Could you please explain the meaning of being made “accepted in the beloved” (Eph. 1:6) and “complete in Him” (Col 2:10) and how understanding these truths may lead to personal revival.
Thank you in Christ,
Thank you for your questions relating to wonderful truth!
First, everyone wants acceptance. It’s a part of being human. Our acceptance with our heavenly Father is in Christ. Ephesians 1:6 states, “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” Jesus is the beloved of the Father who said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 3:17). Our acceptance is entirely in Christ’s acceptance. When we trust in Jesus as Savior, we are immediately baptized into Christ (Gal. 3:26-27).
Therefore, our acceptance is not based on our performance. Our acceptance with the Father is in Christ alone. Many believe or have been subtly taught to be believe that God accepts them when they perform well, but shuns them when they don’t. But thankfully we are always accepted in the beloved—Jesus.
Second, Colossians 2:9-10 declares, “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.” The fullness of the Godhead indwells Jesus. And we are in Him. Therefore, we are complete in Him.
In the context the flow of thought proceeds with the reality that in Christ we have been severed from indwelling sin who leads with evil inclinations (2:11), buried with Christ proving this separation by death, and raised with Christ with new divine life (2:12). Therefore, we must seek or focus on “above” where Christ is (3:1) and set our hearts on Him (3:2). We died with Christ, and our life is hidden with Christ in God (3:3).
As we focus on Jesus and by faith trust Him to live His life through ours, we experience His life. The outflow of the truth of being complete in Him leads us into personal revival—life again. We access His life as our life.
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