Thursday, December 29, 2011

Jesus Christ Alone Completes Me

When a line from a movie becomes really popular, even characters from other movies will quote it.

"You dirty rat" pops up often in mafia movies and cartoons.

"I'll have what she's having" went from "When Harry Met Sally" to television programs and commercials.

Then there's "You complete me" from the movie "Jerry Maguire". In "The Dark Knight", the Joker whined the same line at Batman.

For a lot of people, this line represents what finding the right life partner is all about. A husband or a wife will fill in all the gaps in a person's personality, will cover all the hurts and harms, will make up for whatever a partner is looking for in this life.

This idea is a complete absurdity for the believer.

Paul declares with great joy to the Colossians:

"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

"For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

"And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power" (Colossians 2: 8-10)

We are complete in Christ! For the believer who trusts in the Lord Jesus Christ, there is no lack:

"What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

"He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" (Romans 8:31-32)

In Christ, we have redemption for all our sins, and we are supplied for all our needs.

If that were not enough, ponder this:

"And [God the Father] hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

"That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus." (Ephesians 2: 6-7)

We sit in high places, with Christ Jesus Himself! Not only are we complete in Him, we are consummate and cared for through Him in every way, protected from our sins, past, present, future; supplied with every need, beyond what we could ask or think (cf Ephesians 3:20); safeguarded above all enemies, principalities, and powers who harassed mankind until the Cross finished them of:

"And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

"Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

"And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it." (Colossians 2: 13-15)

No human being, no matter how amorous or caring, no matter how romantic or respectable, can compare the completeness that Jesus Christ accords to every believer!

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