“You have been filled in Him” (Colossians 2:10)
The Colossian church was young when Paul wrote this letter. It had been established by a young minister named Epaphras who was probably one of Paul’s protégés (1:7-8). Not long after its inauguration, however, Epaphras became concerned when false teaching infiltrated the church (4:12). In response, Epaphras brought his concerns to Paul which prompted the writing of this epistle.
The main issue which challenged the church was the sufficiency of Christ. It seems certain men were teaching vain philosophies, religious traditions, food regulations, extreme self-discipline, and the worshipping of Angels. All of this was being taught in addition to faith in Christ for Christian maturity and growth (see 2:4, 8, 16, 18, 20-21). Bottom line, they were teaching the church that they needed Jesus plus something else to be pleasing to God.
This may seem a little out of touch to you, but it really isn’t. As Christians we are tempted every day to buy into the idea that we need something more than Christ. We’re told that in order to be happy we need the American Dream. If we want to be smart we need man’s wisdom and philosophy. If we want to be right with God we need religion and obedience. On and on we could go. We face the same problems the Colossian church did—the temptation to believe that Jesus isn’t enough.
But, let me encourage you, Christ is sufficient for all your needs!
One of the major themes in the book of Colossians is the truth that Christians are “in Christ.” Theologians often refer to this as our union with Christ. It signifies the essential truth that Christians have everything they need in Jesus. Nothing is lacking because He is sufficient.
Let’s look at Scripture to investigate.
The Bible is clear that man’s main problem is sin and the consequent justice of God, but in Christ, “we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (1:14). Along those lines, Scripture also teaches that since the fall (Gen. 3) man has been alienated from his Creator, but thanks be to God we have reconciliation in Christ (1:21-22). Now as Christians, we have been united to the Savior, “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (2:3); therefore, we are charged to “walk in Him” (2:6) and to be “built up in Him” (2:7), because through Christ we have received a resurrected life (2:12) and victory over evil (2:15).
My Christian friends, why would you look anywhere for growth, maturity, or right standing with God but Jesus Christ? “He is the image of the invisible God” (1:15) and “by Him all things were created in Heaven and on Earth” (1:16). “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together…for in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell” (1:17, 19). All this proves, that in everything, Jesus is superior (1:18).
So, how can we respond? How can we receive the treasures and wisdom that are found in Christ? Well, Paul says, if “you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” (3:1-2). In other words, fix your eyes on Jesus and be “filled in Him” (2:10).