Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.
Volume 02, Number
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In this issue:
FULLNESS IN CHRIST JESUS
"For in Him all the fullness of Deity
(Godhood) dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and
He is the head over all rule and authority" (Col. 2:9-10).
This is a powerful, pungent statement by the apostle Paul. This Scripture
refers to Christ's nature and our standing in Christ. I would like to
examine this Scripture further and look its implications. Let us remember
that all Scripture is inspired by God (2 Tim. 3:16).
We learn that all fullness of God's Nature dwells in Christ. In fact, In
Colossians 1:19 we learn that it was the Father's good pleasure for all the
fullness to dwell in Christ. This word fullness comes from the Greek word
pleroma which means "filled up, complete, not lacking, whole" (Thayer's
Greek Lexicon). This is the word that is also used when prophecy is spoken
of being fulfilled. It is complete. It is not lacking. If God is the one
that made the prophecy through His inspired servants, it is God who will
make sure it's fulfilled in its entirety.
This is similarly how all of God's fullness dwells in Christ. Christ does
not have some of God dwelling in Him. He is not a piece of God. He is not a
theophany of God such as the burning bush or the cloud that followed the
Israelites. He is God.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was
God" (Jn. 1:1).
"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us" (Jn. 1:14).
The Word becoming flesh may be the most emphatic, amazing statement uttered
in Scripture. The One in whom all the fullness of the Godhead dwells in
bodily form humbled Himself and became a man
He put on flesh. He came in the form of a bondservant and was found in
appearance as a man (Phil. 2:5-8).
How great Thou art!
Therefore, we learn in Scripture that Christ
is complete because of His nature. But, He is also full and complete because
of the nature of His mission and work that He completed.
Colossians 1:19-20 reads "For it was the
Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him
to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of
His cross; through Him I say, whether things on earth or in Heaven."
This is a very lofty and rich statement
uttered by the inspired apostle Paul. All of God's fullness dwelt in Christ.
God was manifested in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16). This One (Christ) who is
God, is also the One that made peace through the blood of His cross.
Christ made peace between man and man and
between man and God. "While we were helpless at the right time Christ died
for the ungodly" (Rom. 5:8). He broke down the dividing wall of hostility
created by sin (Eph. 2:14-16). Through Christ all things are being
reconciled to God. Not just earthly things, but also heavenly things. Christ
literally moved Heaven and earth on the cross of Calvary!
This is Someone whose greatness cannot be
fully comprehended by the human mind. Certainly, completeness or wholeness
is only found in Him.
Complete In Him
"And there is salvation in no one else; for
there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which
we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).
Colossians 2:10 says we are made complete in
Him. Some versions say we are filled up in Him. The great mystery of God is
"Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Col. 1:27).
We can be complete or filled up spiritually
when we are in Him and we are walking in Him (Rom. 6:3-7; Col. 2:6-7). If
completeness is only found in Him, then it would stand to reason that there
is only incompleteness and unfulfillment outside of Him.
If He Himself is our peace, then it would
stand to reason that apart from Him there is only turmoil and hostility and
lack of peace.
We learn that in Him we have redemption, the
forgiveness of our trespasses (Eph. 1:7). In Him we also have all things
pertaining to life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:4). In Him we have fellowship
with the entire Godhead (2 Cor. 13:14). In Him we have the blessed hope of
salvation from sin on the last day (1 Thess. 4:13-18).
God desires for Christ to dwell in our
hearts by faith (Eph. 3:17). Let us all be striving to be like our Savior
and Lord, Christ Jesus.
His eyes are like a flame of fire and He is
watching, let us be pleasing to Him (Rev. 2:18). Let us remember that only
in Christ are we complete.
Let us keep the faith! Stand firm and be
rooted and grounded in love! In doing so we can have the hope that when He
comes again in the clouds, we will meet Him in the air, and thus always be
BE A JOSHUA
Joshua exhibited many outstanding qualities
in his life. Each of us is encouraged to BE A JOSHUA.
SERVE OTHERS. Joshua is introduced to us as
"Moses' minister" (Ex. 24:13; Josh. 1:1). A minister is one who serves. We
need the heart of a servant. "…by love serve one another" (Gal. 5:13).
ENCOURAGE THOSE AROUND YOU. Moses said,
"…your fathers…discouraged the heart of the children of Israel…" (Num.
32:8-9). How did this happen? Deuteronomy 1:28, "Whither shall we go up? our
brethren have discouraged our heart, saying, The people is greater and
taller than we; the cities are great and walled up to heaven; and moreover
we have seen the sons of the Anakims there." They were discouraged by what
was said. The fact that Caleb and Joshua would see the land shows that
Joshua was not a party to discouragement. Joshua was an encourager! He said,
"Fear not, nor be dismayed, be strong and of good courage…" (Josh. 10:25).
He encouraged others with the very words God used to encourage him (Josh.
1:9). We need to be careful to encourage and not discourage the heart of our
brethren by what we say and do!
WHOLLY FOLLOW THE LORD. It was said,
"…none…from twenty years old and upward, shall see the land…" Why? The Lord
said, "…because they have not wholly followed me" (Num. 32:11). The only
exception to this: "Save Caleb…and Joshua…for they have wholly followed the
Lord" (Num. 32:12). I don't know how many men were twenty years old and
upward, but only two followed the Lord - wholly! Are we wholly following the
Lord? He knows!
BE HONORABLE. Joshua was a venerable
man. All Israel "…feared him, as they feared Moses, all the days of his
life" (Josh. 4:14). When they "feared" Joshua, it's not that they were
afraid of him, but they honored him. We need to conduct ourselves so as to
command respect of others, like Joshua.
READ THE WORD OF GOD. Joshua "…read all the
words of the law, the blessings and cursings, according to all that is
written in the book of the law" (Josh. 8:34). Have you read all that God has
LEAVE NOTHING UNDONE. Do you know how much
Joshua left undone of all that the Lord commanded Moses? "…nothing…" (Josh.
11:15). The key to this is: "…so did Joshua…" Doers leave nothing undone!
DARE TO STAND. Joshua took a stand when he
said, "…choose you this day whom ye will serve…but as for me and my house,
we will serve the Lord" (Josh. 24:15). We are taught "to stand" (Eph. 6:11,
13). It takes courage to stand for the Lord and against the devil!
BE A GOOD INFLUENCE. Joshua was a man of
considerable influence for good. Joshua 24:31, "And Israel served the Lord
all the days of Joshua…." May our good influence help others serve the Lord.
BE A JOSHUA, will you?
Created by Chuck Sibbing, last updated.
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