and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. (Colossians 2:10 ESV)
We’re making our way through the book of Colossians and we’ve reached a group of verses that give us some incredible reminders about Jesus Christ and our life in Him. So, we’re slowing down and looking at these verses one at a time.
Here are our two reminders for today:
- “…you have been filled in him…” – As we were reminded in v. 2:9, in Jesus, “the whole fullness of deity dwells.” This means Jesus is 100% God. And guess what? If you are a Christian, “you have been filled in him.” To put this a different way, once you are “in him,” you are “filled.” Think for a moment about what it means to be filled. As the Google tells me, this means to be “completely full.” So, our status as a follower of Jesus Christ is to be “completely full” because we are filled by Him and in Him and through Him.
- “…who is the head of all rule and authority” – Often times the message of Jesus is considered to be “radical.” I guess compared to the message of the world, the message of Jesus is radical, but Jesus isn’t a radical. He isn’t out there on the fringe element planning a coup. He isn’t hoping for a ground swell of public support that will carry Him to power. No, Jesus Christ is the “head of all rule and authority.” He is all-powerful and by His power and might He has already won the victory. As Jesus Himself tells us in John 14:6, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.”
When we are in Jesus and filled by Him, we are filled with the One True God. We are filled by the One “who is the head of all rule and authority.” We need to remember this as we encounter life in this world. No matter how bad or how tough or how insurmountable things may seem, God is still on His throne. He is in control — not the circumstances.
We need to remember this when we are tempted to follow the false gods of this world. There is no hope or promise in these created things. We serve the Creator and all things are possible with Him
We need to remember this when we have an opportunity to share the message with a lost and dying world. Our message is from the One “who is the head of all rule and authority.” His message isn’t up for a vote; it is the truth.