Complete In Christ 2
How are we complete in Him?
Colossians 2:10: And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 11 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: 12 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. 13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
We should grow in this completeness.
Colossians 4:12: Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
Completeness is to be in Him and in all the will of God. It is not in the will of our flesh. This completeness should be progressive in the life of a believer. We must seek His will and surrender ourselves to it many times every day and He will one day finish the completeness.
Philippians 1:6: Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Spurgeon on 1 Corinthians 3:23: And ye are Christ*s; and Christ is God*s.
Ye are Christ*s. You are His by donation, for the Father gave you to the Son; His by His bloody purchase, for He counted down the price for your redemption; His by dedication, for you have consecrated yourself to Him; His by relation, for you are named by his name, and made one of His brethren and joint-heirs. Labour practically to show the world that you are the servant, the friend, the bride of Jesus. When tempted to sin, reply, *I cannot do this great wickedness, for I am Christ*s.* Immortal principles forbid the friend of Christ to sin. When wealth is before you to be won by sin, say that you are Christ*s, and touch it not. Are you exposed to difficulties and dangers? Stand fast in the evil day, remembering that you are Christ*s. Are you placed where others are sitting down idly, doing nothing? Rise to the work with all your powers; and when the sweat stands upon your brow, and you are tempted to loiter, cry, *No, I cannot stop, for I am Christ*s. If I were not purchased by blood, I might be like Issachar, crouching between two burdens; but I am Christ*s, and cannot loiter.* When the siren song of pleasure would tempt you from the path of right, reply, *Thy music cannot charm me; I am Christ*s.* When the cause of God invites thee, give thy goods and thyself away, for thou art Christ*s. Never belie thy profession. Be thou ever one of those whose manners are Christian, whose speech is like the Nazarene, whose conduct and conversation are so redolent of heaven, that all who see you may know that you are the Saviour*s, recognizing in you His features of love and His countenance of holiness. *I am a Roman!* was of old a reason for integrity; far more, then, let it be your argument for holiness, *I am Christ*s!*