March 16, 2008
Everything You Will Ever Want – Part 3
Series: Above All
Pastor Philip De Courcy
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Colossians 2:6-15
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In the series Above All, Pastor Philip De Courcy highlights the supremacy and sufficiency of Christ as presented in Paul’s letter to the Colossians. Christ is above all powers and all things. To go beyond Christ is to leave Christianity behind. In Above All, Pastor Philip reminds us that the Lord Jesus Christ is creation’s only source, man’s only Savior, and God’s only Son, and He must be understood accurately.

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Colossians 2:6-10 and we’re back looking at the subject, “Everything you will ever want can be found in Christ,” that’s what Paul is trying to get across here. Everything you will ever want, you will find in Christ and if you have found Christ, you have found everything you will ever want. Christ is supremely sufficient for your life and for mine, “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith. As you have been taught abiding in him with Thanksgiving. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit according to the tradition of man, according to the basic principles of the world and not according to Christ. For him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and you are complete in him, who is the head of all principality and power.”
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We trust that God will bless his word to our hearts this morning. Let me tell you something that happened to me just a few weeks ago. I was searching for a book that I had to order for a class I hoped to take in my doctor of ministry program at Trinity Evangelical Seminary. Working alongside Laurie, we eventually find a copy of this book online secondhand. It was $35, the book was out of print and so having searched, we realized this was probably the only copy we could get her hands on. And so I got her to order the book, which arrived about a week and a half later. But after it arrived about a week and a half later, I discovered that I had a copy of that book in my library.
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In fact, a year earlier I had bought the book brand new for half the price I had paid for the secondhand copy when I was back in Britain. There I was searching for something I already possessed, which might tell you something about where my library’s at, at the moment. I need to take stock of my library and get to know what I already possess, lest I go run buying books that I don’t need. It seems to me that little story opens a window into what Paul’s trying to get across to the Colossians here in chapter two, verse six following he wants them to understand what they already have in Christ.
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Because there are those who are doing the rhymes in Colossi, false teachers who were trying to tell the saints at Colossi that there was something more than Christianity, that there was something more than Christ. And Paul wants the believers to understand that they have everything they will ever need in the Lord, Jesus Christ our savior and Lord. In fact, to counteract that corruption of the gospel in chapter one, Paul had focused on the glory of the Lord, Jesus Christ, his place in the universe, his work in redemption, his preeminence as God, his position as head of the church, his utter sufficiency for every human need.
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He wanted them to understand that they did not need some spiritual additive, that when they possessed Christ they possessed all things. And so having argued that theologically, Paul’s and I going to argue it pastorally here in chapter two. He doesn’t want them to be robbed, he doesn’t want them to be cheated out of the reality of Christ’s supremacy and sufficiency. That’s his concern here in verse eight, “Beware lest anyone cheat you, rob you, wipe your eye.” Will you exchange Christ for something less than Christ, in the deception that you’re receiving something more than Christ. And so he gets down to the business of conveying to them that what they have in Christ is everything they will ever need. Paul wants the believers at Colossi to realize that Christ is pure gold and what the heretics offer is iron pyrite, it’s fool’s gold. Now he’s going to consider this idea of Christ supremacy, and sufficiency under four thoughts. In verses six through eight, he considers their firmness in Christ and in verses nine and 10, he considers their fullness in Christ.
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If you were with us some weeks ago, we started to look at their firmness in Christ, these two verses here six and seven, conclude an argument began in chapter one in verse 15. That the one they received as Lord and Savior is the image of the invisible God made visible. The creator, the controller of all things, the head of the church, the firstborn from among the dead, the one who reconciles God and man, heaven and earth. And the one in whom is found all true wisdom and knowledge and Paul in reminding him of what they have in Christ, then urges them here to firmness, to steadfastness in the Lord Jesus Christ. Having received this one who is sufficient, he wants them to continue drawing from his sufficiency. And so he argues here for their firmness, “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord. So walk in him, rooted, built up, established, taught a binding with Thanksgiving.”
