in Colossians begs the question: Which laws are written for a dead man? Which laws must a dead man obey? (Col. 2:20-22)

But verse 23 tells us why it is so attractive to us—it looks good to the ones who judge by outward appearances. (Col. 2:23)

And, just in case you are not yet aware of it, this outward performance looks good like a religion should.

Summary of Chapter 2
Beware that you don't be deceived, spoiled, judged, or beguiled
  • through enticing words
  • through philosophy
  • through empty deceit
  • through an appeal to the elements of this world
  • through following rules and regulations
  • through trying to observe special days and events
  • through a false humility
  • through worship of angels
  • through commandments and doctrines of men
Instead, you are to recognize, realize, and reckon yourself
  • to be complete in Christ
  • rooted in Christ
  • established in Christ
  • circumcised in Christ
  • buried with Christ
  • risen with Christ
  • made alive with Christ
  • free in Christ

You are COMPLETE in Christ.

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