“You Complete Me”, is the famous catch-phrase used in the 1996 movie Jerry Maguire. Hollywood has seemed to once again give us the definition of being a “Complete Person”, by finding a potential mate. Since then, I recently seen a commercial for a popular Christian dating website where the young woman sitting next to her new beau choked-up with tears of joy and said, “He Completes me”, because she said God gave her a second chance to be married. It’s really touching and heart-felt, congratulations to her new found love.
However, this concept of “Being Complete” by finding a soul-mate seems to be embraced by the entire world and Christians alike. I thought that it was a valid Biblical concept that I haven’t studied. However, I read Scripture years ago and I found a passage of Scripture that dealt with the Born-again believer “Being Complete”—but in Jesus Christ as Paul pointed out in Colossians 2:9-10 NKJV. Now, that I’ve been lead to teach on all the Prayers that Paul taught us to Pray—I must present this concept from a clear Biblical perspective of Being Complete in Jesus and then Praying to be Complete as Paul shared it.
Paul wrote to the Christians at City of Colossians and said, for in Him (Jesus) dwells all the fullness of the God-head bodily; (v. 9)
And you are Complete in Him (Jesus), who is the head of all principality and power. (v.10)(Colossians 2:9-10 NKJV).
When we came to believe in Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior we became Born-again and we are now Citizens in the Kingdom of God on earth. This Truth is something that we must consider when we look at other things that Paul wrote about describing our faith in God. Paul used several terms, phrases, facts and Truths that ultimately defines and gives us a better picture of what had happened when we experienced being Born-again. Paul used the following terms to describe our experience;
1. Having predestined us (Eph. 1:5, 11 NKJV)
2. Made us alive (Eph. 2:1, 5 NKJV)
3. We are His workmanship (Eph. 2:10 NKJV)
4. Fellow citizens with the saints (Eph.2:19 NKJV)
5. Children of light (Eph. 5:8 NKJV)
6. We are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones (Eph. 5:30 NKJV)
7. And we are COMPLETE in HIM (Col. 2:10 NKJV)
There are many more terms, phrases and titles we have inherited as Born-again Christians. Paul’s aim in sharing all these names, titles or terms is to show us our relationship and connection to God the Father through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Being Complete in Him
Being Complete in Jesus Christ is our oneness we have with our Lord (See, Eph. 4:4-6 NKJV). We Super-naturally became one with Jesus—Paul said we are a part of His Body. This is a true spiritual fact right now, if we are truly Born-again Christians. Jesus is the Head and we are one part of His Body figuratively speaking.
The Greek word PLEROO translated “Complete”, means made full. So then, spiritually speaking in the eyes of God, we are Complete in Jesus by faith in Him. Now, we may not feel Complete—mature or an accomplished Christian believer. So, Paul begins to give us instructions on PRAYING TO BE COMPLETE in several places of Scripture.
Paul mentioned Epaphras who Prayed for the Church at Colossians to be Complete
Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you stand perfect and COMPLETE in all the will of God (Colossians 4:12 NKJV)
The New American Standard Bible brings out the original Greek definition; that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God (Col. 4:12 NAS) (The Greek word is PLEROPHOREO—which means fully assured.)
Paul’s Concept of Being Complete
Paul said we are COMPLETE in JESUS (Colossians 2:10 NKJV) (A True Fact)
Now Paul said, Epaphras (Paul’s traveling companion) Prays that the Church of Colossians, may stand perfect and fully assured (COMPLETE in NKJV) in all the will of God (Col. 4:12 NAS) (A Prayer to be made)
So in other words, Praying to be COMPLETE means that we are asking God in Prayer that we become fully assured in all of the will of God. This is awesome at least now we know from a Biblical Perspective that to really be COMPLETE—we must become fully assured in all of the will of God (not just part of God’s will) but all of it!
Paul also Prayed this Prayer to be Complete for the Church at Corinth; And this also we Pray, that you may be made COMPLETE (2 Corinthians 13:9b NKJV) (This includes in all Spiritual Gifts as well)
Finally, brethren farewell. Become COMPLETE (2 Corinthians 13:11 NKJV)
So we read that Paul’s desire for both Churches is that believers become COMPLETE (fully assured) in all the will of God. The Biblical concept of Being COMPLETE then is when a Believer understands their spiritual position in Jesus Christ—as Being COMPLETE IN HIM (Col. 2:10 NKJV)
Secondly, is to understand and Pray that we become fully assured (COMPLETE) in all of the will of God (Col. 4:12 NAS)
Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ name, we Pray thanking you that you made us COMPLETE in Jesus Christ when we became Born-again. Now Father, we ask that you allow us to become fully assured (COMPLETE) in all of Your Divine will so we may increase in character and mature to the full measure and stature of Jesus Christ. We thank you for the Apostle Paul who taught us how to Pray and we will not allow the world or Hollywood to dictate or define what it means to be COMPLETE IN JESUS. Amen