In Colossians we get to see how in Christ dwells the fullness of the Godhead bodily. We are told everything He, Christ, has completed for us. Let me ask if we are living and walking as we believe He has completed us (Colossians 2:9-15?)
He circumcised our hearts.
He put off our flesh.
He buried us with Him in death.
He rose us with Him in life through faith.
He made us dead to sin.
He made us alive with Him.
He wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us.
He nailed these requirements to the cross.
He disarmed principalities.
He triumphed over them.
Now, when we read those things which He has accomplished for us we should be living boldly. We should be walking freely in victory. Unfortunately most people do not spend time in His word. They do not know Him. They fear, doubt, are confused, and get easily angered. They try to control situations.
Where do these ungodly fears come from? They come from listening to philosophies and persuasive words (Colossians 2:4.) Maybe they come from listening to too many false teachers, worldly opinions, conspiracy theories, and even from watching the evening news. When more time is spent focused on the outward circumstances of the world rather than in trusting in the truth of Who He is a fear will build up. This is not a Godly fear.
If a man has this fear when teaching others, not trusting in God’s sovereignty and the completeness of Christ, it will come out in their teaching. God’s word in James 1:20 says, “the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” We cannot force any man to go unto repentance. It is only He who completed us who is able to complete others. A commentary stated it this way, “Instead of blaming God under our trials, let us open our ears and hearts to learn what he teaches by them. And if men would govern their tongues, they must govern their passions. The worst thing we can bring to any dispute, is anger. Here is an exhortation to lay apart, and to cast off as a filthy garment, all sinful practices. This must reach to sins of thought and affection, as well as of speech and practice; to every thing corrupt and sinful. We must yield ourselves to the word of God, with humble and teachable minds. Being willing to hear of our faults, taking it not only patiently, but thankfully. It is the design of the word of God to make us wise to salvation; and those who propose any mean or low ends in attending upon it, dishonour the gospel, and disappoint their own soul.”
May we be found to be in His word daily. May we be believing Him at His word. May we be trusting in His word. May we be teaching His word correctly so others, too, may know their completeness is found in Christ and Christ alone. As Paul says in Colossians 2:18a, “May no one cheat us out of our reward.”