I would contend Colossians 2:9-10 is one of the most staggering passages in all of Scripture. It states, “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ.” This teaches a beautiful New Testament reality: union with Christ.

A lot of emphasis and explanation in discipleship is given to the teaching of double imputation. That is the teaching that Jesus lived for me and Jesus died for me. All that his death and life provided, has been chalked up to my account. The teaching of double imputation is usually a conversation set in the past.

But union with Christ is about now. The teaching of union with Christ spells out how Christ is in each believer and each believer is in Christ. If double imputation puts the emphasis on the proposition for, union with Christ emphasizes the preposition in. Every Christian can declare, “I am in him and he is in me.”

The implications of this reality upon discipleship are rich. Especially in the context of Colossians 2 (which you should read here) has such practical and galactic meaning.

When we see Jesus, we are seeing God. When we understand who Jesus is and what he has done, we are witnesses to the work of God. Our union with Christ, makes all who God is and all that God is doing, present with us. We have been given full access to God. There is nothing held back. “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ.”

Can you think of anything more staggering than that?

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