Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known. Colossians 1:24, 25 (ESV)
Too many well meaning Christians base their decisions on a partially known word of God. The fully known word produces a life of joyful participation in the mission of exalting Jesus to the ends of the earth. Just as it was in the Garden of Eden, the enemy’s attack is on the word of God. Hell’s legions are gladly willing for people to know part of the word while thinking they know the final word.
For instance, the Bible is used for all kinds of justification of self-serving agendas. Misquoted texts fill sermons, Bible lessons, books, and common conversation. Texts, which are taken out of context, are used to manipulate people with fear and greed and even to start new religions. Sincere churchgoers think they are following the word of God when they make lists of rules to live by or they extract some morals from the narratives. Preachers with more zeal than revelation, exhort people to be better, try harder, and be more committed–believing that they are actually being faithful to their calling.
There is no fully known word unless it culminates in revealing something more about Jesus. He alone is the Word (Logos) of God. He is the agent of creation and the sustainer of everything. He is the subject of the Old Testament, and the feature of history. He is the fulfillment of all prophecies, promises, and predictions of legitimate Old Testament prophets. He is the last Adam and the ultimate Israelite. He is the Son of God and the Son of man. He is the Savior of all who are saved.
He is Lord over all that exists. He is the delight of the Father and the talk of all the angels. He is key to understanding every text of scripture and the issue by which everything is judged. He sits now at the right hand of the Father ruling over all that he redeemed by his death. He and the Father have sent the Spirit to live in believers to make him real in their lives. Without encountering him when we hear the Bible proclaimed, we have missed the point.
Let us never be satisfied to be informed by biblical injunctions when we can be transformed by the fully known word of God.
– taken from a blog by Dudley Hall