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There are two things here concerning their firmness, and we covered it, and I’m not going to kind of repeat it. There was the challenge of verse six through seven, and then there was the caution of verse [inaudible 00:06:12]. He challenges them to continue. As they begun, they received the Lord Jesus Christ, and they shouldn’t allow anyone to cheat them out of all that they got when they got him. And so he challenges them to indeed continue in the Lord, Jesus Christ, to build their life upon him and to give themselves fully to him. But with the challenge there came the caution. Paul was aware that there were those heretics in Colossi who were seeking to draw the believers in Colossi, away from the Lord, Jesus Christ.
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And so he cautions them concerning this false doctrine. And we started to look at three elements of this false doctrine, and we covered two of them. And I want to cover the third and then move on till their fullness, but look at verse eight. He tells them “beware lest, anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit. According to the tradition of man, according to the basic principles of the world and not according to Christ.” He cautions them about this false doctrine on three levels. It was an empty philosophy. Although it purported to be a philosophy, it purported to be wisdom and truth and reality. Apart from Christ, it was none of those things. It was not according to Christ. It was a godless philosophy. It was a Christless philosophy. And therefore, if Christ is reality, that which is without Christ is unreal and then complete. So Paul argues that this philosophy that Don grids, the Lord Jesus Christ, is an empty philosophy.
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It holds no water. It has no substance. It promises more than it can ever deliver. It wasn’t only an empty philosophy. It was an earthly philosophy. It was patterned not after Christ, not according to Christ, which Paul states at the end of [verse 00:08:16], but it was patterned according to the tradition of man, this wasn’t godly wisdom, this wasn’t truth based upon the revelation of God in his word, this was a series of ideas and ideologies that bypassed the revelation of God was centered upon reason. And man’s thinking, and therefore it was not a heavenly philosophy. It was an earthly philosophy. It was empty and it was earthly. And we won’t have time to go back over the significance of that, but we reminded ourselves there’s good traditions and there’s bad traditions, good traditions are actions and attitudes founded upon God’s word, bad traditions are actions and attitudes that are simply rooted in the reasoning of man.
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And [inaudible 00:09:06] undermine God’s word, Lord Jesus Christ battled with that didn’t he and his day with the Pharisees. But that brings us neither where we left off. It was empty. It was earthly. And the last treat of this dangerous philosophy, this deceptive philosophy was that it was elemental. It was empty. It was earthly. And it was elemental. Look at what Paul says towards the end of verse 8 beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit. According to the traditions of men, according to the basic principles of the world, Paul notes that this Gnostic philosophy, was rooted in the basic principles of this world. Now there’s a debate among scholars as to the true intent of the author’s meaning, the word literally means things in a row. The word here elemental or basic principle is a word that speaks of actually the alphabet.
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It refers to the instruction a child would be given. And so some common theaters believe that’s what Paul is driving out here. He’s saying, look, when you got sea, if you were enrolled into the university of the Lord, Jesus Christ and in him is treasured up all wisdom and all knowledge and all truth. Now having received the Lord, Jesus Christ. Why would you set that aside? And buy into this Gnostic philosophy, which is dangerous and deceptive, which is empty and earthly and elemental, you’re going back to kindergarten. This is a step back. This is a retrogrative action. And so as MacArthur says, Paul was saying that though it purports to be sophisticated, human philosophy is actually rudimentary, childish and unrefined to abandon biblical revelation for this kind of philosophy is like returning to kindergarten after graduating from university. I think that’s a partial answer, but I don’t think that satisfies the text.
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Another possible interpretation is that this word translated elemental or rudimentary or basic principles is a word that was used in the Greek culture to speak of elemental spirits or astral deities. And I think we’re on the right track when we think of Paul’s words in that term. And I’ll tell you why, because before long here in verse 15, Paul will talk about the supremacy and sufficiency of the Lord, Jesus Christ in… The fact that through the cross, he disarmed principalities and powers. He made a public spectacle of the forces of darkness. He defeated the devil and he defeated the demons. And so it seemed to me that Paul is addressing this idea of elemental spirits.
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This idea that the world is governed by astral deities, spiritual entities, which reminds us by the way that the new age movement is not that new. It’s really an old [inaudible 00:12:14] the subsequent reference to Christ triumph over prince of polys and pars lands. Weird to the view that Paul here is talking about the fact that this philosophy, this doctrine that was doing the rounds of Colossi was empty deceitful and has as its source, deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.
