In Him

~ Call for Fire

This past Sunday evening, I challenged the assembly to listen for the words “in him” or “with him” as I read Colossians 2:6-15.  Those phrases reverberate through the passage, confirming the Christian’s dependence on Christ, in whom “the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily” and yet was raised from the dead by God.  Christ, in other words was both deity and human.  We all learned about Christ from teachers or directly from reading the Bible.  Many of the first readers (or hearers) Colossians had heard the message from a man named Epaphras, who apparently was with Paul when he wrote the letter (Colossians 1:7).  Having met Epaphras, Paul could write confidently, “as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught , abounding in thanks giving” (Colossians 2:6-7). All authority rests in him in whom Christians have been filled.  In Deuteronomy 10, Moses envisions a time when God’s people will “circumcise the foreskins of [their] hearts.” Jeremiah does also in Jeremiah 4:4. In Colossians 2, Paul writes that Christians

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