Putting Christ First: Fullness in Christ: Colossians 2:9-15

March 13th, 2017

Putting Christ First: Fullness in Christ

Colossians 2:9-15

Fullness in Christ (v. 9-10)

  • Paul asserts that in Christ alone dwells the fullness of God (v. 9; see 1:19)

    • Not in some temple
    • Nor dispersed amongst various semi-divine beings (v. 10b)
  • Thus, when we find our lives in Christ, we are filled too
    • Paul is countering a claim of false teachers that we need more than just Jesus
    • All that we can know or experience of God is therefore found in our relationship with Jesus
      • We need no other experience from any other source
      • For Jesus, as God, is over them all (v. 10b)


Inclusion in Christ (v. 11-12)

  • Paul goes on to describe how we have been made full in Christ
  • By circumcision: A symbol of inclusion into God’s people
    • Not the physical rite
    • But a spiritual circumcision of our hearts ( 10:16; 30:6; Jer. 4:4; Rom 2:29)
  • By baptism: A symbol of inclusion into Christ’s death
    • Sharing in His burial
    • In order to share in His resurrection


Alive in Christ (v. 13-14)

  • Paul describes our need for death & rebirth
  • Before Jesus, our sinfulness left us:
    • Both its natural result: dead
    • And its underlying root: rebellious (“uncircumcised flesh”)
  • But through Christ, God has made us alive
    • By forgiving our sins

      • By legally fulfilling the punishment that our sins deserved on the Cross


Victory in Christ (v. 15)

  • Through His death and resurrection, Jesus not only paid for our sins
  • But claimed victory over all rebellious powers
    • Both human and spiritual
  • Thus, we have nothing to fear from them



So What?

  • Do we find our lives in Christ?

    • As Redeemer from sin
    • As Conqueror over our rebellious hearts
  • Are we living out of that truth?


Meditation Verse: Colossians 2:13

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