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Can the Godhead leave the body?

Submitted: 9/22/2008
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Question: Colossians 1:19 and 2:9 say that the Godhead dwells in Christ. If that is so, then the Godhead can leave the body of Christ since He only dwells in it? What is the Greek word for 'dwell' in said passage?

Answer: Certainly God can do whatever He wants, but the implications of these verses is that He will forever be manifested in the flesh as the Lord Jesus. The word 'dwell' is the Greek word 'katoikeo,' which Strong's dictionary says means 'to house permanently.' Notice that Colossians 2:9 says that in Christ the Godhead dwells 'bodily.' It does not say exclusively. This tells us that even though all the fulness dwells in Christ, God continues to exisit everywhere else too. There is teherfore no need for Him to leave the body. The point of the verse is to tell us that God has taken on humanity as a permanent aspect of His revelation to man.