I am more than able because I am made complete in Christ.
Colossians 2:8-12 (NASB)
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the traditions of men, according to the elementary principles of this world, rather than according to Christ. For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority;
And in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of flesh by the circumcision of Christ; having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
In Christ we have been re-created and are a new creation, we have not been rehabilitated. The fallen nature, the evil nature and the sinful nature of man are all describing the nature of man absent the glory of God. This is what the first Adam lost causing all of creation to be changed. Jesus is reconciling all of creation, restoring the fullness of the glory of God in the universe starting with God’s children.
Colossians 1:15-20 (NASB)
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and the earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things and in Him all things hold together.
He is also the head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn of the dead, so that He will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Fathers good pleasure for all the fullness of deity to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.
In reconciling us to the Father, Christ has made us complete and is restoring the glory of God in us. This is the light of Christ that grows in us as we walk in obedience. Since we have the fullness of Christ in us, we also have the same resurrection power in us that raised Him from the dead. Our limitations are in the philosophies and deceptions that have taken us captive. It is having them fall off of us through grounding our beliefs in God’s truths that we grow in brightness moving from glory to glory.
When we accept the path of peace between God and man, God is not just an observer watching over our life anymore. He is in us and willing to participate in all that we do. This is how our invisible God gets to enjoy His creation. He enjoys it through us. He wants us to enjoy His creation with Him as well. In partnering with His children we are working with God not for God. We are participating in accomplishing His purpose in the earth, living life to the fullest.
What is the Holy Spirit saying to me…?
How does today’s message apply to my life?…my beliefs?