2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: Colossians 2:8-10 (Emphasis supplied).
I chose this portion of scripture as my theme text for this series entitled, Complete In Jesus because it reveals a truth that defies our deepest emotions and beliefs and that truth is this:
All that we long for and desire in life can only be realized when we surrender our wills daily to Jesus Christ.
This will be the undergirding truth that I will be using throughout this series to show how daily surrender will make marriage happier, divorce a blessing and the single life fulfilling.
I will start by saying that life is about relationships: We are either married or single or divorced and the quality of our lives depend on how we deal with these 3 relationships. I have chosen to deal with the marriage relationship first for this reason:
- We have been spoiled by the lie that we are made complete by another human being.
It is because of this lie that marriage has been presented as the way to make us complete: Not only by worldly philosophy and tradition but also by the Church. I must confess that I once believed this lie and preached it with fervor for many years until Jesus revealed to me the powerful truth expressed in Colossians 2:8-10 which can be summarized in this way:
In Jesus dwells all of the fullness of God bodily and only in Him can we be made complete.
The reason it is so hard for us to believe and experience this wonderful truth is because of our sinful flesh which makes it impossible for us to experience the fullness of God naturally (see I Corinthians 2:9-14). This is why Hebrews 11:6 reads:
But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Emphasis supplied).
This makes it perfectly clear that only those who do the work of faith and diligently seek Jesus by taking up their cross daily and lose their lives for Jesus’ sake will experience the completeness they desire.
This makes perfect sense when you believe in the creation story told in Genesis: That story tells us that mankind was created in the image of God, filled with His Spirit and fullness (see Genesis 1:26-28). In this state humanity was complete and fit to rule over all of God’s creation until they believed the lie that they could be complete apart from God: Eve by choosing to believe the lie of Satan and Adam by choosing Eve over God. However, the moment they ate the fruit of the forbidden tree the Spirit of God left them and they died spiritually and could no longer feel the presence and fullness of God: They were now ruled by their flesh which is of this world and under Satan’s dominance (see Ephesians 2:1-3). Therefore our only hope of experiencing the fullness of God and being made complete is in daily surrender to Jesus.
So the simple truth that I will be applying throughout this series is this:
We can be complete in Jesus whether we are married, single or divorced.
Next week I am going to discuss the true purpose of marriage and why it is so important to build a marriage on it. Until then I leave you with this portion of scripture for you to ponder and pray over:
4:7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love… 4:15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. I John 4:7-8 & 15-16 (Emphasis supplied).