The Name of the Lord

All, and In All
There is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision,
Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. - Colossians 3:11

My All, and In All

I remember Popeye cartoons. It seems we were too often in front of the old black and white dimly lit TV watching stupid cartoons, and the Three Stooges. There is not much of redemptive value in those comedic routines, but once in a while a glimmer of truth seeped through.

Popeye was my favorite. I remember several quotes from that spinach satrap. One was this, "I am what I am, and that's all that I am."

The idea was you are whatever you are, so deal with it. You have to get up in the morning, every morning, and look in the mirror, so you'd better get used to it. You are what you are, and there is no changing that. Deal with it.

Paul reiterates for God's people that we are what we are and there is no changing that. One recurring theme in Colossians is that in Christ dwelt all the fullness of the godhead bodily. (Col. 1:15-17, 2:3, 2:9-10, 2:19, and 3:10)

Paul exhorts and encourages us, who might be feeling that we were given a raw deal, or dealt a bad hand. He reiterates Christ is in everything, including your lot in life. We were created by him and for him. He knows our name and our frame (Ps 139:). Therefore, whatever our lot, like it or not, whether Greek, Jew, circumcised, uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, bond or free, male or female (we can go on, smart or no so smart, pretty or ugly, tall or short, fat or skinny, lucky or unlucky at love) God is in it. Christ is ALL and IN ALL. He planned it that way for his glory and your good. So deal with it.

Romans 8:28-33 is true because he is my all and in all. Nothing can come our way except he approved it, therefore planned it.

Jeremiah 29:11 never changes. His plans for us are good and not evil, to prosper us and bless us with a future and a bright tomorrow.

Psalm 16:2 puts it succinctly, "LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure."


You Are My All In All

You are my strength when I am weak,
You are the treasure that I seek,
You are my all in all.
Seeking you as a precious jewel,
Lord, to give up, I’d be a fool,
You are my all in all.

Jesus, Lamb of God,
Worthy is your Name.
Jesus, Lamb of God,
Worthy is your Name.

Taking my sin, my cross, my shame,
Rising again — I bless your Name.
You are my all in all.
When I fall down, you pick me up,
When I am dry, you fill my cup.
You are my all in all.

Dennis Jernigan, © 1991 Shepherd’s Heart Music .