Oneness in Colossians
R. Gustason, 12 Jan 2013
The book of Colossians, originally a letter to the church in Colossae, is a great book to study when examining the doctrine of the oneness of God. This is a part of a continuing series, which can be found here on the christology index page.
“For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;” (Col 1:19 KJV) In this verse, Paul, a well educated Jewish teacher or rabbi, stated the message found in John chapter 1 succinctly. The entire divinity of God was found in Jesus Christ. He is both 100% man at the same time as being 100% God. There is no division in the spirit of God, or substance who makes up Jehovah. The LORD (YHWH) is not three emanations of a single spirit. He is one and he dwelled fully and inseparably in the human body of Jesus Christ.
“In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:” (Col 1:22 KJV) It was because the holy, pure and righteous God came and manifested himself in the body of Jesus that we have complete remission of our sins. When we identify with him, as found in 1 Corinthians 15, we take on the blood and are covered by it, and the protection it afforded on the passover.
“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.” (Col 2:8–12 KJV) This parallels the account written to the Corinthians by Paul. Again, Paul is declaring that we are buried with Jesus in baptism, and we rise from our old dead self through the blood shed by the fullness of the Godhead in bodily form. Jesus is the express image of God, and is in the form of God. God manifested Himself in flesh so as to be the sacrificial lamb of the world. This plan or idea was in the beginning when God devised the plan to redeem a fallen mankind.
“Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:” (Col 3:9–11 KJV) The Apostle reiterates the need for putting away our old lifestyle and habit. We are new creatures in Christ, or we should have a new mind and attitude toward life and how to live it when we meet God manifest in the flesh, face-to-face. We will not be perfect in this world, but we now have a faithful pattern to emulate. When we are knocked down, we must get up again!
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