We had a guest speaker last Sunday. Some might classify him a bit “old school.” He was led of the Lord to exhort the saints as to their walk based on the different “walks” in Ephesians. Practical, nuts and bolts “do this” type of message. A friend, who struggled a bit with the nature of the message, afterward said to me, “Rather than tell them what to do, why didn’t he tell them who they are in Christ?” Fair enough. I think the “practical” needs to be in the context of the “positional.” That exhortations “to do” need to be in the context of a response as to what’s already been done. That what we should be needs to be enveloped within who we already are.
For in Him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in Him, who is the head of all rule and authority. (Colossians 2:9-10 ESV)
Glorious truth concerning Christ. In Him the full nature and essence of deity dwells bodily. He is the embodiment of the Godhead. Hebrews says, “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature.” Think God . . . think Jesus. Think Jesus . . . think God, fully God.
Noodle on that for even a moment and the awe-o-meter goes off the scale as you consider Jesus. Jesus the babe in the manger . . . Jesus the man who had no place to lay His head . . . Jesus the teacher who most rejected . . . Jesus the master who patiently poured Himself into a rag-tag bunch of followers . . . Jesus the object of disdain and ridicule by the religious elite . . . Jesus the blood-sweating prayer at Gethsemane . . . Jesus the mocked, beaten, and crucified . . . Jesus the buried . . . Jesus the once-for-all atoning sacrifice for my sin . . . Jesus in whom the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily. Facedown time!
Now throw in the extension . . . “and you have been filled in Him.”
He is filled with fullness of deity and we have been filled in Him! What do you do with that?
First, meditate on it. In Him, and through His blessed Spirit in me, I have been immersed within the divine. Complete in Christ . . . that’s who I am. Counted righteous as He is righteous. Declared holy as He is holy. Given authority, as His is all authority. And keep on adding to the list. What is Christ and we are not filled with that fullness?
Second, worship because of it. As we consider our place in Him, offer up the sacrifice of praise, the fruit of our lips, to Him. Just as Christ came to glorify God, so those filled with the fullness of God should rush to declare God’s glory and proclaim His wonderful ways and works.
And then, as our brother sought to remind us this past Sunday, we should walk as those completely complete in Christ . . . as those filled with His fullness. Not in our own power, but in the power of the risen Christ who lives within us and so desires to live through us. Walking in a manner worthy as His sanctifying work in our lives increases our desire that our practice would come more and more in line with our position — all by the grace of God and through the power of His indwelling Spirit. Not that we become more godly, but that we reflect more the godliness that we have been filled with. Not that we manufacture our own godliness but that we exercise the godliness imputed to us through the finished work of Christ.
Filled in Him who is the fullness of deity. Not because of who we are or what we’ve done but in spite of who we are and what we’ve done. All because of who He is . . . all because of what He’s done.
And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This He set aside, nailing it to the cross. (Colossians 2:13-14 ESV)
Filled with His fullness. To Him be all glory and praise forevermore. Amen.