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Saturday, October 22, 2011

"The Fullness of the Godhead Bodily"

A timely reminder from Paul is found in Colossians 2:8-9:
8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
Bodily. I like that word. The physical, tangible body of the Resurrection, the one that witnesses handled and saw and that Christ declared and showed to have flesh and bone, not spirit alone, still exists. In the real and tangible body of Christ, the fullness of God's glory and power exists. He is real and, as Paul said, looks just like His Father, for He is "the express image of his person" (Heb. 1:3). And wonderfully, we are created in that physical image, sons and daughters of our very real Father in Heaven.

Don't let the traditions of human philosophy, steeped in Neo-Platonism or other inventions, deceive you regarding the basic nature of the Godhead.

2 comments:

gavinomics said...

The philosophies of men so often lead to confusion and contradictions. Neo Platonism crept into the church during the first century via Jewish philosopher Philo Judeus. He tried to reconcile Christianity and Greek Hellenism. He introduced the idea of the Absolutism of God into Christianity.

I have written extensively about this on my blog. Here is one post that complements this issue.

http://gavinjensen.com/blog/reality-and-apostate-christianity/

Anonymous said...

You could also read this as another statement on exaltation and it gets really interesting when you imagine sharing in the dimness of godhood and becoming one with the godhead