Colossians 2:9 (NIV) For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form,
Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.
In Colossians chapter 2 verse 8, Paul warns believers to not be tricked by empty, manmade philosophies that were intended to deceive and lead us away from the truth of the Gospel message. Why? Paul tells us in verse 9 as he writes, "For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form."
Now, if you’ve been following along, that truth may sound familiar to you – that all the fullness of deity lives in Jesus Christ because back in chapter one Paul taught us this same wisdom. But, in that portion of the letter, Paul was referring to Christ’s human body reconciling us back to God.
At this time, Gnostics taught that our physical bodies are evil. They say, “Matter is evil. Spirit is good.” They believed that the fullness of God was divided among angelic spiritual beings and that Christ only seemed to be human, but he really wasn’t because God could not take up residence in something evil like a human body.
So, can we break down this verse to simplify what Paul’s main point is? Once again he says, “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form."
He says, “In Christ” meaning that in Christ alone ALL the fullness of God dwells.
And “In Christ Deity lives” points to the fact that God took up permanent residence there. And not just his divine attributes or qualities, but rather the very essence of God lives in Christ. If you’ve seen Christ, you’ve seen God.
And Paul states “the fullness of Deity lives in bodily form.” So, not only is Jesus fully God BUT he is also fully man.
So, not to keep beating a dead horse here, but we always need to keep verses in context. And we know that Paul is refuting false teachings in this letter. Yes?
And in the previous verse, Paul talks about where we find true wisdom and knowledge, and it’s not in make-believe human philosophies that have been handed down for multiple generations.
Paul’s point is that all fullness of God lives in Jesus and in Jesus alone. Jesus is God, and therefore, He alone is the source and meaning of truth.
So your Simple Truth for today: Because the fullness of God lives in Jesus, he alone is the source of all wisdom and knowledge.
Have a blessed day. I’ll see you tomorrow!