Christ’s Own Fullness Is Ours

August 15, 2013

Friends,
We “have been given fullness in Christ.” (Col. 2:10) And because He “is the head over every power and authority” (same verse), then by being in Him, we have the same power and authority. (Luke 10:19 // John 14:12 // 1 John 5:18) Through the cross, Jesus destroyed the devil’s work (John 12:31 // Col. 2:15 // 1 John 3:8) and we can, and must, through Him, do the same. (John 14:12 // 1 John 2:6)

For a “Christ-follower” to claim that he still sins and can’t help but keep sinning, is to believe, and live in, a lie. Such a person either does not have the Spirit of the Lord or he is unaware of the great riches of grace that are his to possess and walk in. (Col. 2:2-4) These riches include wisdom, knowledge, insight, revelation, power, authority, intimacy with God, freedom from men’s opinions, and separation from sin, law, the world, and falsehoods. All these riches are ours because of the gift of the indwelling Spirit. (Eph. 1:17-23 // Col. 2:2-4,10-15,20) To deny that they are ours is to deny the Truth. It is to deny Christ’s Lordship in our lives. It is to deny Christ. (2 Tim. 3:5 w/ Titus 1:16)

Most people do not understand the abundantly adequate provisions we have available to us by being in Christ –all that is needed for victory in life and godliness. (2 Peter 1:3,4) The “eyes of their hearts have not been enlightened” (see Eph. 1:18) because they are not listening to God’s Word, meditating on it, or putting it into practice. If they were, they would find that increasing power is given as they advance in obedience, and that more and more enlightenment, as well, is given.

There is no excuse to continue in ignorance. The universe declares God’s existence and attributes (Ps. 19:1-4 // Rom. 1:19,20), and the conscience He has put into each person reveals to them the requirements of His moral Law. (Rom. 2:15) Every person knows he has broken this righteous Law, knows he needs mercy, and knows he needs a Savior –One who will deliver him from “the enslavement of sin at work within himself” (7:23) and grant him a pardon for having been lawless. No one with a brain has any excuse to not call out to the Creator and ask to be forgiven and saved. For those who do call out, God will answer by sending more revelation, and if a person keeps seeking the Way, he will find Him.

But finding Christ and stepping into Him is not enough. Christ must be lived in continually (Col. 2:6), meaning that every person in Him must become “rooted and built up in Him” (v. 7) by advancing in the Truth (same verse // John 16:13) and by producing its fruit. (Luke 8:11-15) This is the necessary “abiding in Christ” (John 15:1-10), and each of us must learn, under the tutelage of the Spirit, how to do this faithfully.

Once a person has united with Christ, there is no excuse to not be faithful –because all who have genuinely united with Christ have been given the fullness of His own divine nature. (Col. 2:10 // 2 Peter 1:3,4 // 1 John 3:9)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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