YOU HAVE BEEN FILLED IN HIM
"For in Him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in Him, who is the head of all rule and authority. In Him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised Him from the dead."
// Colossians 2:9-12
Paul writes that “the whole fullness of the deity” dwells in Christ, and we “have been filled in Him.” Whatever fills the heart, mind, spirit, and person of Jesus fills you, too. Don’t you just love this truth? You and I, like Him, are filled up with all the fullness of God, meaning we lack nothing. If Jesus is filled with love, then so are you—filled! If Jesus knows perfect peace, then so do you — full up to the brim with peace. If Jesus lives with the fullness of His Father’s joy, then so do we — no limits or lesser measures.
So, some might say, “Why isn’t that the case for me? Why do I struggle with fear or depression or hopelessness, if all the fullness of God fills me, as it does Jesus?” Faith and believing—that is always our answer. What do we believe about God, about His Gospel, about His Spirit who makes the life of Christ our own? If we have a mindset and a belief system structured around living like we are still alive to sin, still uncircumcised in our hearts, still struggling to come alive to God, then we will live and act according to what we believe. That’s why hearing the Gospel preached, being in community, reading the Scriptures, and prayer are so crucial, for by all of these things the Holy Spirit can challenge our faulty mindsets that keep us blind to the truth. We need to hear that we are already circumcised in our hearts, which means our hearts have been set apart and devoted to the Lord alone. We need to see that we have “been buried with Him in baptism” already, and we are now dead to sin and fully alive to God.
We might ask the question this way: does Jesus wrestle with depression? Does He struggle with anxiety, or has He misplaced His trust onto things or situations rather than onto His Father? Does Jesus live bound up with lust or gossip or rejection? The answer, of course, is a resounding no! So, if we are in Christ and He is in us, and if we are meant to live out, on earth, the heavenly life He lives now, then He alone is our standard for living. This means we can confront depression head-on by turning to Jesus and saying, “I am dead to this depression and fully alive to the joy I find in You!” We have the privilege and pleasure of partnering with Jesus to actively adjust our lives so that they align with His in heaven. This is how we yield to Him and bring heaven to earth.
Recall that Paul stated, “You were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.” We are dead to what we were and fully alive to what we are now in Christ. We get to choose how much of His life gets lived out through ours, but that’s the fun of it, for we can spend our lives beholding how, “through faith in the powerful working of God,” the Father makes our lives match the resurrected and ascended life of His own Son.