There are many Bible verses that stress the deity of Jesus. Jesus
reminded his disciples that those who saw him saw the Father (John 14:9). The
apostle John writes that he and his fellow-disciples saw the glory of the
Unbegotten Son when they saw Jesus performing divine actions and heard him
teach profound truths – they realised that he gave out of his fullness to them
and to others (John 1:14-16). Paul begins his letters by stating that Jesus is
as much the source of grace and peace as is the heavenly Father. The first
chapter of the Book of Hebrews highlights several ways that reveal Jesus is
fully God. In the Book of Revelation, the river of life flows from the throne
of God and of the Lamb (Rev. 22:1). We should approach these verses with
admiration of and dedication to Jesus.
Paul reminded the Colossians that in Jesus all the
fullness of God was pleased to dwell (Col. 1:19). Why is this the case? Out of
many possible answers we can select three suggestions.
First, Jesus has this fullness in order to achieve
great purposes. After all, his actions are divine actions. Paul has already
shown in this chapter of Colossians that Jesus, before he became a man, had
created all things and upheld all things. After he became a man, without
ceasing to be God, Jesus has this fullness in order to be head of the church (as
Paul states in the previous verse), and he has this fullness in order to be the
Reconciler (as Paul mentions in the next verse). So Jesus has the fullness of
God in order to accomplish great things.
Second, Jesus has the fullness in order to bring
pleasure to God. Here we have a reference to the eternal purpose of God – he
does what brings him pleasure. When he was on earth, Jesus always did what
pleased the Father, even when living as one who was also a real man. And Jesus
will continue to please the Father throughout the endless future because of the
divine fullness which dwells in him.
Third, Jesus has the fullness in order to help empty
sinners. This aspect is seen in the connection of this verse to the previous
one which says that Jesus is the head of the church. He possesses all that God
has in order to bless sinners whom sin has emptied of all capabilities and
resources. As the apostle John wrote, ‘We have all received out of Christ’s