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March 31, 2008

Filling up what’s lacking

I missed this Good Friday-related piece by our old friend Jim Tonkowich at first. But it's still relevant.

Grace is God's free gift and not something we can achieve (Ephesians 2:8-9). The old hymn says, "Jesus paid it all." We talk about the sufficiency of Jesus' suffering on the cross. His suffering and death atoned for sin and brings us to God. For Christians this is a settled point. Jesus suffered judgment to redeem his people.

And then we come to Colossians 1:24:

"Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ's afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church."

Is Paul really saying what he seems to be saying? What could Paul possibly mean that he's filling up what's lacking in the suffering of Christ? Did Paul think Jesus didn't do enough?

Read Jim's excellent analysis of the passage here. (While you're over there, check out this new piece from Roberto as well.)

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