Summary: Christ was not only necessary but sufficient. If we try to supplement Him, we imply that He is insufficient.
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10 and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.
11 In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ,
12 having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.
13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,
14 having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.
15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
So Paul starts the chapter, saying, “I want to remember I love you… because I don’t want anyone to steal from you what you have in Jesus, and carry you away into false teaching. The philosophy of this world is empty, but in Jesus there is all the fullness you need! After all, he is the one who brought you to life, changed your heart, and conquered the Devil through His cross…”
Now, he comes back to the first point he was making.
Everyone with even a little desire for Jesus knows that you NEED what Paul just talked about:
• A changed heart (v. 11-12)
• A new start/life (v. 13)
• A way to defeat the Devil (v. 14-15)
Paul says, “Jesus has done that for you.”
But religious people and religions everywhere have their own ideas about how to do these things… instead of humbling themselves and giving Jesus the glory for what he has done for us, they want to get in on the glory…
So they create a system where they do a lot of what is necessary… they SUPPLEMENT Jesus.
SAM STORMS QUOTE:
There is a sense in which divine grace will always be a threat to human nature. Why a threat, you ask? Because grace undermines our efforts to justify ourselves. Grace runs counter to human pride and that impulse we all feel to boast in our own accomplishments. – Sam Storms
There is a danger in saying Christ was necessary, but denying that he was sufficient. No one here would deny that Christ was necessary… but we might live & think as if he was not sufficient.
In other words, some people detract from Christ. They tear him down, they say write books about “God is not great” – they deny his divinity, they say he was not truly raised, they say he was a great moral teacher, without accepting his claims to be God.
But there is another danger… one of SUPPLEMENTING Jesus. It’s another form of worldliness.