God’s plan through Jesus Christ was to redeem every single aspect of life. There is no human activity that is not covered. The scope of His salvation is the scope of our existence. Therefore, His interest in our lives is complete, comprehensive, all-encompassing – in a word, total.
Here are some verses indicating just that point [emphasis, and occasional comments, added]:
Isaiah 9:6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:7 There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace,
On the throne of David and over his kingdom,
To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness
From then on and forevermore.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.
The reason that “there will be no end to the increase of His government” is that there is no sphere over life to which His dominion does not apply, no aspect of life which is off limits to His authority.
1 Corinthians 16:14 Let all that you do be done in love.
Does this leave anything for us to do that is not to be done in love? Does not “all” cover everything we do?
2 Corinthians 10:5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,
Which thoughts then are not to be taken captive to the obedience of Christ?
Colossians 3:17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
Does this leave anything for us to do that is not in the name of Jesus? Therefore, His name sanctifies the entirety of our lives.
Colossians 3:22 Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters on earth, not with external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.
Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men,
In Paul’s mind, every duty of a slave could be done ultimately for the Lord rather than merely for the human master. If a slave’s salvation was this full, can ours be any less so?
1 Peter 1:14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance,
1 Peter 1:15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;
1 Peter 1:16 because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”
Such an instruction – “in all your behavior” – leaves no room, of course, for behavior that is not to be holy.
The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)