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For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. (Colossians 1:19-20, NKJV

In Jesus Christ all of the deity of God dwells. This is one of the great mysteries of the Christian faith. Jesus Christ was 100% God. Jesus Christ was 100% man. He was so much God that you could not see that He was human. He was so human you could not see that He was God. How does that work? I do not know. What I know is this is what the Bible tells me. I do not fully understand it. There are some things we have to believe on faith. This is one of them.

Because Jesus Christ is God (and fully God at that), He is able to do what no human could do: He reconciled lost sinners to a holy God. When the first man and woman sinned, they declared war on God; but God did not declare war on them. Instead, God sought Adam and Eve; and He provided atonement (a covering) for their sins.

The natural mind of the unsaved sinner is at war with God (Romans 8:7). The person may be sincere, religious, and even moral; but they are at war with God.
How can a holy God ever be reconciled with sinful man? Can God lower His standards, close His eyes to sin, and compromise with man? If He did, the universe would fall apart! God must be consistent with Himself and maintain His own holy Law.

There are several important truths here:

First, Jesus Christ has taken care of all things. All things were created by Him and for Him. He existed before all things, and today He holds all things together. He has reconciled all things through the Cross. No wonder Paul declared that in all things He might have the preeminence (Colossians 1:18).
Second, all that we need is Jesus Christ. We have all of God’s fullness in Him, and we are “filled full” (complete) in Him (Colossians 2:10). There is no need to add anything to the person or work of Jesus Christ. To add anything is to take away from His glory. To give Him prominence instead of preeminence is to dethrone Him.
Third, God is pleased when His Son, Jesus Christ, is honored and given preeminence. There are people who tell us they are Christians, but they ignore or deny Jesus Christ. “We worship the Father,” they tell us, “and that is all that is necessary.” That is simply untrue!
But Jesus made it clear that the Son is to be worshiped as well as the Father that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him (John 5:23–24).
Think It Through

Are you adding your obedience, good works, or charming personality to the gospel? That is dangerous ground. It is also an ongoing struggle. Martin Luther observed that “the default setting of the human heart is religion.”
Does Jesus have preeminence in your life? If not, why not?



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