What Is Still Lacking In Christ’s Afflictions?

Q. In Col 1:24, “lacking in regards to Christ’s afflictions” references Christ’s limitations on this earth.
Christ had to die for our sins which left his message with the apostles or the saints (body of believers).
A. What you have given is an interpretation of Col 1:24. Let’s take a look at it again.

Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church.

I am mystified how you came to the interpretation that “what was ‘lacking in Christ’s afflictions’ refers Christ’s limitations on this earth. What limitations might those be, since He was fully God and fully man? The phrase “Christ’s afflictions” is more appropriately interpreted to mean his suffering and death. I have never heard that it referred to His limitations. Do you have a scripture to support this?

And St. Paul is clearly saying that his (Paul’s) sufferings in his (Paul’s) flesh is somehow filling up or filling to the full what was “still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions for the sake of …the Church.” This verse does not in any way shape or form fit Protestant theology. But it does fit Catholic theology.

Q. Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary wasn’t “lacking”, but his time on earth to complete God’s mission was.

A. But how can “what was lacking in Christ’s afflictions” possibly refer to a lacking of time? Can you support this with scripture?

Q. If you believe, God meant Christ’s death wasn’t enough then you believe, God to be a liar and a hypocrite. For God’s word clearly states that Christ’s sacrifice was enough “once and for all”.

A. I am not saying something was “lacking in Christ’s afflictions”. St. Paul says it. In Scripture. In Infallible Scripture.

Of course, this in no way means that somehow Jesus failed to complete what He came to do. Absolutely NOT. What I am saying is that by the sovreign plan of God, there WAS SOMETHING FOR MAN TO DO TO COMPLETE our perfection to complete the salvation gained for us by Jesus Christ. The Catholic Church teaches that each of us must be perfectly purified before we can come into the presence of God. This purification occurs in our life through our sufferings offered in reparation to Christ in this life and the next for our purification.

We both must interpret this scripture in order to make sense out of it and still glorify Christ. The Catholic interpretation just makes more sense to me.

3 Responses

  1. A. But how can “what was lacking in Christ’s afflictions” possibly refer to a lacking of time? Can you support this with scripture?

    Yes, Christ’s time on this earth was limited. His ability to walk and spread the gospel was limited. How is this backed by scripture? Well, He died on the cross and ascended to heaven to be seated at the right hand of God until the time of judgement. I believe we could conclude with the infallible word of God that Christ’s time was ‘lacking’. Let’s finish the rest of this chapter, and see what Paul was writing about;
    Col 1:25-29 …of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. to this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.

    Paul is referencing His sacrificial service of spreading the gospel of Christ. Paul is not saying that Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary was lacking. IF that were the case, it would have been stated at least on more time in God’s word, and it just isn’t there!

  2. if you believe that jesus is the or a god then how come a god dies? and he looks like humanbeing die for your sins why? what i belive is he is just a messenger like ibrahim, moses,etc from God for us and those before us to show us the right path. God is the creator of the whole universe everything that we see and we dont see is created by Him. He dosnt look like His creations. He dosnt resemble anything you see. there is nothing like Him. He is uniqe. The only one The eternal.

  3. Sarah I have responded to your comments Here

    Henna, I have responded to your questions HERE

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