If we [become] Fully Deity in Christ, based on [Colossians 2:9-10] which states:

[9] For in Christ all the **fullness of the Deity** lives in bodily form, [10] and in Christ **you have been brought to fullness**. He is the head over every power and authority.
  • Are Fully-Deified souls in Christ :"sinless" or "omnipotent", ("sinless" and "omnipotent")?

What does "Fullness of the Deity" ( πλήρωμα τῆς Θεότητος) mean [for humans] in context to [Colossians 2]?

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    There is no such thing (in scripture) as a 'deified soul'. This is a contradiction in terms. 'God is (a) spirit' said Jesus. (Not a soul.) The spirits of just men are made perfect,as we read, Hebrews 12:23, but they are not 'deified', thereby. 'Now are we the sons of God', 1 John 3:2, it is written. Not 'now are we God'.
    – Nigel J
    Jul 13, 2021 at 17:07
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    Why are you asking about sinlessness or omnipotence? I don't understand how you would get either of those things from Col 2:9-10.
    – curiousdannii
    Jul 14, 2021 at 1:50
  • @curiousdannii - The fullness of Deity must have a limit for humans on earth born into the body of Christ. | Anyone suffering as outcast or slave would be inspired to have the power to become “sinless”, but Acts 3:6-7 reveals the fullness of Deity allows apostles to heal humans like co-Creators with power of prayer. The spectrum of [sinlessness-to-miracle worker] raised the question regarding spiritual gifts associated with “fullness of Deity”, omnipotence included. Jul 14, 2021 at 2:09
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    But no one other than Jesus has the fullness of deity. We're brought to fullness - the fullness of humanity, righteousness, etc - but not the fullness of deity.
    – curiousdannii
    Jul 14, 2021 at 2:20
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    @חִידָה There is no such thing in scripture as a co-Creator, save God himself and Logos.
    – Nigel J
    Jul 14, 2021 at 13:23

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NIV Colossians 2:

9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form,

Θεότητος (Theotētos)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 2320: Deity, Godhead. From theos; divinity.

In other words, all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form in Christ. Here Deity applies only to Christ.

10a and in Christ you have been brought to fullness.

In other words, you have been brought to fullness in Christ. It does not say that you acquire Deity status. This meaning is confirmed in 10b

He is the head over every power and authority.

Christ is the head, not us.

There cannot be two omnipotent beings in a logical universe.

  • "There cannot be two omnipotent beings in a logical universe." - exactly Jul 13, 2021 at 17:48
  • Fully agreed!! +1.
    – Dottard
    Jul 13, 2021 at 22:00
  • "There cannot be two omnipotent beings in a logical universe." What if one of those beings was always in agreement with the will of the other? He could theoretically be capable of acting otherwise, but would never want to or even think of doing so. Being able to do something isn't the same as ever actually doing it. ¶ On a much smaller scale, I am potent enough to splatter purple paint all over the rooms in my house, but in practice I won't. I could if I wanted to, but I never will. That doesn't in any way limit my potential power. Jul 14, 2021 at 1:19
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    @Ray Butterworth The Christian stance has always been that there is only one Being of God, who is omnipotent. The theological language developed to explain this states that this one Being subsists in three uncreated, co-equal persons (or, personalities). But those who say that the second person was created by the first must know that the Creator is superior to that which he creates. A creature can never be omnipotent, as is the one Being of God, but if the second person is of that same, one Being, and uncreated, God's revealed logic in scripture clarifies this.
    – Anne
    Jul 14, 2021 at 10:42
  • @Anne, that is the stance of the Roman Church and those Protestant denominations that believe in the Trinity doctrine. It isn't correct to claim this belief for all Christians. There are many Christian denominations that consider the Trinity to be non-biblical and don't accept it. Some for instance believe God is a family, currently with two members, but soon to have many more. Jul 14, 2021 at 13:18

1 THESS 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

There is debate in theological circles over the makeup of ‘man’. Some say tripartite body, soul, spirit, some are dualistic, that is, body and soul are ‘one’.

It’s true that the soul and spirit are difficult to separate, in fact there is only one ‘thing’ that can separate them ..

HEB 4:12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit,

But, that ‘one’ thing is the ‘thing’ that matters. (The word). It’s in this understanding (of the makeup of man) that the understanding for you answer lies. If you don’t ‘see’ the distinction between soul and spirit, you will need to re-interpret much of Paul’s teachings..... including Colossians from which you are quoting...

It’s the numerous times Paul says that if you are a believer, then you are ‘in him’ or ‘in Christ’.

COL 2:10 and you are complete in Him

The ‘key’ to this is ...

2 COR 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

What is ‘new’? What ‘part’ of you is a ‘new creation’? Body? Soul? or Spirit? Or is this merely ‘figurative’? This decision is yours to take, but whatever you decide, it will influence your interpretation of all of Paul’s teachings, every one of them. Bit, as I said, there is no agreement on this among theologians.

So when you asked, what does “Fullness of the Deity” mean in Colossians 2, the answers you get, and the answer you’ll accept depends on your viewpoint of ‘body, soul, spirit’. I say this (fullness of deity) is fulfilled ‘spiritually’, that is, via your recreated ‘spirit’. You (that is, your ‘spirit man’) has been reborn. New.

But you’ve already accepted another view so obviously won’t agree with mine. Nevertheless I post this for others to consider.

  • "You (that is, your ‘spirit man’) has been reborn" : Sinless, but not Omnipotent. - correct? Jul 13, 2021 at 20:00
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    ‎@חִידָה Correct. There is only one who is Omnipotent.
    – Dave
    Jul 13, 2021 at 20:05

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