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Colossians 1:19

The Fullness of God

19 For it pleased [the Father] that in him should all fulness dwell;

As you can see, "the Father" is not in the original Greek manuscript. It was added by the translators for clarity, although not all scholars believe that it should be there. Peter T. O'Brien translates the verse in this way, "For in Him all the fullness was pleased to dwell." This aligns more with a literal translation, but basically means the same thing. The "fullness" would of course mean the fullness of God, or God Himself.

This verse tells us why Jesus should have the preeminence above all things (v.18). First, because the fullness of God the Father dwells in Him and secondly, because it pleases the Father to be one with His Son. Jesus confirmed the same, saying, "I and [my] Father are one." (John 10:30)

We cannot help but think of some of the verses in which the Father has expressed His good pleasure with His Son. "And there came a voice from heaven, [saying], Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." (Mark 1:11) "And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." (Matthew 3:17) "While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him." (Matthew 17:5)

This is a particularly important verse for us to understand, because there is a direct similarity between the relationship of Father and Son and our relationship with the Son. Paul wrote that he prayed for the Ephesian church, "That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what [is] the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God." (Ephesians 3:17-19)

If all the fullness of God dwells within our Lord, then that fullness is available to us as we increase and strengthen our relationship with Christ. "And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace." (John 1:16) This is not only grace. It is an unimaginable grace, a gift to wonderful for us to understand.

No one could say it better than C. H. Spurgeon, "Behold the plan which infinite Wisdom has devised! The Eternal Son of God becomes Man! The Divine Nature comes in all its fullness and dwells in the Mediator Christ Jesus! Coming into Him, He was made to feel the mighty burning of Justice, which caused Him agony but could not consume Him, for in Him there was no sin. Justice burned and blazed within Him and cast Him into a bloody sweat—yes, brought Him to the Cross and to death because He stood in the sinner's place. But this golden Vessel, though heated, was not melted! It could contain the Divine fire and yet not be destroyed—and now in Christ Jesus dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily and, moreover, the Divine Nature is in Him in such a way as to be capable of communication to the sons of men. Of course the essence of Deity is not communicated, for that would be to make men into Gods—but we are "made partakers of the Divine Nature" in the sense of receiving the same character—and becoming the children of God. That which God could not bring to us directly by reason of our inability to receive it, He has now brought to us through a Mediator, by placing it in the Man, Christ Jesus, that we, coming to Him, might freely receive of it." (C. H. Spurgeon Sermons; Col 1,19 #1169 - The Fullness of Christ the Treasury of the Saints; theWord Bible Study Software)

Before The Throne:

Has it ever occurred to you that you could share in the Divine Nature? Meditate on that awesome fact for a moment. Ask the Lord to help you develop a stronger relationship with Him. It will require that you have a greater dependence on Him for all things and that you will strive to be more obedient. Are you ready for that? Pray about what worldly things you can give up in order to be more free to serve Him.

For Further Study:

** Col 2:3, 9; Col 3:11; Matt 11:25-27; Luke 10:21; John 1:16; John 3:34; Eph 1:3, 23; Eph 4:10;


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