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Colossians 2:10

    Colossians 2:10 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And you are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    and in him ye are made full, who is the head of all principality and power:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And you are complete in him, who is the head of all rule and authority:

    Webster's Revision

    and in him ye are made full, who is the head of all principality and power:

    World English Bible

    and in him you are made full, who is the head of all principality and power;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    and in him ye are made full, who is the head of all principality and power:

    Definitions for Colossians 2:10

    Principality - The highest dignitary of the State.

    Clarke's Commentary on Colossians 2:10

    And ye are complete in him - Και εστε εν αυτῳ πεπληρωμενοι· And, ye are filled with him. Our word complete quite destroys the connection subsisting in the apostle's ideas. The philosophy of the world was empty, κενη, but there was a πληρωμα, or fullness, in Christ; the Colossians were empty - spoiled and deprived of every good, while following the empty philosophy and groundless traditions of Jewish and Gentile teachers; but since they had received Christ Jesus they were πεπληρωμενοι, filled with him. This is the true meaning of the word, and by this the connection and assemblage of ideas in the apostle's mind are preserved. No fanciful completeness in Christ, of a believer, while incomplete in himself, is either expressed or intended by St. Paul. It is too bad a doctrine to exist in the oracles of God.

    The head of all principality - See the notes on Colossians 1:16-17 (note).

    Barnes' Notes on Colossians 2:10

    And ye are complete in him - Having no need, for the purposes of salvation, of any aid to be derived from the philosophy of the Greeks, or the traditions of the Jews. All that is necessary to secure your salvation is to be found in the Lord Jesus. There is a completion, or a filling up, in him, so as to leave nothing wanting. This is true in respect:

    (1) to the wisdom which is needful to guide us;

    (2) the atonement to be made for sin;

    (3) the merit by which a sinner can be justified; and,

    (4) the grace which is needful to sustain us in the trials, and to aid us in the duties, of life; compare the notes at 1 Corinthians 1:30.

    There is no necessity, therefore, that we should look to the aid of philosophy, as if there was a defect in the teachings of the Saviour; or to human strength, as if he were unable to save us; or to the merits of the saints, as if those of the Redeemer were not sufficient to meet all our wants. The sentiment advanced in this verse would overthrow the whole papal doctrine of the merits of the saints, and, of course, the whole doctrine of papal "indulgences."

    Which is the head - See the notes at Ephesians 1:21-22.

    Wesley's Notes on Colossians 2:10

    2:10 And ye - Who believe. Are filled with him - John 1:16. Christ is filled with God, and ye are filled with Christ. And ye are filled by him. The fulness of Christ overflows his church, Psa 133:3. He is originally full. We are filled by him with wisdom and holiness. Who is the head of all principality and power - Of angels as well as men Not from angels therefore, but from their head, are we to ask whatever we stand in need of.