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COMPLETE IN CHRIST

COMPLETE IN CHRIST

According to Colossians 2:10, as followers of Christ, we are “complete in Christ”. I find the implications of this statement to be both overwhelming and incredibly inspiring!

Complete in Christ! To think that “all of God lives in Christ’s body” (Col 2:9) and that Christ lives in us…

We are complete in Christ! We went from being DEAD because of our sins and worldly thinking to being made ALIVE in Christ when He canceled our debt. He erased the charges against us, by nailing them to the cross! (Col 2:13-14) By grace, through faith we are now complete in Him!

So, what does this concept mean to us? Does it mean we get it right all the time? No, that certainly hasn’t been the case for myself. But what it does mean, is that we have a hope, an understanding within that encourages and strengthens us to keep on. There’s an unseen power in this statement that causes faith to arise in us so we realize that we can BELIEVE, beyond any doubt:

  • that God is sovereign. There is nothing or no-one who rivals Him. He is, was and always will be in full control!
  • that God always knows and does what’s best for us
  • that everything God says about us is true. For example, He says we’re “a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come” (2 Cor 5:17)
  • that we possess the power to live out the following truths. Like Paul said, “I don’t look back, I lengthen my stride, and I run straight toward the goal to win the prize that God’s heavenly call offers in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 3:13, 14). We can:
    • walk in obedience
    • love each other and our enemies
    • say no to temptation
    • control our thoughts
    • forgive and be forgiven
    • be thankful at all times
    • focus on things that are above” (Col. 3:1), knowing that this world is not all there is.
    • etc, etc!!

We’re complete in Christ! Let your faith arise. Faith to act on the dreams that God has put in your heart to make a difference in this world. Faith to step out and fulfill the call to “Love God, Love Others & Serve”! Let’s allow the reality of this truth to cause us to use the gifts, talents and desires God has given us, to accomplish our part of the Great Commission, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you…” Matthew 28:19-20

CLOSER NOW THAN EVER!

CLOSER NOW THAN EVER!

Do you know that God is closer now than ever before? I just finished reading the book of Exodus! It starts out pretty exciting with the story of Moses delivering the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Once they get to Mount Sinai and the 10 Commandments are given the action slows down and it gets into various laws and the plans for the tabernacle. Most of the last 15 chapters in Exodus describe this tabernacle. I admit I was kinda skimming through this part but when I got to the last chapter there were a few things that struck me.

  1. The Building Itself

What an amazing accomplishment! The detailed plans that God gave Moses included the exact materials needed for every part along with precise dimensions. These materials included the finest linen and animal skins, the brightest yarns and an incredible amount of gold, silver and bronze. Even though it was a tent, it was made using the best materials. It was colorful and extravagant!

 

  1. God’s Love for His People

I wondered why God would have them go to all this intricate work for a portable “church”? Why not wait till they were in Canaan and build a permanent structure? God cares so much about His people and the tabernacle was His presence among them. Everywhere they went He was in their midst. They were never alone. It was His presence with them that set them apart from every other nation on earth.

 

  1. The Glory of God

At the end of Exodus 40, when Moses has finished setting up the tabernacle, precisely according to God’s instructions, a remarkable thing happened. The cloud that led them through the wilderness by day, covered the tabernacle and the glory of the Lord filled the place! What a powerful visual declaration of God’s presence and glory among His people.

 

Sometimes I think that it would have been awesome to be in that place and time to see God’s glory fill the tabernacle. Yet what we have today is even better. In the Old Testament, God was in the physical tabernacle, today as Christ followers, we are the tabernacle of God (2 Cor 6:16). God lives in us when we choose to believe and follow Him. What incredible love He has towards us. Because He is in us, naturally, His glory is seen on us (Isa 60:1). And I think He was just as detailed and extravagant in creating us. (Ps 139:14) He knit us together in our mother’s womb; no two people exactly alike.  How amazing is that? He really is closer now than He’s ever been! We are a blessed people indeed!

 

To find out more about the glory of God check out the “SOMETHING MORE” sermon series on our website www.vcrd.ca.