Colossians 2:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Colossians 2:9, NIV: For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form,

Colossians 2:9, ESV: For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,

Colossians 2:9, KJV: For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

Colossians 2:9, NASB: For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form,

Colossians 2:9, NLT: For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.

Colossians 2:9, CSB: For the entire fullness of God's nature dwells bodily in Christ,

What does Colossians 2:9 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Speaking of Christ, Paul closely imitates the phrasing he used in Colossians 1:19. In chapter 1, the connection was reconciliation with God through the blood of Christ. Here, the contrast is between the importance of deceptive human philosophy and Christ's wisdom. His ways are higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:9).

These words also emphasize the human aspect of Jesus. Some taught that Jesus was divine, but not fully human. Paul clearly noted Jesus was physically human while also fully divine (John 1:1). Though modern skeptics often argue belief in the deity of Jesus was a later development, Paul clearly believed and wrote about the deity of Jesus in this letter, which was written around AD 60—62. This was a teaching Paul said he received from the apostles after his conversion, which occurred within three years of the resurrection (Galatians 1:18). The doctrine of Jesus' deity is not a later invention, but the teaching of the eyewitnesses of Jesus.