So Much In and With Him!

“Therefore, 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 thanksgiving.

“See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition [or] the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.  For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,  and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.  In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.  And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.” Colossians 2:6-14

The whole fullness of deity dwells in Jesus. His condescension to become our Savior brings His life to us in a personal, intimate, and supernatural way. If we are by grace sealed in His Spirit, we have been filled with Him, the ruler of all authority. Our heart has been circumcised in Him, our old life buried with Him, and we have been raised with Him in resurrection power. We are alive with Him, forgiven and free to say no to worldliness and wayward affections and to walk in His ways. (Romans 2:28-29; Philippians 2:2-8)

The more we understand who He is, and all that dwells in us in Him, the more we’re motivated and empowered to walk as He walks. With every spiritual blessing ours, we have every reason and resource to conduct our lives in His life here below. Rooted and built up in Him, we have His mind to recognize the wrong thinking and distorted reason of the world, and to think rightly. We have abiding peace that enables us to make peace with others. We have grace and power to say no to ungodliness and to bear the fruit of the Spirit. (Romans 8:11; 1 Corinthians 2:16; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 1:3; Philippians 4:7; Titus 2:11-12)

How distinctly am I living out what He is in and with me?

“May the mind of Christ, my Savior, 
Live in me from day to day,
By his love and pow’r controlling 
All I do and say.

May the word of God dwell richly 
In my heart from hour to hour,
So that all may see I triumph 
Only through his pow’r.

May the peace of God, my Father, 
Rule my life in ev’rything,
That I may be calm to comfort 
Sick and sorrowing.

May the love of Jesus fill me 
As the waters fill the sea.
Him exalting, self abasing:
This is victory.

May I run the race before me, 
Strong and brave to face the foe,
Looking only unto Jesus 
As we onward go.” ~Kate B. Wilkinson (1925)

Lord, so establish me in You that I live out Jesus in every way, to the thanksgiving and praise of Your grace and glory.

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