The Body of God (Colossians #41)

Text: Colossians 2:9

Colossians 1:19

Fulness versus fullness – one describes a quantity like the glass is full. The other describes completeness as in Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof. It’s not that the earth has no more room for anything else like the physical measurement of a glass being full of water. This fulness is complete; everything about God the Father is in Jesus Christ. I realize we aren’t that precise with our language these days, but that’s the difference and it’s noteworthy.

Every characteristic of God is in Jesus Christ: righteousness, love, zeal for the things of God, judgment, wisdom, knowledge, humility, etc. With this in mind let’s consider this truth about the Lord Jesus Christ being the body of God as it’s laid out in the Bible.

Jesus Christ is the Prophet who is full of the Spirit of God – Deuteronomy 18:15-18 – a Prophet who speaks for God. Not a burning mountain that can’t be approached. Now look at how that’s explained in Acts 3:17-26

Jesus Christ’s obedience to God – Psalm 40:4-8 and Hebrews 10:5-10.

Psalm 110 The mediator, the Messiah is the only man who could ascend into the presence of God the Father. He is accepted by God the Father. And then waits until the wrath of Almighty God is poured out on the world which will be followed by the return of the mediator, the Lord Jesus Christ. Matthew 22:41-46 Jesus uses this psalm to quiet the Pharisees who will not accept that Christ is the Son of God.

Isaiah 40:3 and Matthew 3:1-3

Matthew 1:18 then look at 1 John 3:5, 8-9

Matthew 1:22-23 (virgin birth) is a reference to Isaiah 7:14.

The word dwelleth in Colossians describes the house God lives in like John 2:19-22. Christ is the bodily house of God.

1 Timothy 3:16