This is a special week. A week where Christians all over the world reflect on the last week of the Lord Jesus’ life leading up to the cross. Then on Sunday we will celebrate and remember the resurrected Christ! I will not be doing a special blog series for Holy Week. Mainly, because there are so many other better bloggers posting about such things. I trust that you read their blogs (if you don’t know of any I am sure I could point you in the right direction). My purpose this week is to continue what I have been doing, which is to glorify God through the knowledge that we both will attain from His Word and apply that knowledge to our hearts. So, I will continue to strengthen our understanding of who we are in Christ. If you missed the other posts, here they are:
- Who Am I? I Am Accepted in Christ
- Who Am I? I Am God’s Child
- Who Am I? I Am Christ’s Friend
- Who Am I? I Am Justified in Christ
- Who Am I? I Am United With Christ
- Who Am I? I Have Been Bought with a Price and Belong to God
- Who Am I? I Am a Member of Christ’s Body
- Who Am I? I Am a Saint
- Who Am I? I Have Been Redeemed and Forgiven of All My Sins
I hope I didn’t miss any….
Anyways, today we look at how we are made complete in Christ. Colossians says this:
Colossians 2:9–10 (ESV)
9 For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.
The ESV translates πεπληρωμένοι (pepleromenoi) as “have been filled.” A literal translation would read, “and you have been made full or complete in Him.” Through Christ, we have been made complete! This infers that we were not complete before being in Christ, so what were we?
Adam and Eve
We were never designed by God to function independently of Him. The first question and answer in the Westminster Shorter Catechism says:
Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.
Adam and Eve were created to glorify God and in so doing they would enjoy him forever. In the Garden, they were in perfect union with God. This was how they fulfilled their purpose. They truly were glorifying God and enjoying him, but that was soon to change. They chose to disobey what the LORD God had commanded them. In that moment of disobedience, sin entered the world. God cannot be in the presence of sin, so the union between mankind and God was broken.
Even in the Garden God knew his plan would still be acted out perfectly. Gen. 3:16 gives the first mention of the gospel! God planned before the foundation of the world to send his Son as a perfect sacrifice for man’s sin. His plan was to present us again blameless and complete in Christ. Without Christ, we would be incomplete.
Let me say that again. Without Christ, we would be incomplete. Incomplete in what though?
- We would be incomplete in our true purpose (Glorifying God and enjoying Him forever).
- We would be incomplete in our relationship with God (Barrier of sin).
- We would be incomplete in our relationship with others (again sin).
- We would be incomplete in our talents/gifts/ and abilities (Instead of glorifying God with our gifts, we would only glorify ourselves).
- We would be incomplete in identity (We would not be living the way we were created to be. This is sort of like #1, but slightly different.)
- Finally, in our incompleteness, we would never gain access to Heaven to be with God forever. Thus we could not fulfill #1 again.
So what would it look like if we were made complete in Christ?
- We can live out His purpose for us.
- We can have a relationship unhindered by our brokenness with God.
- We can have relationships with others in Christ. Yes, sin is still a factor, but since Christ forgave us, we should forgive others of their offenses to us. Restoration is possible with God and His people.
- We can use our talents/gifts/ and abilities to glorify God alone.
- We are complete in our identity because we are doing what we were made for!
- We have been richly provided an entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
In Christ, we have full assurance of who we are. We are complete. We have been rescued, reconciled to God, and restored to a right relationship with Him! We would be incomplete without Christ. We should no longer seek to find our purpose from anything other than what God has made us for! We must depend on Him, not our own understanding (Prov. 3). We can now fulfill our purpose through the power of the cross and the Holy Spirit which dwells within us. In Christ alone we find fulfillment.