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And we’re told that’s possible. Aren’t we in first Timothy 4:1 we’re told in the [inaudible 00:12:45] “many will depart from the fifth” being seduced by what deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons. And so Paul is saying, you know what guys, what you’re listening to is satanic in its source. This is elemental philosophy. This is philosophy that seeks to lure you back to astral deities and spiritual entities. You’ve been freed from that. Christ has disarmed them. Don’t allow yourself to be dragged backwards into [synchronatic 00:13:23] religion. And so Paul here wants them to see the source of this philosophy. It’s satanic. And I just want to make an application and move on. The thing to wonder line here is that you and I live in a world where demons seek to seduce through false doctrine and empty philosophy. This planet is a theater of war for supernatural forces.
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And one of the devil’s favorite weapons is deception and misinformation. According to 2 Corinthians 4:3-4, he loves to blind the mind. How does he do it through false philosophy, through false doctrine, through error, misinformation, half-truths. That’s how he blinds the minds of who believe not. Lest the light of the glorious gospel should shine in. We’re told in 2 Corinthians 11:13-15, that he loves to present himself as an angel of light. When the devil appears before God, he always appears as the devil. He cannot fool God. But when he appears before, man, he never appears as Satan. He’s more cunning, subtle, and deceptive than that. He always hides his identity so that he can fool man, and trick man. That’s what Paul is saying here. I don’t want you to be cheated. He uses the word [inaudible 00:14:54] beware.
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Open your eyes. Be discerning. This doctrine is [inaudible 00:15:01]. It’s empty elemental, earthly philosophy. It’s deceptive. It’s dangerous. It’s demonic because it’s robs the Lord Jesus Christ of his deity, and undermines the glory of what he achieved upon the cross as the only mediator between God and man, as the only sacrifice for sin. Therefore, I just wanted to make you aware. False prophets and false philosophies are burned in this world. And they are not. As Paul says here at the end of verse 8, according to Christ, they are not built upon him. They do not honor him. Then the Lord Jesus Christ tell us in Matthew 24:4-5, that after he has gone, many will come in his name to deceive people. One, 1 John 4:1-3 tells us that there are many false prophets that have gone hide into the world.
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And they are of the spirit of antichrist because they deny that Jesus Christ is God in flesh. Listen to this statement. I want you to think about it. Strictly speaking, there are no apostles and there are no prophets today. Therefore there are only false prophets and false apostles who speak their own words and not God’s. Consequently, you and I need to wake up to the fact that the Christian is involved in a truth war that we need to be discerning and defensive. I don’t know if time to unpack this, but I need to give you this, or at least have it recorded on the CD for your leader of perusal. But here are the marks of false teaching and false teachers. I want you to just jot these down, or reflect on them sometime later this week, if you’re going to be discerning, if you’re going to be able to tell the truth from error, if you’re going to be able to divide light from darkness, the Bible gives us a profile of a false teacher.
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Number one, a false teacher will be marked by megalomania. The false teacher will love himself. He will be egotistic. According to Acts 20:29-30, he will draw disciples after himself, false teachers will connect people to themselves. Not to God. It’s one of the marks of a false teacher. Number two, they will add to the Bible. There will always be a source of revolution either inside themselves or outside themselves, but it is always apart from the word of God. Revelation 22:18-19 warns us that the book of the revelation was God’s final prophecy. And if any man, odds to it purports to have revelation beyond it. Then the plagues of the book of the revelation will have been pronounced upon him. But that’s the mark of a false teacher. They’ll always root their doctrine. In some other source of revelation.
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Look at Joseph Smith. As an example of that, the founder of Mormonism, number three, they will always have a deficient Christology. They will always be wrong when it comes to the Lord, Jesus Christ, according to 1 John 4:1-3, the false prophets that are in this world will deny that Christ has come in the flesh. They will deny his deity. They will deny his humanity. They will undermine the atoning work that he accomplished on the cross. They will deny he rose from the dead in a body, in some way they will be off [inaudible 00:18:39]. When it comes to the Lord, Jesus Christ. You can count on it. False teachers will be megalomaniacs. They will add to the Bible. They will bob Christ of his glory. Number four, their gospel will be a works’ righteousness gospel. They will have another gospel to borrow Paul’s words in Galatians 1:6-9.
