Complete In Jesus Part 22
I promised that I would deal with how Colossians 2:8-10 reverses the curse of sin so that will be the focus of this blog.
Let me start by saying, the reason Colossians 2:8-10 reverses the curse of sin is because it goes straight to the root of the problem of sin which is lack of faith in God. Adam and Eve fell because they both stop believing that they were made complete by dwelling in God. This lack of faith caused both of them to surrender to the lust of their flesh (rather than to the Spirit of God) and eat the forbidden fruit. The moment they ate the forbidden fruit they died spiritually because they were no longer dwelling in God. The only reason they did not die physically is because God the Father, the Son (Jesus) and the Holy Ghost had put a plan in place before creating the world so mankind would have a period of time to repent and to reconnect with God through faith: This period of time is called grace and the plan is called the plan of salvation (see Ephesians 1:3-7 & 2:1-10).
Therefore, the only way to reverse the curse of sin is to live by the truth expressed in Colossians 2:8-10 which reads as follows:
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: (Emphasis supplied)
This is why Jesus said: I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6 (Emphasis supplied).
It is also why we are told in Hebrews 11:6:
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).
Because we all are born in sin (separated from God) we have been spoiled by the lie that we are made complete by the people, places and things of this world rather than by dwelling in Jesus. Even those of us who profess to be followers of and believers in Jesus Christ struggle with believing that He is and we are made complete in Him. This is why we often neglect prayer and when we do pray our prayers are not answered: They are not answered because they are not based in faith in Jesus but rather faith in the people, places and things of this world. When we are lonely do we pray for a deeper relationship with Jesus or for God to give a person to make us whole? When we are in financial straits do we seek a closer walk with Jesus or do we pray for God to bless us with a better job or a job period? How many times have you neglected to seek God in prayer when in need or how often have you prayed and did not receive the answer to your prayer?
We are told why this happens and what we must do in order to correct it in James 4:1-6. Notice how it reads:
4:1 From whence [come] wars and fightings among you? [come they] not hence, [even] of your lusts that war in your members? 4:2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume [it] upon your lusts. 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. 4:5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
Verse 5 tells us that the spirit that dwells in all humanity is a spirit that lust (desires) the people, places and things of this world: All because we do not believe that we are made complete in Jesus. It is because of this lack of faith that we do not seek God in prayer to get those desires (fleshly lust) met and even if we pray we do not receive what we desire fully because we are seeking the same things the world is seeking to be complete (v.3). It is this spirit that puts us at odds (enmity) with God and makes us friends with the world (v.4). God’s grace is the only solution to this dilemma but in order to receive His grace we must humble ourselves.
Next week I am going to deal with what we are told we must do in order to humble ourselves so we can receive God’s grace and reverse the curse of sin. Until then I leave you with this portion of scripture to ponder and pray over:
4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse [your] hands, [ye] sinners; and purify [your] hearts, [ye] double minded. 4:9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and [your] joy to heaviness. 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. James 4:7-10 (Emphasis supplied).