Could Colossians 2:9 Really Suggest We Are God?

by Joshua Tilghman on January 27, 2013

face of god  revised by ravingdork d289s2s 300x225 Could Colossians 2:9 Really Suggest We Are God?In my last post I discussed two verses that I believe sum up a core theme of the Bible: not only is god-potential latent in every human being, but we are god. In this post I am going to explore this concept further by discussing Colossians 2:9. I’ll close with a little information on the potential of the human brain and DNA, two subjects which will become more frequent in upcoming posts.

Let’s review our foundation scripture first:

“For in him [Christ] dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.”

There is a treasure-trove of knowledge in that verse that few high-ranking religious authorities don’t want the average person to understand; it would open up a pretty big can of worms. Fortunately for most religious authorities, they perpetuate wrong information about scriptures like these simply because they do not know any better.

For many years Christian scholarship has argued that Colossians 2:9 was used by Paul to combat Gnosticism. This is because some Gnostic sects taught the Jesus was an ordinary human who achieved divinity through gnosis, a type of intuitive spiritual knowledge. As the argument goes, Paul directly confronted this philosophy with Col. 2:9 so the church at Colossae would know that Jesus was the fullness of God in the flesh.

Personally, I think this argument is silly. Here’s why:

One of Christianity’s foundational arguments is that Jesus was qualified to be the savior of the world because he became fully human. Hebrews 2:17 states:

“Therefore, it was necessary for him [Christ] to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters…”

Right there a core tenant of mainstream Christianity has been contradicted when combined with Colossians 2:9. If we are not god, then Christ was not made like me in every respect because he was God. The equation doesn’t add up:

We are not God + Jesus was God = Jesus was like us!

Um, sorry…no comprendo!

Therefore we must ask the question: how then can Jesus truly identify with me? Some religious authorities will counter by saying that Jesus was both fully God and fully man. For example, consider this quote from a website which symbolizes a majority of mainstream Christian thoughts on this subject:

“In addition to being fully divine, Jesus is fully human. He has both an infinite, divine mind and a finite, human mind. He can be said not to know things because he is a human and finite—human minds are not omniscient. And Jesus can be said to know all things because he is divine and infinite in his knowledge. Paradoxical as it is, we must affirm that Jesus both knows all things and doesn’t know all things. For the unique, two-natured person of Christ, this is no contradiction…”

What!? Of course this is a contradiction. It’d be like trying to tell my son that Santa Claus is both real and not real, or that 2 + 2 = 4 and 5.

The real problem with this quote is the last sentence. Even this site acknowledges that this two-natured person of Christ is unique. Again, this directly contradicts mainstream Christian theology which states that he became exactly like us!

It should also be stated that even if Jesus cast his divinity aside, he still had the option to take it up again. The miracles he performed certainly suggest that he did! According to Christian doctrine, you and I don’t have this option, therefore by their own admission he still can’t truly identify with us.

My purpose is not to trash mainstream Christianity—I once believed all this nonsense myself. But I want to show you the deeper message of Colossians 2:9.

In order for that scripture to be true, then Jesus could not be God and be like everyone else unless everyone else was god too! This is the esoteric meaning of that scripture.

Think about it: Christianity teaches we are not god, but Jesus was. And Jesus truly became exactly like us, even though he was god! The only way you can reconcile all of this is to conclude that we are god too! The only difference between being a god and not being one is lacking the intuitive knowledge that can only be gained through gnosis—i.e., a conscious, spiritual experience similar to the ones taught in Eastern philosophy and religion (expansion of consciousness).

So is it possible that the Gnostics had something right? You’re damn right they did!

As I have stated before, the problem is that most people fail to realize what god is. We have been conditioned to believe he is the omnipotent bearded man in the sky controlling every aspect of the universe. If all of us understood who we truly are and what reality truly is, then we would all realize that we are all directly influencing creation every day of our lives with our own free will. Consciousness is truly amazing. I have always believed that that which we call god is the power of consciousness.

The Depths of Colossians 2:9

Colossians 2:9 is teaching that deity exists in a human body. The human body was built as a vessel in order to express the divine (love and compassion).

Let me give you a couple of other interesting ways of looking at the above scripture that supports the above conclusion.

“For in him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.”

In the Greek, that word for him (autos) is a reflexive pronoun with multiple meanings, one being the “self.”

Could that scripture really mean, “For in “the self” dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.” Paul is clearly speaking of the Christ Jesus here. I know this. But I believe Paul was thinking like a Gnostic. Jesus Christ is a symbol for the divine self in esoteric thought. There are many interesting scriptures that use the masculine “him” when referring to Jesus that would more properly translate—according to close textual analysis—“it.” (more on that in a future post).

Before you think I am talking crazy here, consider that the author of Colossians argues that it is the Father who transfers people into the body of his Son (Col. 1:12, 13) instead of the usual mainstream Christian doctrine which states it is through the Son that man is translated into the Kingdom of the Father. This would further support the concept that Jesus Christ, as the Logos, represents philosophically something very different than what we’re taught to believe!

So what do I mean by saying human bodies were built to contain the fullness of the Godhead?

What that verse really means is that the fullness of the Godhead was meant to dwell bodily in you!

We, as self aware conscious human beings, have the choice to operate on any frequency of love or fear that we want. We simply make the conscious (or unconscious) choices to live and vibrate at either frequency. There is no limit to the amount of different expressions we can choose to manifest and broadcast these frequencies. And whatever frequency we are operating on creates the life that unfolds in front of us. This is why Jesus was able to remind the Pharisees that “ye are gods” from their own scriptures because we are always creating with our thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and actions.

The power of the brain

The brain is a microcosm of the universe. Just as there are billions of galaxies and stars, there are billions of neurons in your brain. And just as there seems to be an infinite amount of energy and arrangements of matter patterns in the universe, there is the same infinite potential for the establishment of information pathways in the human brain.

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We are truly a microcosm of the macrocosm! Hence that old axiom in esoteric circles:

“As above, so below.”

It has been stated that the average neuron contains as many as 10,000 connections with other neurons. Did you know that each of these connections can be turned off or on? Can you imagine the number of firing patterns that is possible with such figures? Probably as many atoms are there are in the known universe!

The human brain seems limited in its function because we see ourselves as so limited in our own reality, but a new reality can be created at will using the power of our minds. I have lots more information to share on this but I am going to save it for the upcoming post where it will make more sense as it relates to what the Bible stories are really telling us about this concept.


What about DNA? Instead of going into this subject myself, I am providing a link to an interesting article on DNA from a website I recently discovered by Pao L. Chang. He’s got some other interesting information you mind find fascinating as well. Even though there are only a few comments in this article he wrote, they make for some very interesting ideas. I suggest you read them as well.

Closing thoughts

Certainly we are gods in potential, but many religious authorities refuse see it that way. Mainly this is because they interpret the Bible too literally. But there is a fundamental deeper problem here. It would seem that human nature gravitates towards being helpless and hopeless instead of seeing the amazing potential that is dormant within them. I believe Jesus’ message was really more about our god-potential than about our hopeless sinful nature, but human would rather be saved than explore the concept that maybe we say ourselves.

Doing this post has opened some ideas on how to present to you what the Bible has really been saying all along about our hidden potential and how to manifest the Christ within us. I am going to stick with the topic of the human brain in the next few posts. I’ll be discussing more about why Adam and Even are symbolic of the fact that we had to fall from paradise, and how the twelve tribes of Israel represents your brain as well as how the tribe of Judah, another aspect of your brain, helps manifest the Christ within us


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