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Remember Paul said of the [inaudible 00:19:03], I’m surprised to no end that you have indeed removed yourself from the gospel to another gospel, which is not the gospel. And the gospel it was not a gospel. [inaudible 00:19:19] was the idea that you added works to faith and you added the law to grace and you added Moses to Christ. And you’ll always find that false teachers and false teaching will always make room for man to achieve salvation. Here’s another mark, material gain. 2 Peter 2:3-14 mark the false teacher either as one who is [inaudible 00:19:44]. Who’s always appealing for money, who ministers for financial gain, who has avarice motive in all that he does another mark of the false teacher and false teaching is a sadism. 1 Timothy 4:1-3 tells us of false teachers who say you can’t marry this person and you can’t eat this food and you can’t do this thing.
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And false teaching is always marked by bondage and restriction, not Liberty and enjoyment and freedom in the glory of what the Lord Jesus Christ has done for us apart from us. False predictions is another mark Deuteronomy 18:21-22 says “you’ll know the false prophet from the true prophet and that the false prophet will say, this is going to happen. And it doesn’t happen.” Just one [inaudible 00:20:40] on their copy book. And the Bible says they’re not prophets. The biblical prophet will have a hundred percent body average when it comes to predicting the future. Another thing about a false profit or a false teacher is Deuteronomy 13:1-5. The false prophet or the false teacher will promote [inaudible 00:21:03] what I mean by that is in Deuteronomy 13:1-5, Israel is warned against prophets. Those who purport to be man of God.
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And they encourage the people of God to go after other gods, the false prophet or the false teacher today will tell us that the Christian has something to learn from Hinduism or Buddhism or the other religions of the world. Christ is not an exclusive savior. Finally, they will lack moral character. Jude verse four tells us that they are ungodly, man. They will lack integrity. They will lack moral fortitude. So Paul is saying of the nasty [inaudible 00:21:45] that we’re doing the runs in Colossi, that their philosophy is deceptive and dangerous because it’s empty, and it’s earthly, and it’s elemental. It’s not after Christ. You and I need to understand that false teaching and false teachers are from hell, from hell. Doctrines of demons, deceiving spirits. This week I opened an email. All of a sudden I had a virus alert on my computer and I quickly shut the email down.
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Hopefully no damage was done. I have virus protection software, as I’m sure you have, but it reminded me of something I read just recently in that you and I might wonder where do all these computer viruses come from anyway? Well, they come from multiple sources today, but early on, there were some identifiable sources and John Norstad of Northwestern University who was a systems engineer and a computer guru. He was the one who invented the Disinfect software program. He made a discovery that he passes on in an article that I read in that he was at a conference in Europe in 1992. And he met most of his counterparts in the PC antiviral community there in Europe.
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And one of the fellows was a Bulgarian who told him about the Bulgarian virus writing factories. And he went on to tell John Norstad that in the a day of the Cold War, the communists and the KGB trimmed and paired PC programmers to break into Western computer systems, in a sense, they were a governmental official piracy program. They would either hack into the Western computer systems or send viruses to cause problems for our intelligent agencies. But when communism failed and the government failed in Bulgaria, along with it, all these people were out of work, and they became disenchanted. They became bitter.
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And so what they did, they formed virus writing clubs, [inaudible 00:23:50] and was simply to infect the PC community worldwide, if they weren’t happy, they were going to make everybody else miserable. And that’s exactly what they did. In fact, in the early days of virus corruption, a significant percentage of PC viruses came out of a group of disaffected hackers who were formerly KGB agents. It seems to me that computer viruses are a lot like false teaching about God and morality. They destroy what is valuable. And just as viruses have their source in a group of malicious and disaffected KGB agents, false teaching has its source in a group of malicious spirits called demons who are sent into this world intentionally to pump error into the world, to deceive and to destroy people if they’re damned and they are, they want everybody else to be damned along with them.
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And so may God and give us grace to be discerning. Let’s move on to their fullness. That’s [inaudible 00:25:01] versus six through eight but nine verses nine through 10, we have their fullness having considered their firmness. We now consider their fullness. We’re at the epicenter of Paul’s letter. Paul wants to kneel down to the floor. The reality that the believers at Colossi need nothing besides or beyond Christ. They are completing him. Who in his fullness makes them full if Christ is fully God. And that’s what Paul’s going to argue here in verse nine, if Christ is fully God, then he is enough for the Colossians. And if Christ is fully God, this morning, he is enough for us. This is Paul’s point. Christ is no supplemental savior. He has a sufficient savior, in him are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge in him dwells all the fullness of deity and bodily form.
