Colossians 2: Our Completeness In Christ - I (5 Of 6) by Harley Howard

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The Epistle to The Colossians, Chapter 2
Part 5 of 6
"Our Completeness in Christ" (I)
Colossians 2:8-12
Dr. Harley Howard

Paul, in writing to the Colossian church continually
stresses the important point that we are not to seek
anything to supplement or replace Christianity. The
truth of the matter is, nothing can supplement or
replace Christianity because Christianity is complete
and comprehensive because salvation is in the person of
Christ Jesus. We are not to give audience, either as a
church or individuals, the opportunity or platform to
lead us astray from Christ Jesus. Paul then gives us
the reason why this is so as he reiterated in Chapter
1.

8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and
vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the
rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead
bodily.

The gnostic heresy declared that the representation of
the fullness of deity was distributed among the angels.
Paul rebuked Gnostic that heresy by stating in the
strongest terms that in Christ, and in Him alone,
dwells, lives permanently, all the fullness of the
Godhead in bodily form. Let's look at this for a
moment. The word, Godhead, refers not just to Godly
qualities, but to the very essence of God, in other
words, Christ Jesus is the whole glorious total of what
God is, the supreme nature in its infinite entirety.
What is this fullness that Paul refers to? It is the
fullness of God, the Father, that was manifest in
Christ Jesus. John 1:14-18, Ephesians 1:15-23,
Colossians 2:8-10. I repeat this important truth again
as I have in past studies about Christ Jesus and this
so-great salvation: People do not understand who Jesus
Christ is, so they regard what He did in salvation as
less than what it really is. When you diminish the
deity of Christ Jesus, you will fail to see the
greatness of the salvation HE provide ...


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