When something is complete, it lacks nothing. Nothing more can be added to make it more complete.
Colossians 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
2 Timothy 3:16–17 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
Philippians 1:6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
James 1:4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Through Jesus’ redemptive work on the cross, we ARE complete in Jesus Christ. We have been fully redeemed. We lack nothing. There is nothing more we can do to make us more redeemed. There is also an aspect of ongoing completion in our Christian lives. Jesus Christ has provided complete redemption and He is also in the process of completing our salvation over the course of our lives. Today let’s rest in and be blessed by the reality that we are complete in Jesus Christ!
Few things are certain in life. Death is one of those certainties. Every single human being conceived – no matter how rich or powerful – throughout all of world history has died or will die (until Jesus returns to earth).
John 10:27–28 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.
John 14:2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
Life, as we know it, is confined by time. Jesus’s disciples are promised eternal life. This means that death – although certain – is simply a transition into the timeless hereafter. For believers, we can be assured of eternal life with our Redeemer, Jesus Christ, in the new heavens and the new earth. For those who rejected the gift of salvation, there will perpetual suffering in a lake of fire. While we deserve the lake of fire, Jesus has generously invited us to share eternal life with Him in the glories of heaven.
When we are adopted into God’s family, we are not only brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ, God makes us fellow heirs of God’s priceless inheritance.
Romans 8:16–17 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
Ephesians 1:11 In him [Jesus] we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,
An inheritance comes to an heir not because they deserve it but because of who they are. God’s inheritance will be shared with us, not because of what we have done or that we deserve it, but because we belong to Him. It is made available to us only because of His incredible love and He wants to share His limitless resources with His Son, Jesus, and each one of us!
When Adam was created in the image of God, He called it very good. He was perfect. Sin marred that perfect creation with the stain of sin.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Galatians 6:15 For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.
Through Jesus Christ’s redemptive work on the cross, that stain of sin is removed. While still in an imperfect state of humanity, God remakes us into a new creation. This is the first step in complete perfection that comes when we are given resurrected bodies in eternity. It is such a blessing to be able to be God’s new creation – His handiwork – in this life… representing God to others as we live for our Redeemer each day.
A number of years ago we accompanied the school children on a field trip to Colonial Williamsburg. Our scheduled tour of the Governor’s Palace was cancelled in order to accommodate a tea for the Queen of England that very day. Since we weren’t royalty, we were excluded.
1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
In God’s kingdom, everyone is royalty. There are no class distinctions. Our background, our ethnicity, our income level, and our social status is irrelevant in God’s kingdom. Disciples of Jesus are all equally a select nation or race and a royal priesthood. When we surrender our lives to the King of Kings, we don’t become prisoners of war, instead we become a part of His royal family. Take some time to ponder this priceless blessing throughout today!
Justification and sanctification are two big theological words we don’t typically use in every day conversation.
1 Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
When we are justified, we are no longer estranged from God. Being justified means that our relationship with God has been redeemed… we are part of God’s family. Sanctification is an ongoing process of maturity as the Holy Spirit continues to refine our lives to better honor Him. This lifelong process is necessary given our humanity. We are redeemed sinners… we are forgiven sinners… In this life we remain imperfect and in need of being sanctified. We are so blessed to be justified and sanctified.
Believers have been filled with the Holy Spirit and given the power to spread the good news of Jesus Christ.
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
2 Timothy 1:8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God,
Philippians 1:14 And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
1 Peter 3:15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,
A witness can only testify to what that have seen or experienced. When the miracle of salvation occurs in our own lives, we have something of value to share with others. We can speak with authority and boldness about what Jesus has done in our lives. Jesus has entrusted His disciples to continue to spread the message of the gospel after He ascended to heaven. We have the blessing of being a witness by bearing the marks of Christ so that our life gives life to others.
The Body of Christ is to visibly love God and love others. The natural thing to do is to function in such a way as to assure that our own needs are first met and we receive what we deserve.
Ephesians 4:7,11–13 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift… And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
Romans 15:2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
God has placed each one of us within a local body of believers for a reason. We are empowered with spiritual gifts. We have natural abilities. We are given these gifts and abilities to build up those people God has placed around us. Rather than focusing on how to leverage those same abilities for our own benefit, God calls us to a life of sacrifice and self-denial… He calls us to give first to others for their benefit. When everyone does this, everyone receives far more than if they reserved it for themselves, and, as a result everyone receives an exponentially greater blessing!
To be anointed means that a person is assigned or appointed a task. The fact we are anointed by God means there is a supernatural blessing or endowment that accompanies the assignment.
2 Corinthians 1:21 And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us.
Hebrews 1:9 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”
1 John 2:20 But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge.
God anoints Jesus’ disciples only when He enables them to fulfil the assignment given. God never assigns a task that is impossible to be completed. It may be humanly impossible, but if the task is assigned, it can be fulfilled. When God calls us to something – often far bigger than we are capable of – we can always have the full confidence that He also empowers and enables the disciple to accomplish it. It requires a lot of faith at times, but what a blessing to be anointed by God!