“And ye are complete in Him, which is the Head of all principality and power:” (Colossians 2:10)

Here before us in our text we have Paul, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, telling the Colossian believers and we who believe, almost 2000 years later, that the believer in Christ is complete in him.

Paul here in this Epistle is battling Gnosticism, Judaizers and angel worship. There was a three prong attack occurring at the time of this writing against the believers in Colosse. Paul here lays a death blow to them all by telling the Colossian believers that they are complete in Christ!

All through this Epistle, Paul has been contrasting the Supremacy of Christ and the all sufficiency of Christ with the things the false teachers were teaching; that you had to keep the mosaic law, you had to be circumcised to be saved, that you must keep certain days, and abstain from certain drink and food.

Paul again lays a death blow to these errors the false teachers are proclaiming and promoting. Think now for us, Beloved, almost 2000 years later, we have those who say you must be baptized to be saved. We have those who say you must attend their church to be saved. We have the legalist with their checklist version of Christianity where if you do not check all their boxes they declare you not saved.

Here before us is an answer to those who would disqualify us based upon works, or law keeping, or holding to someone’s warped standards; the believer in Christ is complete in Him! False teachers always add something you have to do in order to be saved, gospel preachers proclaim, “salvation is of the LORD!” He is the alpha and the omega of our salvation, the beginning and the end and the result of that is the believer is COMPLETE IN HIM!!!

Complete in Christ! What wonderful rest for the believer who is clothed in the righteousness of Christ! Let the world rail, I am complete in Christ! Let the heathen rage, I am complete in Christ! Let the legalist leave, calling us what they will, I am complete in Christ! What a happy condition for the believer; COMPLETE IN HIM!!!

Wayne Boyd

Printed in the bulletin of the First Baptist Church in Almont MI

“I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. I am the LORD: that is My name: and My glory will I not give to another, neither My praise to graven images”(Isaiah 42:6-8).

In religion and in Arminianism, man is locked in a prison cell of sin, but the handle is on the inside and only he can open the prison cell up. They have a god who is on the outside knocking to get in. A god who has no power to save unless you let him, this is not the God of the Bible.

The truth is, man is bound up in sins and locked in a prison house; a dungeon called sin with no way of escaping and no desire to escape. The door is sealed shut with no handle on either side. Man is hopeless and helpless in such a state.

But beloved of God, we have a God who is stronger than the keeper of this dungeon called sin, one who is stronger than Satan who is the master of the dungeon of sin. The Lord Jesus Christ who is ruler of ALL! Who is KING over the vast domain of what we see and what we don’t see. God Almighty himself, the one who rules as King Supreme, became a man and took our sins upon Himself and paid the price to set us free. The door which held us and the chains which bound us has been smashed to pieces by the almighty power of God in Christ who has ransomed and rescued His people from our sins by the shedding of His precious blood!

The believer in Christ is set free having all their sins and iniquities forgiven! Oh, what a Savior of sinners is Jesus Christ our Lord! Sinner friend we pray that God would make you willing to flee to Christ. He alone is the savior of sinners! How do we know? We who have been redeemed are sinners saved by the Grace of God in Christ plus nothing else! Praise His mighty name!

Pastor Wayne Boyd

from the bulletin of the First Baptist Church in Almont, MI

“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience. Let us hold fast the profession of faith without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised)” (Hebrews 10:22-23). Those who live in doubt and fear for salvation and fitness for Heaven are obviously looking to someone other than the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work for righteousness before God. This is the essence of unbelief. No sinner has ever performed well enough to earn God’s approval so as to earn salvation. Believers trust in what Christ has earned for us. “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.” There is no true assurance to be found in anyone else. Believing the demands of God were met in Christ for me is my ONLY hope and rest. When a person doubts this, he is looking to something other than the righteous work of Christ for his acceptance with God. To comfort the people of God we must preach the particulars of the Gospel. No experience or emotion will bring the lasting comfort that the good news of the work being finished will bring. To realize that if left to myself I would be guilty and condemned by my best deeds. To trust Christ as my Surety, Substitute, Redeemer, Righteousness, and Savior is the full assurance of knowing that I am saved by the grace of God. To know that the enmity between God and myself has been nailed to the cross and taken away, that I have been reconciled by my Lord, is the confidence of my soul. To know that I have free access into the “holiest of all” by the blood of Christ should give me confidence. Every believer ought to realize this and enter into God’s rest. This is the full assurance of faith in Christ.
Pastor Bill Parker
from the bulletin of the Thirteenth St. Baptist Church in Ashland KY
“The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God…” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). No heart so hard, no conscience so stupid but this Sword can pierce and wound; in a second it can cast down all vain reasonings and fond imaginations which the carnal heart has been building upon all its life long and open a passage for conviction of sin and the fears and terrors of wrath to come into that heart that never was afraid of those things before. “WHEN THEY HEARD THIS they were pricked in their hearts and cried, Men and brethren, what must we do?” (Acts 2:37).
     If you ask, “Whence hath the Word this mighty power?” The answer must be, neither from itself or from him that preached it (as most folks think) but from the Spirit of God whose instrument it is, by whose blessing and concurrence with it produces its blessed effects upon the hearts of men.
John Flavel, 1680
from the bulletin of the Thirteenth St. Baptist Church, Ashland KY

What should God’s saints remember after the presidential election in such a divided nation? As children of God, there are three things that I ask God to make us remember.  These are things only God can teach and which he only teaches his chosen, redeemed, regenerated children by his Spirit and his Word.

