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Day 10: For God Was Pleased

I Believe in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, Our Lord

READ

Colossians 1:15–23

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.

MEDITATE

Get in your mind’s eye one of your closest friends. Picture them. Now ponder this question, “What if (friend’s name) were the God of the cosmos?” It can be all too easy to pass over a sentence like, “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,” and hardly consider it. The implications are mind-blowing. God, the uncreated Creator of all that is, exists in fullness, in completeness in a single human being. Said another way, a single human being, Jesus Christ, exactly the same as the friend you named above, except without sin, is God. How might we be shaken from our religious familiarity into an awakening of this unfathomable truth?

REFLECT

I cannot understand how these people, who pillage this wonderful and noble economy of the Only Begotten, connect a man to him in terms of a relationship adorned with external honours and radiant in a glory which is not his, for then he is not truly God but someone who has fellowship and participation with God, and is thus a falsely-named son, a saved saviour, a redeemed redeemer.

—From On the Unity of Christ
Cyril of Alexandria

ASK

Express your questions, doubts, curiosities, and conundrums.

AFFIRM

Write any fresh affirmation stirring in your heart and mind from today.

Now affirm the Apostles’ Creed aloud:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth, I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord . . .