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“For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily”



The word “bodily” means pertaining to being real (in the sense of material) in contrast to being symbolic.  The complete content of deity exists in Jesus Christ in real form.  This was the interpretation of Augustine.  This means that the deity is in Christ in reality, not apparently.    

It is also possible to interpret “bodily” as meaning in physical form.  In the latter case, it would mean that God took on flesh.  However, it would be difficult to explain how “all” the fullness of the Godhead can dwell in physical form.  God is everywhere present.  How can everywhere presence dwell in a local being?  If this is the right meaning, then the idea would be corporeal. Jesus’ deity is permanently manifested in the incarnation (in the flesh).

Another way we can understand “bodily” is that the resurrected and glorified Christ exists as both full deity and true humanity. The word “bodily” means corporeally.  Jesus’ deity is permanently manifested in the incarnation (in the flesh).  God manifest in the flesh makes him clear to the consciousness of man.  This does not refer simply to his existence in the past; it refers to his present position in heaven, at the right hand of the Father.  Jesus sits in his humanity, but he exists as God almighty as well.

This is the only occurrence of this term in the New Testament. 


Jesus Christ exists eternally as God. 


Jesus Christ exists eternally as God. He also sits at the right hand of God in his humanity. The God-man exists in undiminished deity and true humanity forever.

Since Jesus Christ exists eternally with the totality of God’s attributes with unbounded powers, we should hold him in high regard. Jesus Christ became human in the incarnation.  He was the person of God clothed with a human body.  He became a compassionate High Priest.  All things are from him, through him and for him (Rom. 11:36).