Colossians 1:19-20 reads:
For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
Verse 19 says that all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell in him, which means Christ is fully God. It’s important that we affirm the full deity of Christ lest we fall into the error of making Christ a created being. Colossians 2:9 teaches that the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, which shows that Christ is truly divine and truly human! While this is difficult for our finite minds to grasp, it is important that we understand what the Scripture teaches about Christ. He is fully God, yet also a human who can sympathize with us in our weakness. Whether or not you hold to this truth has major implications to your faith!
The full deity and humanity of Christ also shows the unique ability for Christ to reconcile God and man. Because of man’s sin, punishment was necessary and it had to be paid by a human. However, all humans are sinful and thus nobody is worthy enough to provide a sufficient atonement for sin. Therefore, God himself put on flesh and took the punishment we deserve. Jesus is the only sinless human who was worthy to provide a pure sacrifice for our sin!
- Do you believe in the full deity of Christ? What are the practical implications for your life?
- Do you believe in the full humanity of Christ? What are the practical implications for your life?
- How does understanding the Old Testament requirements for an unblemished sacrifice help you understand the work of Christ on the cross?