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For the Christian, it can never be Christ plus. For the Christian, it can never be Christ plus. Let’s see two things quickly. I want you to see Christ complete primacy, that’s Paul’s argument in verse nine, for in him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily to counteract the warming of this false philosophy into the life and ministry of the church of Colossi. Paul picks up an earlier theme and forcefully [inaudible 00:26:33] the basic affirmation of Christianity that God was fully present in Christ Jesus within history. This is Paul’s equivalent to what John wrote in John 1:14 and the word became flesh and dwelled among us. In him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead body. This is one of the great Christological statements of the New Testament. Paul is making it crystal clear here that Christ is fully God and Christ is truly man. And that hit The Gnostic right between the eyes because their theology taught that Christ was not God.
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He was an ammunition from God. He was a spiritual agent. Far dine the divine Totem Pole. And even when he was seen on earth, his bodily form was only apparent. He was a spirit entity. He was not encased in flesh because The Gnostic had a dualistic view of life and philosophy. The material things were evil and the spiritual things were good. And so there’s just no way that a spiritual agent or entity sent from God would take to himself human flesh. That was only apparent. But Paul wants to hit this dangerous and deceptive philosophy right between the eyes. And so he gives us one of the great Christological statements in him, dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily fully God, truly man in Christ. Paul says all that daddy means is not dwelling. Everything of God gets expressed in Christ. He is the essence of God, undivided and undiluted, or I like the way [Kent Hughes 00:28:25] puts it.
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Christ is the soul temple of deity and whom divine glories are stored, or to put it another way. Maybe a little clearer, even crudely when it comes to God, Christ is one-stop shopping. It’s basically what Paul was saying. When it comes to God, Christ is basically one-stop shopping. Christ is the head of all principality and power. The end of verse 10, Christ is the head and the ruler and the authority. And therefore there is nothing above him and everything else is underneath him. That’s the point. He’s truly God. And he’s fully man in Christ. We have the fullness of God dwelling in bodily form, taking up residents in a human body. The adverb bodily here reversed to Christ’s body or physical form speaks of the solid reality of Christ. As a man, remember they believed he was an apparition. He didn’t have a physical body. We only thought he did. He was this kind of ghostly figure. And Paul says, absolutely not. Christ was all the fullness of God in solid reality.
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He was human as much as you and I are human. And he didn’t use a body like a suit of clothes. It became his permanent resonance. The verb here dwell is an intensive word. It’s a present tense verb in the Greek, which means that he goes on dwelling in this body in fun item. There was this idea among some [inaudible 00:30:12] text in the New Testament era that kind of this spiritual entity will call Christ. Took this body will call Jesus and used it for a time and then discarded it when his mission was done. But that’s not what the Bible teaches. That’s not Christian theology. No, the marvel of our gospel is that Christ took to himself human flash and he joined himself to that flash listen permanently. That’s why we must believe in the bodily resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ.
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That’s why we believe that there is a man in glory this morning, who is touched with the feelings of our infirmities. God was in Christ and all the fullness of the Godhead dwelled permanently, continually in the Lord Jesus Christ, the man. That’s why I love the words of [Adrian Rogers 00:31:09]. He says this concerning Christ, Christ was the earthly child of a heavenly father and the heavenly child of an earthly mother. He was fully God. He was as much God as though he were not man at all. But he was as much man, as though he were not God at all. He was not all God and no man. He was not all man. And no, God, he was not half God and half man. He was fully God and fully man. He was the God man. There was never anyone like him. Jesus Christ did not have his beginning in Bethlehem.
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He did not have his beginning in maternity, but in eternity he did not begin with Mary. He began in the bosom of the father and never, ever really began. I want to tell you when Jesus Christ was born, he was as old as his father and he was older than his mother. Jesus Christ is forever God, that’s something you and I need to communicate to Jehovah Witnesses who deny Colossians 2:9. They deny the deity of the Lord, Jesus Christ. They deny that he was resurrected in a body. They actually teach that he was Michael, the archangel, that he was a created being, that he was not resurrected bodily, that he was a man when he was on earth. And that while we can honor him, we should never worship him. If they come to your door, telling “you know what our pastor was speaking on Sunday about a very interesting verse.”
