Another look at the Col 2:9
Let me begin by saying, all anti-Trinitarians, it's evidence, they don't believe in inspiration of the Bible and that it is God's book to man. This is why we have all the back and forth. They have issues with the power of God and His prerogatives. They are trying to re-define the nature, power and the character of God. In their view, Christ can't be more than their little pea brains can envision. Christian cannot and should not succumb to their construct of The Eternal One. Christians and the Christian Community should not tolerate blatant blasphemy of ancient, warmed-over heresies, in twenty-first Century clothing, within their ranks. They need to be called out. That is:
- Docetism -- Denied Christ had real physical nature, asserted that He was a mere phantom, flitting across the stage of the world—a transient apparition.
- Gnosticism -- Denied that a divine Person could become incarnate, or unite Himself with a human body.
- Docetic Gnostics -- Maintained that a divine element descended upon Christ at His baptism and departed before the crucifixion, stating the Deity did not suffer on the cross.
On the other hand, there are those who don't know better, may espoused incorrectly, the truth about God or the Trinity, while in their Christian journey. Wrong is wrong, just the same. Such as:
- Modalism (i.e. Sabellianism, Noetianism and Patripassianism) ...taught that the three persons of the Trinity as different “modes” of the Godhead. Adherents believed that Father, Son and Holy Spirit are not distinct personalities, but different modes of God's self-revelation. A typical modalist approach is to regard God as the Father in creation, the Son in redemption, and the Spirit in sanctification. In other words, God exists as Father, Son and Spirit in different eras, but never as triune. Stemming from Modalism, Patripassianism believed that the Father suffered as the Son.
- Tritheism ...Tritheism confessses the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as three independent divine beings; three separate gods who share the 'same substance'. This is a common mistake because of misunderstanding of the use of the term 'persons' in defining the Trinity.
- Arianism ...taught that the preexistent Christ was the first and greatest of God’s creatures but denied his fully divine status. The Arian controversy was of major importance in the development of Christology during the fourth century and was addressed definitely in the Nicene Creed.
- Docetism ...taught that Jesus Christ as a purely divine being who only had the “appearance” of being human. Regarding his suffering, some versions taught that Jesus’ divinity abandoned or left him upon the cross while other claimed that he only appeared to suffer (much like he only appeared to be human).
- Ebionitism...taught that while Jesus was endowed with particular charismatic gifts which distinguished him from other humans but nonetheless regarded Him as a purely human figure.
- Macedonianism...that that the Holy Spirit is a created being.
- Adoptionism ...taught that Jesus was born totally human and only later was “adopted” – either at his baptism or at his resurrection – by God in a special (i.e. divine) way.
- Partialism ...taught that Father, Son and Holy Spirit together are components of the one God. This led them to believe that each of the persons of the Trinity is only part God, only becoming fully God when they come together.
There is a different between "ignorance " and the arrogance. the Bible makes clear that "the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent (Acts 17:30). When we know better we do better, in words, deeds, declaration, and proclamation.
We don't need to debate the Word (Bible). We need to read, believe, accept and proclaim it. God needs witnesses not lawyers or debaters. This doesn't rule out the opportunity to give a reason for the hope that's within -- what one experienced in Christ through the Word (Bible).
“For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily”. From the view of a believer who believes in the inspiration of the Bible, what does this phrase means? CM