Let us look and see where this Completeness is Found “Yeare complete in Him.”In Him in whom dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead in human form” (v.9).
The apostle Paul was saying, that “God was manifest in the flesh,” (1.Tim. 3:16.) “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh,” Although He was truly man, and while He was on earth, in all outward appearance seemed to be no other than an ordinary man in an earthly body, informed with a soul, as other men have; yet in that body dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead.
The whole Divine essence being fixed in it, and united to it, in such a wonderful and Divine manner, that He was, and is also, truly God manifest in the flesh, the one living and true God, the Creator and Governor of all things, The great Jehovah of the Old Testment, “And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,” (Ex. 34:6).
It was Titus who made this statement, “looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” (Titus 2:13).
This fullness is abiding in Him for ever, that all is loved and loving ones may be filled up and eternally perfected.
The fulness of blessing that flows direct from Christ can satisfy all the necessities of our human heart.
Let us not make light of churches, ministries, sacraments, or other means of grace.
But let us hold fast to the truth that Christ himself can immediately supply all our needs, so that we may be in him made full.
We are thus reminded of our emptiness and need of Jesus Christ. “He is made unto us wisdom and righteousness, and sanctification, and deliverance” according to (I.Cor. 1:30).
This is part of His fulness, which we have “all received with grace upon grace” (Jh.1:16).
Christ possess the abundance of riches, the abundants of power, the abundants of knowledge, the abundances of happiness, blessedness and glory. Hence we may learn the true meaning of (Zec 9:9) Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion-behold, thy king cometh unto thee; he is JUST, and having SALVATION:” Jesus is possessed of all power to enrich, teach strengthen, enlarge, and raise to glory and happiness.
In Christ we dwell in God’s storehouse of infinite grace, and with Him who is “the Head of all principality and power.”
In Jesus there is fulness to satisfy and power to protect, to guide, to keep, to strengthen, to deliver, and to make life abundantly fruitful. “Ye are complete in Him.”
How is this Completeness Attained? Simply by being in Christ. But what is implied by this experience? The statements which follow in verses 11-15 explain.
By being forgiven of our sin (v.13).“Having forgiveness of all our sins.” Forgiveness is our first necessity, and God’s forgiveness is complete. Jesus, John, Paul and all the apostle preached repentance, And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write, “Repent therefore,”
All our trespasses is against Jesus our Lord and it is against him that we have sinned. Reconciliation must begin by His act of grace in not impuling our sins against us (II.Cor.5:19).
Let me say this in reference to reconciliation. God sought that the world should be reconciled unto him. Man did not seek it, he had no plan for it, he did not desire it, he had no way to consequence it. It was the offended party, not the offending, that sought to be reconciled; and this shows the strength of God’s love (Rom. 5:8) “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Secondly, By having the debt that was written against us canceled.
Blotting out the handwriting that was against us, and contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His Cross. The law was a debt against us, saying, do this and live, disobey this and die.” But this bond as the condition of life, Christ hath for us blotted it out by nailing itto His Cross-making it a part of His Cross (v.14).
Now ye are not under the law, but in the kingdom of His grace. For He hath abolished in His flesh “even the law of commandments,” and by His Cross He hath slain the enmity thereby.” (Eph. 2:15,16).
Thirdly, by being buried with him,“Buried with Him in baptism” This is no mere symbol or figure of speech, but a deep and real spiritual experience.
The apostle Peter ask this question in (Ac.10:47) “Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord.”
Through faith we are baptised into the death of Jesus Christ according to (Rom.6:3) “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?”
Now the “old man” is to be thrown off and left in the grave, “The like figure where unto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ”:(1.Pet.3:21).
Paul refers to this when he says, “I am crucified with Christ.” The Cross should be to us the death of the self life.
Fourthly, by being used by him,“Ye are risen with Him through God-given faith” (v.12). Having been identified with His death, we have been quickened together with Him (v.13) into the new resurrection life.
Having been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection (Rom. 6:5).
The Christian life, then, is a life hid with Christ in God; a life whose birth is “from above;” a life that is life eternal, for He hath begotten us again unto a living hope, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ (1.Pt.:3).
Then what doth the Lord now require of us ? Surely it is this :“Yield yourselves unto God as those that are alive from the dead” (Rom. 6: 13).
The life we now live in the flesh has been given to us through Christ, then surrender it to Him in thankful service.
Lastly, Jesus has overcome all our enemies, “He hath spoiled principalities and powers, triumphing over them” according to (v.15).
All power is given unto Him, and He is able, and hath made His faithful followers more than conquerors through His own unfailing and inseparable love (Rom 8:38) “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 8:37,39).
All the hostile powers and rulers he shook off from Himself, and boldly displayed them as His conquests, when by the Cross He triumphed over them. (4) In Christ. “Greater is He that is for us, than all that can be against us.” “Ye are complete in Him. ” “Thanks be to God who giveth us the victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