Is Jesus the Fullness
I was TAUGHT that Jesus is God in the flesh, being FULLY GOD and fully man at the same time. And one of the scriptures that is used to teach this doctrine of the deity of Jesus as being FULLY GOD in the flesh is Colossians 2:9 which says,
“For in him (speaking of Jesus) dwells all the FULNESS of the Godhead BODILY.”
Now some dogmatically state that Jesus IS the FULLNESS of the Godhead BODILY, which they later claim that this PROVES that Jesus IS Almighty God in the flesh, being FULLY God and fully man at the SAME time.
BUT what does the WHOLE word of God have to say on this subject?
The word “Godhead” is found three times in the Bible. Here in Colossians 2:9 which we just read. In Romans 1:20 which we will look act next, then in Acts 17:29.
Romans 1:20 reads,
“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by he things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so they are without excuse:”
Then in Acts 17:29 we read,
“For as much then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.”
Again some teach that Jesus IS the FULLNESS of the Godhead BODILY. And therefore this PROVES that Jesus IS Almighty GOD in the flesh, being FULLY GOD and fully man at the same time. This teaching comes from both, the doctrine of the trinity, and the doctrine of the deity of Jesus.
BUT again what does the WHOLE word of God have to say on this subject?
I have said on many occasions that ANY verse when taken OUT of CONTEXT and viewed APART from the WHOLE word of God may SEEM to be saying that Jesus is God in the flesh, but when it is KEPT in the CONTEXT of where it is found, then the TRUTH will be discerned.
So let's begin this study in God's word to see WHO is the Godhead.
Is Almighty God the Father the Godhead ?
Is Jesus the Godhead ?
Is the Holy Spirit the Godhead ?
Is Almighty God the Father, Jesus the Son of God, and the Holy Spirit the Godhead ?
Let's begin by reading Romans 1:16-25 where Paul is speaking,
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of GOD unto salvation to everyone that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
For THEREIN is the righteousness of GOD REVEALED from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
For the wrath of GOD is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Because that which may be known of GOD is MANIFEST in them (men or mankind) for GOD has shown it to them. (HOW has God REVEALED, shown or MANIFESTED himself to mankind?)
For the invisible things of him (Almighty God) from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being UNDERSTOOD by the things that are MADE, even HIS (Almighty God the Father) eternal power and Godhead; so that they (mankind) are without excuse, because when they knew GOD, they glorified him not as GOD, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations (THINKING or REASONING) and their foolish heart was darkened.
PROFESSING themselves to be WISE, they became fools, And CHANGED the GLORY of the UNCORRUPTIBLE GOD (again Almighty God the Father) into an image made like to corruptible MAN, and to birds, and four footed beast, and creeping things.
Wherefore GOD also gave them up to uncleaness through lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves:
Who CHANGE the TRUTH of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature MORE than the CREATOR, who is blessed forever. Amen.”
You can clearly see that Almighty God the Father and CREATOR is the GODHEAD in this passage of scripture.
Now let's take a look at Acts 17:22-31
“Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars hill, and said, You men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are superstitious.
For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an alter with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore you ignorantly worship, HIM declare I unto you.
GOD (Almighty God the Father) that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, DWELLS NOT in temples made with hands;
Neither is worshiped with men's hands, as though he needs any thing, seeing HE (Almighty God the Father) gives to all life and breath, and all things;
And has made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live and move and have our being: as certain also of your poets have said, for we are his OFFSPRING.
For as much then as we are the off spring of GOD we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.
And the times of ignorance God winked at; but NOW commands all men everywhere to repent:
Because HE (Almighty God the Father) has appointed a day, in which HE will judge the world IN RIGHTEOUSNESS BY the MAN whom HE has ORDAINED; whereof HE has given assurance unto all men, in that HE has raised HIM (the MAN Jesus Christ) from the dead.”
Again we can clearly see form the CONTEXT of this passage of scripture that the GODHEAD is Almighty God the Father.
Now let's go to the verse in question Colossians 2:9 and see what it says in TRUTH.
“BEWARE lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the TRADITIONS of MEN, after the rudiments of the world, and NOT after CHRIST (or NOT after the TEACHING of the ANOINTING).
For IN him (IN Christ or IN the ANOINTING of the Holy Spirit) DWELLS all the FULNESS of the Godhead (Almighty God the Father) BODILY.”
Here we see that IN the ANOINTING that was DWELLING IN Jesus was the FULNESS of the GODHEAD. So then, the WHOLE word of God CLEARLY says that IN the BODY of the MAN Jesus DWELT the FULNESS of ALMIGHTY GOD the Father which is the GODHEAD, the MOST HIGH God, or HEAD over ALL things, INCLUDING his SON Jesus.
