When you try to find fulfillment in anything else but Christ, you will remain unfulfilled spiritually and emotionally
As Paul wrote the short letter of Colossians to the church of Colosse, he was under house arrest in Rome. (Acts 28:11-31) His letter was written to a church that was dealing with situations, threats and people who were trying to distract the church from their contentment and fulfillment in Jesus Christ.
The people of this small church were living in an atmosphere where they were told that Christ is both inadequate and insufficient to meet their spiritual needs. By tacking on ritualistic practice and pagan philosophies, only then - according to these teachers - could one attain some sense of fulfillment. (compare Colossians 2:21-23)
Point of Application: the Christian finds all they need and desire in Christ.
Throughout this short letter such words as "fill", "fulfill" and "complete" appear, indicating Paul's main point: Jesus is enough. Even where such words do not appear, the idea of the richness of Christ or His Word points to the chief point of Colossians: the Christian finds all they need and desire in Christ.
Tracing the theme of "fulfillment in Jesus Christ" or "Jesus is enough" through Colossians
Below we will quickly jog through this short letter and show you how Paul communicates the idea of: "Jesus is enough".
1. Spiritual Maturity is fulfilled in Christ.
Colossians 1:9 "For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding"
2. Service to God is fulfilled in Christ.
Colossians 1:24-25 "Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions. 25 Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God."
Colossians 1:28 "We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ."
Colossians 4:17 "Say to Archippus, “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.”
3. Spiritual identity is fulfilled in Christ.
Colossians 2:9-10 "in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, 10 and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority".
Colossians 3:1-4 Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
As you read through Colossians, note particularly Colossians 1:13-20, since it gives you a description of Christ Himself in all His fulness. Remember the point of application for today: the Christian finds all they need and desire in Christ. When you realize just how sufficient He is, you can understand why Paul's little letter of Colossians is so powerful in communicating true fulfillment.
1. Charles Quarles in the Life Way January Bible Study 2014: Colossians - Christ is all you need. Life Way Publishers. 2014. Page 20