A Ship, A Crew & You
"For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ, you have been brought to fullness." - Colossians 2:9-10a Picture in your minds-eye a ship filled with sailors. No more and no less than the exact number required to man the ship. Now imagine, if you will, that the ship represents Jesus Christ and the crew represents God the Father and the Holy Spirit. The image you have now is the exact picture the Apostle Paul wanted the Colossians to have. The word "fullness" in Greek (play-ro-ma) from verse 9 literally means a fully manned ship. So that when Paul says the Deity dwells fully in Jesus he was communicating that Christ (the vessel) is fully manned by God the Father and the Holy Spirit (the crew). Now as we move to verse 10 Paul says that as Christians (those of us in Christ) we have been brought to "fullness." However, the Greek word here (play-ra-oh) means to fill to the brim, no room for more. So what's the picture Paul intends here? Well, it's quite simple. If Christ is the ship and the crew is God and we are in Christ we too are filled with the Deity in all His fullness. When we are in Christ as Paul says we have all that we need. We are filled to the brim, no more and no less than what we need. Questions to consider: What does it mean to be "in" Christ? Based on what Paul says here, when does a Christian become filled with the Holy Spirit?