Christ Is All and In All

As we walk through the book of Colossians during Sunday School, we continue to see that every blessing that God has for the Christian is in Christ. For the Christian:

“Christ is all, and in all.” (Col. 3:11)

And as Paul says elsewhere:

“Christ Jesus …became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that as it is written, ‘Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.'” (1 Cor. 1:30-31)

The Colossians needed to know that Christ was sufficient for every spiritual need the might have. We need to know the same thing. He was (and is) adequate to give them (and us) spiritual fullness and wholeness. In Christ, we lack nothing.

In chapter 2 of Colossians we learned that the fullness of God dwells in Christ bodily (2:9; cf. 1:19). This is the starting place, the foundation, you might say. Paul takes this “fullness” language and builds on it saying that as Christians we find our fullness in Christ (2:10). This should attract our attention. There are a lot of empty folks walking around. There seems like there is a lot of empty lives, empty aspirations, and empty religion to go around. Every day we encounter empty talk, empty promises and empty people. Ultimately, this emptiness is the fruit of sin in the world and in individual lives. It is the result of being alienated from the God who we were created to love and serve.

Here is the answer God gives. Christ has become for us the wisdom of God. This wisdom was only partially revealed in past ages (2:3-4). The Christ of glory cast his shadow throughout the Old Testament figures and festivals (2:16-17) and now he is revealed for us as the hope of glory (1:27). Paul says the great mystery of old is that sinners may find healing and wholeness by being joined to Jesus (2:27), having been reconciled to God by the blood of his cross (2:20-21). We now have forgiveness of sins and exist in the light of the kingdom of Christ (1:12-14)

So how does this work out in the life of a Christian? Well, Christ is our life (3:3) because we are “in him” (1:2; 2:5). This union with Christ happened at our conversion when we were spiritually circumcised in him (2:11), spiritually baptized in him (2:12), and spiritually resurrected in him (2:12-13).

Think for a moment about the significance of our union with Christ. All of the pleasure of Father that resides in the Son (1:19), resides in us because we are in the Son. The Father delights in the Son, so he delights also us because we are in the Son. The Son will never again die, so we who are in him will never die. If Jesus is not, and never will be, condemned by the Father, then we who are in him have forgiveness of sins (1:14). When we feel like our lives are coming apart at the seams, it is good to remember that “in him all things hold together” (1:17). In fact, no matter what situation you are in, Christ will show himself to be all that you ultimately need to enjoy the full blessing of God.

Has God shown you that you have spiritual needs? God is also showing you that all those needs are fulfilled in Christ.


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