Now please read 1 Corinthians 11:3 which says,
“But I would have you to KNOW that the HEAD of every man is CHRIST; and the HEAD of every woman is the man: and the HEAD of CHRIST ( speaking of Jesus the ANOINTED one Almighty God. In other words the HEAD of JESUS) is GOD (Almighty God the Father).”
The TRUTH of the matter is that the word of God does NOT say that JESUS is the FULLNESS of the Godhead BODILY, but rather the Bible says, that IN Christ DWELLS all the FULLNESS of the Godhead BODILY. In other words, IN the BODY of the MAN Jesus DWELT the FULLNESS of Almighty God in the presence of the Holy Spirit of Almighty God the Father
So how does the FULLNESS of the GODHEAD, which is Almighty God, DWELL IN Jesus?
Please take a look at Acts 10:38 which says,
“How GOD (Almighty God the Father) ANOINTED Jesus of Nazareth WITH the HOLY GHOST and with power: who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil; (HOW?) for GOD (Almighty God the Father) was WITH him.”
Almighty God was WITH Jesus in the ANOINTING of the Holy Spirit. So then, the FULNESS of Almighty God the Father, the GODHEAD, DWELT IN Jesus THROUGH the ANOINTING of the Holy Spirit.
Now read Colossians 1:19
“For it PLEASED the FATHER that IN him (Jesus) should all FULNESS DWELL.”
Then John 1:17 tells us that this same FULNESS is also given to us who BELIEVE.
“And of his FULNESS have all WE RECEIVED, and grace for grace.”
Then we read in Ephesians 1:19-23
“And what is the exceeding greatness of his POWER to US WARD who BELIEVE, according to the working of his mighty power, which HE (Almighty God the Father) wrought in Christ,(or which Almighty God wrought in his anointed one) when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in heavenly places,
Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only is this world, but also in the world to come:
And has put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
Which is HIS BODY, the FULLNESS of HIM that fills all in all.”
So here we see that we the church, are the fullness of Jesus, but this does not make us to be Almighty God. But rather this means that the church, the body of Jesus Christ, is a expression of who Jesus is. Through us the world should see Jesus. Just like Jesus said if you have seen me then you have seen the Father. It was the WORKS that Jesus did that he was speaking of seeing. The fullness of Almighty God DWELT IN Jesus through the Holy Spirit. In other words, this SAME FULLNESS of the Godhead now DWELLS in US as believers in our Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God who died for our sins.
“For this cause I bow my knee unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.
That he would grant you according to the riches of his glory, to be STRENGTHENED with might BY HIS SPIRIT in the inner man;
That Christ may DWELL in your hearts BY FAITH; that you being rooted and grounded in love,
May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height:
And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be FILLED with ALL the FULNESS of GOD (Almighty God the Father).”
1 Corinthians 6:16
“And what agreement has the TEMPLE of GOD with idols? For YOU are the TEMPLE of the living GOD; as God has said I will DWELL IN them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
1 Corinthians 3:16
“Know you not that YOU are the TEMPLE of GOD, and that SPIRIT of God DWELLS IN you?”
“In whom YOU also are built together for a habitation of God THROUGH the SPIRIT.”
The SAME Spirit of the living God the DWELT in Jesus is given to DWELL in whosoever BELIEVES.
So in the same sense that IN Christ DWELT all the FULNESS of the Godhead BODILY, so also IN the BELIEVERS DWELLS all the FULNESS of the Godhead BODILY.
This does NOT mean that we are GOD, but rather that Almighty GOD, the fullness of the GODHEAD now DWELLS in US by his Holy Spirit. And just as Jesus lived his life without sin THROUGH the ETERNAL SPIRIT of Almighty God the Father, so are we to live our lives free from sin by FAITH THROUGH the Holy Spirit of God. And the WORKS that Jesus did through the Father that dwelt in him we ALSO should be doing these very same works.
Thanks for reading. May God bless you richly as you continue to seek the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of Almighty God. Below are some other verses that are used to try and support the doctrine of the trinity and the deity of Jesus. There may be other verses which you may be having trouble seeing any other way than what you were dogmatically taught over and over for so long, but I assure you that each and every verse used by those who teach the doctrine of the trinity does indeed have a different meaning that does NOT CONTRADICT any other part of God's word. If there is a verse that I have not listed please do not hesitate to write and let me know. Some verse are included in others studies and they may not appear as an individual study.If there is a verse of verses that you seem to struggle with only being able to see the doctrine of the trinity when you read this verse, then please search out the truth be listening to the other side of the controversy. No one can arrive at the truth by hearing only ONE side of the controversy. I only present you with ALL the evidence that I myself have found and leave it to you to decide what you want to believe.
Your brother in our Lord Jesus Christ,
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Verses used to try and support the doctrine of the trinity.
Thanks for reading. May God bless you richly as you continue to seek the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of Almighty God.
Your brother in our Lord Jesus the CHRIST.
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