Well the simple answer is yes. The fullness of the godhead dwells in Jesus according to Col 2:9. But what does this verse actually mean? I will be teaching on the oneness of God at Heritage UPC in Bristol Connecticut this coming Wednesday. As a part of the class I use this verse to support the oneness theological position so I figured I’d take a deeper look into what this verse means. The pericope of scripture this verse is taken from teaches against thinking of Christ as yet another man made philosophy. The nature of God is not merely a philosophical point to debate but necessary to live an abundant life in God.
For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; Col 2:9 NKJV
οτι εν αυτω κατοικει παν το πληρωμα της θεοτητος σωματικως; Col 2:9 SNT
So we have the Greek of the 1550 Stephanus New Testament and the New King James Version above for comparison. Let’s take a look at each of the key words in this verse.
- to dwell, settle; metaphorically divine powers, influences, etc., are said to dwell in his soul, to pervade, prompt, govern it.
- to dwell in, inhabit; God is said to dwell in the temple, i.e. to be always present for worshippers.
- that which is (has been) filled; a ship inasmuch as it is filled (i.e. manned) with sailors, rowers, and soldiers also in the NT, the body of believers, as that which is filled with the presence, power, agency, riches of God and of Christ.
- that which fills or with which a thing is filled; of those things which a ship is filled, freight and merchandise, sailors, oarsmen, soldiers also completeness or fulness of time.
- fulness, abundance.
- a fulfilling, keeping.
- deity; the state of being God, Godhead.
- bodily, corporeally; of the exalted spiritual body, visible only to the inhabitants of heaven.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.