(a writing shared with me this past week from a special person…gi-normous truth herein 😊)
We can’t be perfect but we can be complete. “…you have been made complete in Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.” Colossians 2:10.
Sometimes we use the fact that we’re not perfect as an excuse for sin. It’s not. “You have been made complete in Christ.”Let’s understand what this means and purpose to live by this eternal truth. First, by saying we are “complete in Christ” Paul is explaining how God views us after we’ve received by faith the complete forgiveness for all sins offered us through Christ’s death.
When we accept Christ as our only means of salvation and our Savior we are made “complete in Christ.” Paul explains in Colossians 1:22 that after receiving Christ, God then “has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.”
What it means that we’ve been “reconciled by Christ’s physical body” is that through Christ’s sacrifice for our sins God then views us as “holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.” John says that anyone who would “receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”
Jesus’s death accomplished this. Paul explains in Romans 3:23-24 both our sinful condition and what God’s forgiveness means that He offers us through Christ. He says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”
If we accept God’s forgiveness and are then complete in Christ we are forever God’s child. Said another way, when we accept the total forgiveness offered in Christ, God declares us innocent of the accusation of our sin, thus we are reconciled back to God.
The word “justified” here literally means, “to bring about that which a person is not, one is not righteous is made righteous.” Paul is telling us that we are “made complete in Christ” because through his forgiveness we are made “holy and without accusation.”
Christ was judged for us and God then declares us innocent of the accusation that our sin would bring against us. Being complete in Christ means we are completely forgiven, saved, freed from guilt, reconciled, made holy, His children, secure in Christ and the list just get’s longer… Being complete in Christ means we can live in the freedom from penalty that our sin brings us. It means when we do sin that if we confess our sin, God “…is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9
Being complete in Christ means we are free to love as Christ loves. We are free to forgive as we’ve been forgiven. Being complete in Christ means total freedom from all that would hold us captive. Being complete in Christ means we belong, forever as His children, to the God of our salvation.
“Father help us to live in the freedom that being complete in Christ means.”