Colossians and Science
A Total Christ  -  by Walter Lang

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Day Fourteen -- Colossians 1:18

Fulness of a Total Christ

In his book To Be As God, Dr. Bolton Davidheiser explains how scientists attempt to produce a "brave new world" as described by Aldous Huxley in a 1932 book by that title. In 1949 George Orwell set 1984 as the time when this dream would come true. The date has come and gone, and the world is still wicked. Geneticists are experimenting with cloning and synthetic production of offspring. Davidheiser calls this "playing God." These scientists are not much different from the gnostics who plagued the Colossian Christians some 2,000 years ago. They named their brave new world a "fulness." They maintained they could advance from one angel stage to another by rigorously fulfilling Jewish rituals. The final stage was the fulness. Fulness in Christ

In the book of Colossians the apostle Paul teaches that in Christ we have fulness. We read in Col. 1:19 that it pleased God that in Christ we should have all fulness. After the apostle warned the Colossians about gnostic heresy (2:9), he states again that the fulness dwells in Christ. The moment we accept Christ as our Savior, we have this fulness. Nothing in this world is perfect, but we have fulness in Christ who overcame sin.

Gold in Eden

While on a geology tour in south Africa after Easter in 1988, Prof. J. Kies, geology teacher, pointed out to us the value of the statement that gold in the Garden of Eden in the land of Havilah and along the River Pison was of very best quality (Gen. 2:11,12). In South Africa where much gold has been mined, all the gold has been discovered in basement rock, rocks dating to the Garden of Eden before sin. Even now, farther west around Johannesburg, gold is being discovered in shafts as deep as 10,000 feet in places. This is also in basement rock. Dr. Kies contended that gold being mined today dates, in nearly all instances, to the time of the Garden of Eden. This not only provides scientific direction for locating gold, but hints at the remarkable beauty of the Garden of Eden. The garden was complete fulness. We cannot experience this yet, but when we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior from sin, we enjoy this fulness by faith.

The Fulness Now

We need not strive for that fulness as the gnostics did. Nor need we hope for a brave new world as evolutionists do. We have it right here and now by faith in Jesus Christ. Because He is perfect, He has power to make us perfect.

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Prayer: That we be thankful for the fulness in Christ Jesus we already have and for the assurance of eternal blessings in the life to come.

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