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And once you’re done speaking to them, by the way, don’t bid them, God’s [inaudible 00:32:43]. Don’t welcome them to our city. People are lost enough without these people damning them even more, which brings me quickly to not only Christ’s complete primacy. And really Paul is setting himself up to say something by reminding us of the supremacy and the sufficiency of the Lord, Jesus Christ. We not only have Christ complete primacy. Here’s a great thought to finish. We have Christ complete provision, having crossed his theological T and dotted his doctrinal eye. Paul proceeds to make a profound pastoral point [inaudible 00:33:20] verse 10, for him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And you are complete in him.
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Who is the head of all principality and power. Do you notice the link here, verse 10 begins with a conjunction, just cannot forget that there are verses in your Bible verse nine and 10, can have a paragraph by themselves. They’re long sentence. Paul is saying, you know what? Jesus Christ is the fullness of the Godhead in solid reality, taking up resonance in a human body, earned here’s the implication. If he is the fullness of God in bodily form and we are in him, we receive the fullness. We are complete. We have everything that’s necessary for life and godliness. This is Paul’s point. If there is fullness deity to be found in Christ and there is fullness of salvation to be found in Christ.
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Here’s what he’s saying to the Colossians. If Christ is God, how then would a believer conclude that Christ can only meet some of their needs. Must be a very weak God, must be a very small deity. No, Jesus Christ is the Lord of the universe. The firstborn among creation, in him all things consist. Given his grandeur, given his glory, why would the Christian need to look any further? And the answer is he wouldn’t. We are complete. It’s the same word actually for fullness. We are full. We have everything we need. If the fullness of deity is in Christ and to be in Christ is to have fullness. If the believer is in union with Christ and his life is linked to a reservoir of unending divine fullness, I want you to lay hold of this for a few minutes.
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I’m going to just stay here, keep it simple, but keep it profound. And we’ll end with this thought. Did you hear what I said? When you came to know the Lord Jesus Christ, the day you got saved, the day you give up any hope in yourself and put all your hope in him as the only mediator between God and man, as the one who appeared at the end of the age to make a sacrifice for sin by himself, the day you put your faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ, you were linked to him. And Christ is a reservoir of unending grace. Think about his fullness. Think about his fullness. And you need to, because you’ve come this morning and you feel spent and downtrodden and beaten. And perhaps you expanded from your perspective, your last ounce of energy you give, all of that was left of you to a certain thing. And there it lies incomplete, unfinished. You’re disappointed. You’re discouraged. And you’re not sure you can go on. Let me tell you something this morning, whenever you and I turn the faucet of God’s grace, it will never drip dry.
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What did John say? I love the way he put it. And John 1:16 of his fullness we have received grace for grace. Here’s a better way to translate that of his fullness we have received upon grace, upon grace, upon grace. When you turn the faucet of God’s grace it will never drip-dry because in Christ is fullness. And if you’re in Christ, you’ll never be empty. There’s always strength for the bottle. There’s always wisdom for the problem. There’s always an answer for the question. There’s always forgiveness for the sin. I love the way Bishop [Handley Moule 00:37:39] the great English minister pictured John 1:16. He said, “John is picturing God’s grace. God’s love God’s kindness to us as a river [inaudible 00:37:56] river. And he has you standing on the banks of that river. And you watch this constant flow of water. And what you see is water.”
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No, what you see is water, upon water, upon water, upon water. If you stand at a point, the water will pass you and other water will replace it. That’s the image. That’s the beauty of the language that John uses back in his gospel. God has a river of grace and you and I can walk into it. We can swim in it. We can splash in it because there’s grace, after grace, after grace, after grace. It just keeps coming because Christ is inexhaustible. That’s why Christianity is an all sufficient relationship with an all sufficient Christ. Listen to these words in Christ, we have a love that can never be fathomed, a life that can never die. A righteousness that can never be tarnished. A piece that can never be understood. A joy that can never be diminished. A hope that can never be disappointed, a glory that can never be collided, a light that can never be darkened, a happiness that can never be enfeebled, a purity that can never be defiled. A beauty that can never be marred, a wisdom that can never be baffled and resources that can never be exhausted. Amen.
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Amen.
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We are complete in him.