9 For in him the fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.
Christians are to place their confidence and trust in Christ alone because Christ is God. Christ is the one in whom “all the fullness of deity dwells bodily” (v.9). Consider that for a moment. The fullness of God is manifest in bodily form in Jesus Christ. Thus, Paul calls you to place all your confidence in Christ because Jesus is God! By definition, Jesus holds the power for existence within Himself (c.f. John 1:1-4). He is the Lord over all things and King above every king. He is the creator of everything and the sustainer of all life. He is the life-giver and the source of all knowledge. What else is deserving of your fealty? Only the One True God can compel such a devotion. Jesus is the One True God. “In Him the fullness of deity dwells.” Fullness, meaning all or completeness. Every portion of God’s infinite nature and power, the entire source of knowledge and wisdom, dwells within Jesus. It is, therefore reasonable to surrender to Him. Indeed it is the sole logical source of action. Being God, He is the only one worthy of our allegiance.
Once a believer has surrendered to Christ and has found him or herself captive to Jesus, they are filled with the presence of Jesus through His Spirit. The Holy Spirit indwells all true believers, empowering them to live a lifestyle of obedience to the faith (Eph. 1:19). Consider for a moment the implications that the Spirit of the Living God has filled you. You have been graced with the presence of God, indwelling your own spirit. If God has indwelt you, is there anything that could possibly overcome you? Can anything thwart His working in your soul with such an invasion? Though you may press against Him and balk against His patient yet divine guidance, the presence of the Living God who created all things and sustains all things has determined that you are His. Wow!
Take note, you have been “filled IN [Christ].” Not by Christ, not through Christ, but IN Christ. It is in Christ that you are filled with Jesus! Paul is emphasizing that Jesus is not merely the object by which you are filled, He is the agent that fills you! There is no other means by which to be filled with the presence of God. He is the means of filling. There is no amount of work that you can do to be filled! There is no spiritual exercise by which the glory of God can be manifested in your life. The only way to restore the presence of God in your life is Jesus! The only way to find the peace of God that was prevalent in the garden of Eden is in Christ. The only way to restore that relationship that was razed by sin is to surrender your life to Christ and “in Him” you will be filled by His Spirit.
What greater power to be filled by than the one “is the head of all rule and authority” (v.10)”? He is the master of all things. No power is greater and no voice holds more weight. He is the head! In our modern cultural crisis, it is easy to fear that things are spiraling out of control. With the present cacophony of wickedness that we currently refer to as a government, fear can be overwhelming. Remember, Christ is the head over all rule and authority. There is no need to fear that He has lost control or is unaware. Indeed, there is no authority that can supersede or overrun His own glorious might! Rest in that comfort. Further, You have been filled with Him! Even your own failings and rejection of His guidance cannot overcome Him. He has come and He has conquered. You are His and cannot spurn His love enough to overrule Him. He is the head!
Further, what an amazing confidence this truth provides in a world filled with corruption. The perfect Law-giver has determined that He is going to redeem you, who have rebelled against His perfect law! He has the authority to save and the authority to claim whomever and whatever He so chooses. No corruption, be it external or internal can stave off His rule and authority. He overcomes ALL! Oh Christian, rest in this confidence: there is no authority above Christ! He is the master of all. Even when the world seems to be falling apart, He is still King. Even when we are kicking against His perfect love, He is still King! He is still King!