To remind believers of who we are in Christ Jesus, The Verse of the Day for July 16, 2016 makes this bold declaration:
Colossians 2:9-10 (AMP):
For in Him all the fullness of Deity (the Godhead) dwells in bodily form [completely expressing the divine essence of God]. And in Him you have been made complete [achieving spiritual stature through Christ], and He is the head over all rule and authority [of every angelic and earthly power].
This is how the New Living Testament renders the verse:
Colossians 2:9-10 (NLT)
9 For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.10 So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.
To more fully understand our identity in Christ, let’s take a look at the preceding verses found in Colossians 2:6-10
6 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. 7 Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
8 Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. 9 For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. 10 So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.
God desires that we recognize that we are complete, that we lack nothing in our relationship with Him through Christ Jesus, our Lord.
James 1:3-4 (AMP) reveals God’s desire toward us:
3 Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing.
The fullness of God abides or remains in Christ, and we abide or remain in Christ as those who are born again of His spirit. To express this reality the Greek preposition “en” is translated “in,” denoting “being or remaining within, with the primary idea of rest and continuance, also denoting continuance of time, relating to union and fellowship (E.W. Bullinger). The position of this particular preposition is conveyed as the center of a circle, a position that never changes but remains fixed. In a similar manner, our position in Christ never changes, despite what may transpire in our circumstances that constantly fluctuate.
As we have received Christ Jesus, the Lord, we are to walk in him, which is an aspect of renewing the mind, whereby we put off the old and put on the new. The culminating aspect of renewing the mind is to put on charity or to demonstrate or manifest or to put into action the love of God. The Word of God encourages us to
Walk in Love: Our Best Defense
Don’t bite the bait,
Don’t take offense.
Walk in the love of Jesus Christ
It’s your best defense.
Scripture Memory Song
Always attacking, the Accuser stalks his prey,
Relentless in maligning Saints, both night and day.
Fiery darts of wicked words hurled in endless assaults:
The aim of evil deeds that magnify our faults.
He sets the traps, lures of the Spirit of Offense.
To counteract, we walk in love, our best defense.
He tries to trip us up, to be a stumbling block,
But we are ever vigilant around the clock.
Although we strive to reach the highest good,
Our motives are questioned; we are misunderstood.
Despite life’s challenges, we seek to rise above.
Though deeply wounded when betrayed, we still walk in love.
The thief comes to offend, falsely accuse, and betray,
But we conquer through Christ each time we trust and obey
The Verse of the Day and related scriptures remind us that we are complete in Christ, “In Christ Alone,” powerfully expressed in this song by Travis Cottrell: