Thursday, March 8, 2012

In Christ - I am complete in Him

I am complete in Him...

Colossians 2:9,10  For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority."

Charles Stanley – Into His Presence

"Many believers do not understand the vast riches they already possess in Jesus Christ, an infinite treasure of wisdom and knowledge and all good things. The moment you accept His as your Savior you receive everything God is, everything God does, and everything God provides. You lack nothing. God’s immeasurable, overflowing love and power are available to you by His grace for every trial, every decision, every challenge."

Matthew Henry – Concise Commentary on Colossians

"Under the law, the presence of God dwelt between the cherubim, in a cloud which covered the mercy-seat; but now it dwells in the person of our Redeemer, who partakes of our nature, and is bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh, and has more clearly declared the Father to us. It dwells in Him bodily…The fullness of the Godhead dwells in the Christ really, and not figuratively; for He is both God and man. The Jews thought themselves complete in the ceremonial law; but we are complete in Christ."

I don’t know about you, but I have a really hard time with the process involved in projects. I LONG for completion – yet I’ve learned that for most everything I need and/or want to do I have to be patient with the process of doing it. Whether it’s painting a mural – sewing a dress – putting up new curtains – installing new software – redesigning my garden - there are steps and processes involved to get me from point A to point B. How AWESOME it is to know that I am already complete "in Christ!" The process is done – once I committed my life into His hands I was (and still am) complete! What a comfort that is! I don’t have to strive to follow the letter of the law (I tried that for years – and ended up with a bleeding ulcer) – now I can rest in the finished work of Christ on the cross!

Now – sanctification is another story altogether – that IS a process – a day to day process of growing "in Christ" and allowing God to conform me into the image of Christ – but He’s already done all the work – He’s given me everything I need – and He’s promised to get me to that final finish line where I hope to hear "well done thou good and faithful servant!" Sharon

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