Complete in Christ

From Lynda Lindsey

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. Colossians 2:6

For in Him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in Him, who is the head of all rule and authority. In Him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised Him from the dead. Colossians 2:9-12

And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This He set aside, nailing it to the cross. Colossians 2:13-14

Buried with Christ in baptism, raised with Him through faith; once dead in sin, now made alive, together with Christ. Once condemned, now forgiven and set free. Our record of debt that demanded payment? Cancelled, set aside, nailed to the cross. Jesus’ blood paid the debt we owed. Once incomplete, fragmented, broken, now complete in Him, whole, recreated. Filled to overflowing with all that Jesus is and has. So filled that we need nothing else except Christ. Just as we received Christ by faith as Lord, so we continue in the faith, stable, steadfast, unmoved by persuasive arguments. 

Jesus, our Provider, our all in all, gives us everything we need for life and salvation. Hold fast to Jesus. Continue in the faith, persevere in His truth and make no room for false teachings. Like an army under attack, be steadfast; be given to good order, do not let the enemy break through into the encampment. Made complete in Christ, we are full, there is nothing missing, nothing to be added; be on guard against borrowing from other philosophies to be spiritually complete. A Christian is a member of God’s household by faith, not by an outward marking of the body as in circumcision. 

True circumcision, an inner transformation of the heart, comes not by a surgeon’s hands, but by God who gives us a new, clean heart. Hidden with Christ in God, we are being transformed into Jesus’ likeness. Submit to the Lord, pursue Him single-mindedly, live as one whose heart is newly created. Seek the things above, for heaven is where our inheritance waits. Put off the old. Complete in Christ, filled with all His fullness, spill over into the lives of others, offering them Jesus’ health and healing, life and light, grace and truth.