Colossians 2:9 For in him dwelled all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
‘For in him dwelled all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.’ In Christ alone – not in the philosophies, vain deceit, human traditions of the Jews and Gentiles, or the world principles, church religions – will be found the fullness of the Godhead in reality, or bodily. Jewish institutions were mere shadows of the realities and of the redemption made through the offering of the body of Christ in sacrifice (2:14-17; Matt. 26:26-28; Rom. 7:6; Eph. 2:16; Heb. 10:1-18; 1Pet. 2:24). Hence, the Greek word somatikos translating as bodily and referring to that which is real in contrast to that which is typical, or shadowy as in Colossians 2:17 and Hebrews 10:1.
The Greek word for Godhead is Theotes meaning Deity. It occurs only here and relates to the Godhead or Deity personally. Christ is the personal and bodily manifestation of all the fullness of Deity. He was God incarnate and the manifestation of all the fullness of God’s power and blessings to men (Isa. 7:14; 9:6; Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:34-35). The fullness of the Holy Spirit rested upon Him and worked through His body (Isa. 11:2; 42:1-7; 61:1-2; John 3:34; Acts 10:38). The fullness of redemption from the Deity came through His body (1Pet. 2:24). This is why we become complete in Him and why He is the head of all principality and power (2:10; 1:16-18; Eph. 1:20-23; Php. 2:9-11; 1Pet. 3:22).