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God Within and Without

Some of the wording describing the “in-ness” of Christ in the Paul’s letter to the Colossians is mind-blowing.

  • Christ is before all things, and in Him all things hold together
  • It was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fulness to dwell in Him
  • In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge
  • In Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form

So – Jesus cannot be considered apart from His “in-ness” with God the Father, and indeed, with all creation. He is not some remote and limited historical figure of dubious significance. According to the gospel, He is the image of the all-wise God. Nothing came into being apart from Christ; nothing continues to exist without Christ.

From the intricate marvels of individual DNA strands, to the vast stretches of innumerable galaxies, and everywhere in between, resides the Creator and Lord of all. The barren notion that {all things = deity} is trumped by the truth that the Divine God is before, above, around, and in all the things He created.

But that’s not all.

This same Jesus takes up residence in the hearts of His people. He seizes our darkened souls, kicks out our selfish addiction to immorality, and renews us continually in gracious love. Not in some faraway, abstract sense. But in actual, real-time presence.

And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach…(the mystery of the gospel is) Christ in you, the hope of glory.

The fulness of God is in Christ, with no limits. And the fulness of the living Christ is in us who believe. The gospel is not merely one of many religious messages. It is Emmanuel – God with us.

Christmas is about the light and hope of God coming to earth in the person of Jesus. But Jesus didn’t just do some 33-year gig and go away. He, for all ages, dwells (through His limitless Spirit) on earth in His body, the church.

And since the fulness of Christ is within us, we have enduring hope. The God without limits has come into our hearts.

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