I don’t know about you, but I like completeness! I like it when the needle on my gas tank is pointing at full. When I’m hungry I really like seeing my plate full of my favorite food! When I’m on shopping I love going to stores that are fully stocked with goods. To sum it all up, I like completeness!
As a Christian you are complete in Christ and I want to take a moment to share Colossians 2:11-15 on what it means to be completely complete in Christ.
1. In Christ You are Completely Saved (v.11-12)
Paul rejected the false teachings that physical circumcision was necessary for salvation. Paul used this word picture to illustrate how believers are completely changed by Christ. Circumcision metaphorically illustrates the cutting away and removal of your sinful nature’s power (cf. Rom. 6:6; Tit. 3:5). This spiritual operation can only be performed by Christ Himself. There is nothing you can do to earn salvation.
Next (v.12) Paul illustrated how believers are united in Christ by using the picture of baptism. When one is saved they are buried with Christ, raised with Christ, and made alive to serve Christ. (This is not a reference to water baptism in order to be saved.)
If you don’t view your sin nature as completely dead, then you will continue to live as though you are powerless against sin. You are completely saved!
2. In Christ You are Completely Forgiven (v.13-14)
Paul wanted the Colossians to correctly understand the doctrine of forgiveness; that all of their sins have been completely forgiven! They have been released from the penalty of sin and made spiritually alive to serve God. There was no reason to add something to Christ in order to gain favor with God.
Many Christians struggle with the fact that every single sin is completely forgiven through the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ on the cross! (cf. Rom. 6:15-23; 1 Jh. 1:9). All your sins – past and future, big and small, known and unknown – all of them are permanently and irreversibly forgiven! How is this possible? How can God do this?
1) “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us,” – The certificate of debt (IOU) that you owe God because of your violation to His divine law has been completely cancelled, erased, washed, wiped-away, cleared, and deleted at salvation!
2) “…which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way,” – The sins that once sentenced you to hell have been permanently set aside, never to be seen again!
3) “…nailing it to his cross.” – Individuals who were crucified had their reason for death hung over their head to publicly reveal what they did wrong (cf. Matt. 27:37; Jh. 19:19). Christ took your charges and died in your place on the cross (cf. 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:13).
Having a biblical understanding of how you know Christ has forgiven all your sins is liberating! Amen!
3. In Christ You are Completely Victorious (v.15)
Have you ever watched you favorite sports team win the championship and then parade through their home city celebrating their win over the opponents? In similar fashion, Christ disarmed every satanic power from all authority to accuse sinners by His death on the cross (crucifixion) and victory over the grave (resurrection). He then publically paraded their defeat just like a king would return from war. Christ is your conqueror. See 1 Cor. 15:55-58; 1 Pet. 3:18.
This passage sets out the total sufficiency of the person and work of Christ. Sin is forgiven; evil is conquered, what more is necessary? Christ has done it all! You are complete in Christ!
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