NO POWER BUT OF GOD—Whether or not your candidate won the election it is the responsibility of every believer to subject ourselves to the higher powers put over us—“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers.” The reason is because God declares—“there is no power but of God.”  Before the world was made, God ordained each person to the office they were elected to Tuesday—“the powers that be are ordained of God.” (Rom 13: 1-6; Pro 8: 14-16; Dan 2: 21)

As sinners with no ability to save ourselves, how thankful we are that God ordains the powers that be! Before the foundation of the world, our sovereign God ordained his Son to be both King and Savior of his chosen people.  Though kings and rulers tried to stop him, Christ Jesus accomplished the salvation of his people in every detail even as God ordained! (Ps 2: 1-5; Rev 19: 16; 1:5-6) So he is doing now with every person he put in office!

WE DO NOT WAR AFTER THE FLESH—Right now, every believer still walks in the flesh.  But children of God do not war after the flesh. (2 Cor 10: 3-6) We do not strike, march or throw off lawful customs of the day to make our stand.  It is as foolish to think man can affect unity by our works as it is to imagine we obtain eternal salvation by our own works.

Believers have a weapon far more powerful through our great Peacemaker, Christ Jesus! Our weapon is the preaching the gospel of Christ which is the power of God to salvation because through it God reveals Christ our Righteousness. Christ alone makes us one according to God’s ordination by conquering every stronghold of false refuge, casting down our vain thoughts of God, sin and salvation, bringing down our vain thoughts to rest in Christ by whose obedience we are made righteous, and by making us willing to hate our own personal disobedience.

PRAY FOR ALL MEN—God used Paul to exhort us to pray for and give thanks for all men who God has put in office. “For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; (1 Tim 2: 1-2)

If God will enable us to keep these things in remembrance, I am certain God will keep his regenerate children in peace and unity instead of wrath and doubting. May God be pleased to do so for his own glory and the good of his people!

Clay Curtis

from the bulletin of the Sovereign Grace Baptist Church, Princeton NJ

Is there anybody in hell for whom Christ died as their Substitute on the cross? Can it be there are sinners suffering the vengeance of God in whose stead the Son of God bore that vengeance already? Did He, by His death, pay the penalty for every man’s sins? Let me put it another way. Was the death of the Lord Jesus Christ a potential redemption or an actual redemption? Did He, by His substitutionary work on the cross, put anybody’s sins away or did His death merely make possible the removal of sins, with the belief or unbelief, the acceptance or rejection of the sinner being the determining factor as to the success or failure of His work? Did His sacrifice accomplish the redemption of some or only make redemption available? To answer these questions, there is but one thing that matters: what do the Scriptures say? “He obtained eternal redemption for us” (Hebrews 9:12). “Ye were redeemed…with the precious blood of Christ” (1 Peter 1:18-19). Paul wrote, “being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness…” (Romans 3:24-25). “Propitiation” means the satisfaction of divine justice. Did Christ, by His death, really satisfy the justice of God? Of course He did, His resurrection affirms that great truth. Well then, did He satisfy divine justice for all mankind? If He did, hell has to be empty for justice can demand no more than the sin-removing sacrifice of Christ. For whom, then, was Christ the Substitute? He was the Substitute for His people–the elect, the church, His chosen bride. “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it; that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:25-27). His death did not make redemption possible; His death secured redemption. We sing that great hymn by Philip Bliss, “Hallelujah, What a Savior.” Note the words of the second stanza.
Bearing shame and scoffing rude, in my place condemned He stood–
Sealed my pardon with His blood: Hallelujah, what a Savior.”
Are we singing the truth when we sing, “sealed my pardon with His blood?” Yes, yes, we are! The pardon of His people was secured and sealed when He shed His blood to His death, and where there is pardon of sin, there can be no condemnation.
Pastor Jim Byrd
from the bulletin of the Thirteenth Street Baptist Church in Ashland KY
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” (Romans 12:1) It is the “mercies of God” in Christ that true believers are commanded, encouraged, and motivated to the obedience of faith, love, and gratitude. It is not by the threatenings of law. That makes one a legalist. It is not by any promises of earned rewards. That makes one a mercenary. It is not to pay a legal debt to justice. That makes one a forced slave. It is by God’s free, unmerited, unearned grace and mercy which comes to His elect through the merits of Christ’s blood and righteousness imputed alone. That makes a true child of God a willing, loving bondservant of Christ.
Pastor Bill Parker
Printed in the bulletin of the Eager Ave. Grace Church in Albany GA