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Complete in Christ

(Colossians 2:6-19)

Lesson 11 -- third quarter 2000
August 13, 2000

by Mark Roth
© Copyright 2000, Christian Light Publications

Are you satisfied?
Our role in the completeness of another.

Everyone wants and seeks for fullness, completeness and satisfaction. And how many avenues people chase down, trying to reach that wonderful destination! They try to attain completeness through marriage or business or career or entertainment or self-indulgence or travel or ministry or who knows what else. Few in our world today find true fulfillment, because few in the world know where to look for it. Have you found it? Do you know where to find it? I do!

Colossians 2:10 points us in the only right direction with this tremendous assurance: "Ye are complete in him." Those who are fully yielded to Jesus Christ are also full in Him. Our word complete translates the Greek word pleroo, which the King James Version translates more often as fulfil (by a 25:1 ratio, in fact). To help us get a fuller appreciation for our completeness in Him, here are some of the other passages where pleroo is used.

"And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him" (Luke 2:40). His completeness in us fills us with His wisdom.

"Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full" (John 16:24). As our boldness in Him increases, we ask and receive according to His will, resulting in fullness of joy.

"That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit" (Romans 8:4). Our daily, living surrender to Jesus brings about in us an amazing completeness which the Law could never bring: righteousness!

"Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost" (Romans 15:13). In John 16 we already saw the dimension of joy being fulfilled in us. Here we find added to us complete peace as well as hope.

"I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation" (2 Corinthians 7:4). When you are in the middle of your darkest moments, remember that your completeness in Christ fills you with comfort.

"Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God" (Philippians 1:11). Jesus in us; we in Jesus: the result is righteousness, as we already said, but also the fruits of righteousness. Praise God, we can enjoy completeness in our productivity!

Are you complete in Him?

This wonderful privilege of completeness in Jesus could lead us to think that we don't need anyone else in our Christian life. So let's look yet at a few verses that illuminate our role in the completeness of another.

"For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding" (Colossians 1:9).

"Always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God" (Colossians 4:12).

"Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power" (2 Thessalonians 1:11).

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