SATURDAY, September 25
Scripture: Colossians 2:8-10
“Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.” Every one of us can agree with verse 9 that in Jesus dwells ”all the fullness of the Godhead bodily”. Where we stumble is at verse 10, and “you are complete in Him”. The interesting interchange between verse 9 and 10 is the consistency of the Greek word play-rom-ah, translated fullness. We know that the fullness of the Godhead is in Jesus. The problem with verse 10, is that it says you and I are play-ro-oh. We are the verb or the action of the noun “fullness of God”. If you want to see the fullness of God you have to look at the church and what they do. Our actions demonstrate fullness or the lack thereof. And the rest of verse 10 says, “Who is the head of all principality and power.” Do we act like the fullness of the Godhead is directing our actions? Do we pray like we are the action demonstrating the fullness of God. It is obvious that the New Testament demonstrates in what is being taught that the church is responsible for believing and acting on everything Jesus bought and paid for. There is a kingdom over which the King rules but the action of that rule has to come through the church. Why do we have the mess we have? Because the church currently enables evil rather than demanding those who unite with it come under the full judicial hand of God. The heavy hand of God will take us all the way to the grave if we won’t turn from sin. Praying as if we are the action demonstrating the fullness of the Godhead is missing in the New Testament church. It is time you and I make up the difference.