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In Him You Have Been Made Complete

May 7, 2014

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In Him  You Have Been  Made Complete

People have a tendency  to worry.     We’ll worry  about being dressed properly for various events.     We might worry  about doing well  on a particular test  or achievement status rating.     We might wonder  if we’re qualified  for a job  we want  —  and on and on…

People also worry about  doing enough  in this life  to get to heaven.     They will imagine  that there  has to be more  to getting into heaven  than just believing  in Jesus  and trusting  in His merits  to pay the price  of our sins.     So,  they will get  deeply involved  with all sorts of man-made traditions  about foods and drink  —  the keeping of various holy days  —  various ways  of fasting  —  paying attention  to various visions  people claim  to have had  —  their desire  to speak in tongues,  etc., etc.

The apostle Paul  wants us to know  for sure  that those things  are not what  our salvation  is about.     Instead of looking  to all these worldly things,  we need  to realize  that faith  in Christ Jesus  is what makes us  a true child  of God.     God wants us  totally depending  on what He has done  for us  in Jesus.     That is what  true Christianity  is all about.     We are not  to be looking  to all sorts  of external things,  to try  and add  to what Christ  has done for us.

What Jesus has done  on the cross  is all  that we need  to be pleasing  and acceptable  in God’s sight.     So,  Paul wrote in Colossians 2:9-10,

For  in Him  all the fulness  of Deity dwells  in bodily form,  and in Him  you have been made complete,  and He  is the head  over all rule  and authority.

Because Jesus is God   “in bodily form”,  He truly is  “the head  over all rule  and authority”.     Jesus has  the total authority  and authenticity  to take away  all of our sins  —  to make us holy  in God’s sight  —  to carry us through all  of our temptations  —  to strengthen us  in the true faith  —  to lead us  in His paths  of righteousness  —  to make us worthy  of eternal life,  etc.

What does that mean  for us?     “In Him  you have been made complete.”     Absolutely everything  we need  in this life  to make it  to our eternal heavenly home,  has been provided  and fulfilled  for us  in Christ.     Because Jesus has  made us  complete,  we already have  all that it takes  to be  a saved child  of God.     We should not try  to add  to the perfection  Jesus has graciously given us.     That would be disrespectful  of all  that Jesus has done.

Trusting God’s word  about having  “been made complete”  in Christ  we face  each day  with Jesus  at our side  —  and we joyfully live  according to God’s love  —  not worrying  about any worldly,  man-made traditions.     It is enough  that we live  in the love  of God,  and serve Him  according to the love  He lavishes  upon us  in Christ.     In the freedom  of God’s love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for Your true salvation.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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