Fullness of Life in Christ

In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

Colossians 2:11-15

There is a well-known verse, John 10:10, which sets the contrast between what Christ came for and what the thief came for. The last part of John 10:10 says, I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance. Many people love to hear this and imagine that abundant life with a fabulous mansion, a collection of luxury cars, millions of dollars in bank accounts and enjoying the acceptance of everyone. In Colossians 2:11-15, Paul describes the fullness of life in Christ, which does not necessarily coincide with material prosperity.

Abounding a little more about the supposed abundant life with which many people dream, I think it prudent to remind them that many have possessed all that: mansions, cars, money, popularity and fame; but whose lives have been so empty that all they had was money. Instead, there are people with limited resources who lead full lives. Material goods are not the key to an abundant life. Wealthy people often have the concern to protect their property and end up confined in their mansions without enjoying the fullness of nature.

If Christ came to give us an abundant life, that is, fullness of life, that abundance must be associated with something far more valuable than the riches of this world. From Colossians 2:11-15 we can see what that fullness of life consists of. In the first place, Christ cast the sinful, fleshly body from us. By receiving Jesus Christ we are being born again of the water and the Spirit, we are new creatures and we are no longer dominated by the flesh but by the Spirit. He made us free from sin.

When we are baptized, we are making an act of faith symbolizing the death and resurrection of our Lord. We are identifying with Him, who is the resurrection and the life. Thus we affirm the hope of being resurrected to reign with Him. And when we were dead in our trespasses and sins, He gave us life with Him. In that new life in Christ, we will share His glory when He returns triumphant. But above all, in rescuing us from filth, the Lord forgave all our sins and cast them to the bottom of the sea,

In the cross the act of the decrees that condemned us in payment for our sins was annulled. That sentence of death that in justice deserved to have sinned against God was canceled on the cross, where it was nailed. And the accuser and his spiritual hosts were defeated also on the cross where they were stripped of their control and dominion over those who have believed in Christ. Therefore, the new life in Christ is full, abundant, and complete. Now we are free from sin, from death, and from the kingdom of darkness. God bless you.


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