“TOTAL Difference”

COLOSSIANS 2:9
Anthony
8-11-10

Most of us are familiar with Total cereal marketed by General Mills Corp. Their slogan is, “See the Total Difference.” They show how Total cereal provides 100% of the your daily vitamin value for calcium, iron, vitamin E, and countless other nutrients. The difference lies in how their competitors fall drastically short in supplying this same healthy standard.

It was 60 AD and Paul was under house arrest in Rome when he wrote his letter to the Colossian church. In this letter Paul demonstrates the total sufficiency of Jesus Christ.

Paul says in Chapter 2 verse 9, the following:

“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form.”

• Paul is saying that in Jesus Christ and Him alone, God is seen.

• There is nothing else that can be added or that is needed.

• The Colossian Church was being led astray by legalistic Jews and by Gnostics who were teaching that secret knowledge was needed to receive Salvation.

Paul’s message isn’t just for the Colossians but for us today as well. “In Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form”- we do not need to depreciate Christ with ceremonialism, legalism, asceticism or “secret knowledge”.

Christ Jesus alone is the “Total Difference”, 100% satisfactory for salvation.

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