You Are Complete In Him
Keyverses: Ephesians3:17-21 Colossians 2:8-10
Ever since the Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. many of Christendom have battled with the proper concept of God.
However, the Bible clearly declares there is only “One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” (Ephesians 4:6)
And the scripture speaks of that one God being “.... Christ in you, the hope of glory”. (Colossians 1:27)
It then says in Romans 8:11, “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”
Vs. 9 “Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his”.
Therefore, we concluded that Jesus Christ was not the second person in the trinity but the Bible records that Jesus in his glorified state in Revelation 22:43 said, “I am alpha and omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”
Many people are confused about the dual nature of Christ.
Yet, through biblical understanding we can see that he was frail humanity and yet he is glorious deity.
Isaiah prophesied about the coming Messiah in Isaiah 9:6, “...his name shall be called wonderful, counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting father, the Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah 7:14, “...and shall call his name Immanuel.”
The name Immanuel or Emmanuel is defined in Matthew 1:23, “...they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”
Colossians 2:9 states, “...in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.”
In whom? According to Colossians 2:9 it is in Jesus Christ.
This simply means that everything God has been to previous generations is gathered up and brought together in Jesus Christ.
Every attribute, every characteristic, and all the power of God is in Jesus.
Ironically, the revelation of the mighty God in Christ becomes clearer to us when we walk through times of testing and trial. This is when we are allowed to witness him working in our lives.
In scripture the greatest works of God were revealed in times of crises. We know him through needing him.
Let’s look at some tried areas of scripture where God’s attributes were acclaimed. 1) It begins with Abraham in Genesis 22.
God asked Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice.
Obediently Abraham prepared to sacrifice Isaac, but just before he took Isaac’s life on the altar, the angel of the Lord called unto him not to follow through with the sacrifice.
When Abraham lifted his eyes, he saw a ram caught in a thicket by his horns, this was God’s substitute for Isaac.
When he beheld the ram, Abraham called the place “Jehovah-Jireh” which means “the Lord will provide”.
Abraham called God a provider in the Old Testament. Moreover, this is certainly a characteristic of Jesus in the New Testament.
In Mark 6 when 5,000 people needed fed, Jesus took the meager lunch of a lad (five loaves and two fish) and everyone present ate until they were filled. Not only was there enough to feed the hungry 5,000 but twelve baskets full remained.
Jesus is a provider!
2) In Exodus 17 Moses is observing a battle between Israel and the Amalekites.
When Moses’ hands were lifted, Israel prevailed. However, when Moses grew weary and lowered his hands, the enemy prevailed.
When Aaron and Hur noticed this, they held Moses’ hands up standing on either side of him.
Coincidentally, this is our posture in praising God (raising our hands in praise to God).
Victory comes as we praise the Lord.
Moses named the place “Jehovah–Nissi” which means “God is my banner or victory”.
However, in the New Testament in Acts 16 when Paul and Silas were imprisoned, they lifted up their praises at midnight. Amazingly, their bands were loosed and everyone else’s bands in the prison were loosed. The doors of the prison were opened.
How did this happen? Jesus did it! Jesus is our “Jehovah-Nissi”. He is our victory!
3) In Exodus 15 when Israel was threatened by disease and terrible sickness.
God instructed Moses that if his people would follow him and obey him, he would put none of these diseases upon them.
The Lord said to Moses in Exodus 15:26, “...I am the Lord that healeth thee.”The Hebrew word used here is “Jehovah – Rapha”.
It is no secret that Jesus healed in the New Testament.
- He cleansed the leper. (Matthew 8:1-4; Mark 1:40-45; Luke 5:12-16)
- He opened blinded eyes. (John 9:1-12)
- He healed the deaf ear. (Mark 7:31-37)
How? Because he is “Jehovah-Rapha” the Lord that healeth thee.
4) David had many beautiful descriptions of God.
In Psalms 23 he names one of God’s greatest characteristics. He describes God by saying “the Lord is my shepherd”.
This comes from the Hebrew which means “Jehovah-Rohi”. David called him “my shepherd” in the Old Testament.
Yet, when we fast-forward to the New Testament Jesus said in John 10:27,“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”
Jesus is our shepherd. A shepherd leads his flock.
If you are in a dark valley, he will lead you out. If you are in a dry place, he will lead you beside still waters. If your enemies are present, he will still prepare a table for you.
David said, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.”
As long as the Lord remains our shepherd, we will not want for anything. We are complete in him!