Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #73
Posted: March 3, 2006

IN CHRIST
A Study of Positional Truths

Let me draw out attention to Colossians 2:9-13 for our IN CHRIST study this week.  Paul says, For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

The cults and false religions of our day will usually go wrong on one or all three of these major doctrines.  One is the doctrine of who Christ is, the fact that He claimed to be God the Father.  The second doctrine is the doctrine of a literal Hell versus the annihilation theory where one is burned up and it is over.  The third is the doctrine of the Holy Spirit.  Some say He is not a person but an influence.  The Jehovah Witness, Mormons, Muslims, Buddhists, Catholics, and many others go off on one or all three of these great doctrines.

Paul in our text deals with who Christ is.  He shows us that Jesus and God the Father are one.  Even the Jews who crucified Jesus understood who He said He was.  They had picked up stones to stone Him with.  The Jews asked them if they were stoning Him because of the works that he did.  The Jews answered him saying, “For a good word we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.” (John 10:33)

In verse 9 we are told who dwells IN CHRIST.  The word ‘dwelleth’ means to take up permanent residence and to settle down within.  We are told the ‘fullness of the Godhead’ dwelleth in Him.  The word ‘fullness’ means the glorious totality of who God is in His nature, person, personality, character, attributes, and essence.  We are told that all of God dwelleth in Him ‘bodily’.  The word ‘bodily’ means He is a man inhabited by God.  He is truly the God man.  He is all God and all man.  He is the Word made flesh.  This truth must not be watered down.  If it is, we stand in fear of Hell fire.  We are told in verse 10 that IN HIM we are ‘complete’.  The word ‘complete’ means to be made full.  We are full of fullness.  If He dwells in us we are full of God and need nothing else.  Paul tells us in verse 10 that He is the ‘head of all principality and power’.  We have been invaded by evil spirits of the worst kind from outer space, but greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. 

In verse 11 we are told that the death of Christ brought an end to all Old Testament rituals.  The veil was rent in two.  We can now go into His Holy presence.  These people wanted to graft Christianity unto Judaism.  We have them among us today.  We have those who make a mark of the outward appearance as a test of salvation.  Our standard of right and wrong dress is not the guideline.  Christ is the measuring rod.  Don’t get me wrong, if He is in you He will manifest Himself in the outward appearance.  We can align ourselves with the church outwardly and still not have Christ within. 

The phrase, ‘putting off’ is a violent term that carries the idea of quite putting off.  The cross has violently turned our old nature away from our new.  We cannot live the way we did.

In verse 12 He teaches us the picture of baptism.  It is an outward expression of an inward experience.  Be careful in putting a connection between Old Testament circumcision for a baby and infant baptism as a sign of a covenant connection.  Infant baptism had its beginning roots in Romanism! 

In verse 13 we are told that we who are ‘dead in our sins’ have been made alive through Calvary’s blood.  Surely, Calvary covered and took away all my sins.  Our text says we have been ‘forgiven’ all our trespasses.  The word ‘forgiven’ means to remit or remove completely.  I stand amazed as a righteous, holy, (without sins) saint of God in Christ, justified fully through Calvary’s flood, O what a standing is mine.

 

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