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There is More to You Than Just You

Colossians is one of my favorite books of the New Testament.  I’m not just saying that because I was asked to write about it; I truly enjoy the theology that Paul uses here.  The problem with writing about this book is I don’t really feel up to the task.  I don’t know if I have the right words to get what’s in my head onto “paper.”

But that’s what Paul is trying to teach in this letter isn’t it?  I don’t have the right words, my thoughts don’t always come out the best way possible.  That’s why he taught that our life isn’t really our own.

This is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory. – Colossians 1:27

It’s Christ in me that gives me the hope of glory, but Paul doesn’t stop there.

We are writing to God’s holy people in the city of Colosse, who are faithful brothers and sisters in Christ. – Colossians 1:2

It’s not just Christ in me, but me in Christ.  Let’s take it even a step further.

For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:3

It’s not just Christ in me, me in Christ, but also Christ in God.

Think about how that really looks.  When I read these verses, I think of Matryoshka dolls, those little Russian nesting dolls.  You take one out and there’s another inside a little smaller, and then another a little smaller, and another, until you get to the last one. 


Louie Giglio once did an amazing sermon called the “Tupperware Gospel” in which he stacked multiple tupperware’s together, each one had written on it either God, Jesus, or you.  And once they were all stacked together, you could no longer make out the “you.” All you could see was God and Jesus.

Image how powerful that really is: as a Christian we are not called to stand by ourselves.  We are literally entwined in the person of God and Christ.  Our power is, thankfully, not our own but His.  Who or what could ever prevail against us?!?

  • “I’m not good enough to proclaim the message of the gospel.”  Christ in you
  • “No one will take me seriously when I want to tell them about Jesus.”  You in Christ
  • “I can never be good enough for God.”  Christ in you, you in Christ, all wrapped up in God

Go and make disciples who make disciples.  Live your life by faith because you have everything you could ever need in Christ.

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My wife Melissa and I have four children Jack, Sam, Hailey, and Eli. I serve my church as a deacon, 912 leader, and in Allstars. I love great food, hanging out with my kids, going on dates with my wife and wrestling polar bears.


  1. Vicki says

    WoW Joe That really gives me alot to think about and try to grasp, maybe a good idea to do as was taught in OT DEUTERONOMY 6:8 tie on our hands and bind them our foreheads. Write on doorframes and gates; then may not easily forget that God as the Holy Spirit and as Christ all dwell in us who believe and accept him as our Savior. Somedays I feel I need to have these reminders to be so prevenient in my walk with Him. Thanks Joe for your insight and reminding us WHO’S we are.

  2. Joe Bradley says

    Thanks for reading Vicki! I too forget way too easily the promises that God has given us. One thing that has helped me are the arm bands the church are promoting. It’s a great visual reminder of scriptures and an easy way to help memorize them. It really does remind me of that verse in Deuteronomy you mentioned.

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