The All-Sufficient Christ

The New Testament contains at least three great proclamations of the “All-Sufficient Christ.” They are John 1:1-14, (“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God”), Hebrews 1:1-2, (“The Son is the radiance of God’s Glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word”), and Colossians 1:15-20. I would suggest reading each of these passages to receive all that God wants us to see about the All-Sufficient Christ.

These are Christological statements that point us to who Christ is and what He has done and is doing to bring us to God.

Today we will look at Colossians 1:15-20.

In this passage Paul confronted the Colossian error not by rejecting what the false teachers were saying but by giving them the truth about Christ. Live with the truth and you will not allow error into your life.

Apparently, the false teachers accepted Christ but did not think that He was all-sufficient. They wanted the Colossians to add to what Christ had done. They talked about “fullness.” This seems to be the same kind of error we see today.

These false teachers wanted the Colossians to add to Christ. They wanted these Gentile believers to take up the Law and to follow the dietary laws and the holy days. They may have asserted that God’s real fullness and power came through rules and regulations.

Paul made it clear that Christ is the fullness of God. “And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.”

Christ is the All-Sufficient Savior.

He is all we need.

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