“All the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” Colossians 2:9
The ability to package immense Bible truths within a very few words was a gift given Paul by the Holy Spirit. And probably no greater example is found than this statement that in Christ dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. At this season when many focus on the birth of Christ, how few grasp even a little of the magnitude of the miracle that occurred when “the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.”
Paul prayed elsewhere “that I may know him.” This was towards the end a life spent in the service of Christ, yet he still desired to know Christ. We are faced with the reality that there are some things of Christ we know. There are other things that we ought to know, that are revealed in His holy Word. And there are still other things about the Son of God that we will never know, as it would take the divine attribute of omniscience to understand fully the being of God.
God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth. All that God is, is somehow miraculously funnelled down into that earthly body. The One with whom we have to do is not therefore merely a man, a good man, or even a prophet, but He is the God-Man. He is perfect God and perfect Man. And He alone can save.
His life is infinitely holy. His justice is infinitely right. His Word is infinitely true. His wisdom to understand our need is infinite. His power to save is infinite. His goodness towards them that love Him is also infinite. When remembering the Babe in Bethlehem, let us not forget the Sovereign on the throne.
Quote: “Veiled in flesh the Godhead see! Hail the Incarnate Deity! Pleased as man with man to dwell, Jesus our Emmanuel.” – Charles Wesley
Due to the Whitefield concert being rescheduled to December 19, the Women’s Bible Study has been postponed to January 10.
There will be no Sunday school classes on December 25 and January 1. Classes will resume on January 8 at 9:55 a.m.
This year, the love offerings donated to the Christmas Card fund will be directed to the Lord’s work in Cordoba, Mexico. Rev. Lalo Pena is the pastor, and we want to support him and his congregation by sending a blessing. If you can help, please mark your special donation “Christmas Card.” Thank you!
The Shorter Catechism
Q30. How doth the Spirit apply to us the redemption purchased by Christ?
A. The Spirit applieth to us the redemption purchased by Christ, by working faith in us1, and thereby uniting us to Christ in our effectual calling2.
1. By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (Ephesians 2:8).
2. That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith. (Ephesians 3:17).
God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. (1Corinthians 1:9).
The Children's Catechism - History
Q97: What do we find Jesus doing at twelve years old?
A: Listening to the teachers in the temple, and asking them questions.