Friday, May 30, 2014
Travelling First Class
A still from the making of the film Titanic, depicting the privileges of first class dining.
“…and you have been given fullness (completeness) in Christ.”
The Christian who is swerving back into the flesh, and Colin Urquhart’s helpful term for this in The Truth edition of the New Testament is ‘self-life’, has an inheritance which is locked up. Because it seems unreal and unachievable, there is also a robbery of the aspiration to live in a more aware and more empowered way. Satan is keen to keep us in the self-life, or flesh, powerless and discouraged from seeking more.
Last week we considered in Jesus’ words in John’s gospel that we would do the works that He did, in fact greater works.
This could be more memorable signs and wonders, or of greater scope and extent.
There are other passages which also speak of how much is assigned to us as those who are ‘in Christ’, for example having “every spiritual blessing in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3) and “everything we need for life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3-4).
Probably the most profound of these statements is in Paul’s letter to the Romans, Romans 8:16-17, which speaks of us being “children of God, and if children, then heirs – heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ”.
The word translated in many versions as ‘fullness’ is telos, which has the more literal meaning of ‘completeness’. Complete means ‘nothing left out’.
What all this is saying is that the inheritance we have in Christ is the same as the one that Jesus, on earth as man, lived in. We are co-heirs with Him!