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10 And [kai] ye are [este]
complete [pleroo] in [en] him, [autos] which [hos] is [esti] the head [kephale] of all [pas] principality [arche] and [kai] power: [exousia]KJV-Interlinear
10 and in Him you have been made
complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; NASB
In Christ, which is a
reference to the written word of God, for the scriptures are often called the
written Christ, and by means of the written scriptures which we study day to
day, throughout our lives, we are made complete.
By doctrine we become
complete.And that obviously implies
that without doctrine we are incomplete.
Christ is the living
word.Christ is the ultimate sovereign
and power in all of existence. We have
been looking, in these last several verses, at the philosophic components that
exist in the world, as well as the knitting process which takes us from incompleteness
And in all of the world, there is no system of authority or power,
no knowledge either academically or experientially, that can compare with, or
accomplish, what the Bible is able to do.
of the world there are guru s and academics, and controversies, from
abortion to global warming to environmental issues, to almost any topic you can
think of.And in all of them, none of them
solve anything, because they are designed only to divide and conquer the human
mind, distracting everyone from doctrine and getting everyone caught up in
whatever the current controversy happens to be.
If you are angry or
passionate about any given topic, then you are apt to be ignoring your
spiritual life as defined by the scriptures.And no matter what your views are toward the weather or politics, or
anything else of this world, none of them will complete your life or your
And as we have already
seen, the world will try to divide your attention and dismantle your life, as
an enemy would take his pleasures and spoils from whatever it is that you have
or think you have.
doctrine leaves you not only incomplete, but empty of meaning and purpose.
In reality, God started
the knitting process of your life by starting with process by giving you life
beginning with biological life from your parents, but that is not the complete
Then He formed you in the
womb, but that is not the complete you.
Then at the moment of
your birth, your breathed in the breath of life, called neshamah,
or the spark of life, wherein God imputed your soul and human life into that
soul, replacing your life support system from your mother through an umbilical
cord, with an independent life support system called human life, at the moment
of your birth.
Then you began to load
your mind with your learning experiences, and you grew up over the years.This is still not the complete you.
Then God introduced
Bible doctrine to you, and that began the process of building your spiritual
life, allowing you to advance to spiritual maturity.But still this is not the complete you.
Along the way, during
your spiritual growth, you utilize doctrine in your daily life.You become productive in your spiritual life,
in the things that you do, through doctrine. This production serves to add to
and build up your spiritual muscle, your spiritual strength, your spiritual
faith, and accelerate your spiritual advancement to maturity.But still this is not the complete you.
One day, you will be
called home by the Lord, separating you from your physical body, discarding it
and leaving it behind.And one day, soon
thereafter, He will replace that physical body with a permanent resurrection
body.And this still is not the complete
Then you will stand
before the Lord, for your inevitable evaluation at the Judgment Seat of
Christ.There you will receive formal
notice of your rewards, blessings, promotions, privileges, etc., all based on
your spiritual advancement (or lack of it) from this life.But still, that is not the complete you.
Then when human history
reaches its end, when the final judgments have been accomplished, when the
universe is destroyed and the next new and permanent universe is created and
combined with heaven, then you will receive your final award of whatever it is
you are going to receive in eternity, and then you will be complete.
The ultimate completion
of your life is to advance as far as possible in your spiritual life now, such
that your eternal blessings will be maximized, with nothing withheld.And that will all exceed your wildest dreams
and imagination.It is beyond your
ability to think or imagine.
And that is what is
meant here by complete in Christ. Advancement to spiritual maturity in this life, thus qualifying you for
maximum blessings both now and in eternity.
Nothing in this world
can match that.
But everything in this
world will do whatever it takes in order to get you upset, or defensive, or
antagonistic, or indifferent, or disagreeable, or controversial, and therefore
distracted away from your most valuable possession your spiritual life.
If the world succeeds,
then you lose.And, you lose a lot more
than you can even begin to imagine.
Life is a serious
matter, unfortunately most folks place more importance on the issues of this world
(worldly issues or controversies, which mean nothing), than on the issues of
their relationship with Christ through doctrine and all of the principles concerning
life, contained within the scriptures.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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