There is a lot of repetition in this passage of Colossians, as Paul tries to get across the importance of who Jesus really was.
Yes, He was a man, yet He was fully God at the same time.
Paul tells us this again in verse 18, saying the fullness of the Father was in Jesus.
The Greek word for fullness means to be completely filled right up to the top, implying that Jesus was fully complete with the characteristics of the Father.
I don’t often use Bible versions other than the King James but for this verse they cam be enlightening.
The English Version says, “For it was by God’s own decision that the Son has in himself the full nature of God”.
The Amplified says, “For it has pleased (the Father) that all the divine fullness (the sum total of the divine perfection, powers and attributes) shall dwell in Him permanently”.
The Greek (from the word dwell) also implies that this fullness has been there permanently, it was not something that God added to Jesus; He has always had this divine fullness.
Once again we can be amazed that Jesus, who always was and always will be fully God, came to this earth for you and me.
Jesus was God (and still is) yet came because He loved you and wanted to see you come into salvation.
And once saved there is another amazing truth for you to meditate upon; that fullness that was (and is) in Christ is now in your born again spirit through the in dwelling Holy Spirit.
Now that’s good news!
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for Jesus and His finished work and thank you for my salvation, and thank you that the fullness now dwells within me”.
Colossians 1 v 19…..For it pleased the Father that in him should all the fullness dwell