For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, (Colossians 2:9 ESV)
If you’ve been around Christianity for very long, hopefully you’ve heard the saying, “Jesus is fully God and fully man.” This is another way of saying that Jesus is, at the same time, 100% God and 100% man.
This verse, Colossians 2:9, very succinctly states this Biblical doctrine. In Jesus Christ, “the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily.” The phrase “whole fullness of deity” refers to Jesus being fully God and the phrase “dwells bodily” refers to the full humanity of Jesus.
If you are a Christian, or want to become one, this is a doctrinal truth that must be believed and embraced – even if our minds are blown by the idea.
Why is this concept of “fully God and fully man” such an important part of Biblical doctrine? I’ll try to summarize this in two short ways:
- First, if Jesus isn’t fully God, then He has a sin nature. This means that from the womb, our nature is to sin and eventually we will sin. We are born “corrupt” in this sense. Jesus, however, because He is fully God, did not arrive with this sin nature. This makes Him eligible to be the perfect sacrifice for our sins.
- Second, if Jesus isn’t fully man, then His sacrifice for us would not be fully effective. Jesus is paying for our sins. He is taking our place and paying a price we could not pay. As we read in Hebrews 5:8-9, “Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him.” “Being made perfect” refers to the process of life Jesus went through here on earth. Though He was fully God and perfect in His standing, He wasn’t our perfect sacrifice until He had gone through life perfect. As Hebrews 9:26 says in part, “But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.” He could not have done this for us unless He was fully man.
If Jesus isn’t fully man, He isn’t able to offer an acceptable sacrifice on our behalf.
If Jesus isn’t fully God, He would have arrived sin-tainted and would not have been able to offer an acceptable sacrifice on our behalf.
But…He is fully God and He is fully man…and because of this He did arrive untainted by sin, and He did live a perfect life so that He became an acceptable sacrifice, and He did go to the cross for us and die for us, and He did take His life up again and therefore is victorious over sin and death and now we are eligible for eternal life. He did do these things, and because of this we can have life in Him.
Amen and amen.