Monday, January 13, 2014

All the Fulness of God

The fullness of God dwells in you! Let that sink in. It is a concept that most Christians reject out of hand and makes the rest very uncomfortable. Safe to say that the vast majority of Christendom remains quite oblivious to this marvelous truth.
            It is generally agreed that all the fullness of God was in Christ. We can see this from such verses as John 3:34:
 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.
The challenge comes when one realizes that the words “unto Him,” were added by the translators who were unable to accept the full implications of this verse.
            Further we have Colossians 1:19 which plainly states that: “For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;” This is confirmed by a third witness in Colossians 2:9: “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.”
            It is here that people begin to balk and ask what this has to do with us—they stubbornly cling to the idea that we only receive the Spirit by measure. But John 1:16 presents a challenge here that bears scrutiny by serious Bible students, indeed all believers: “And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.” Most will agree with Ephesians 1:22,23: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” They take this to mean that one day the Church will be perfected. But this is not what the verse is saying.
            Again, out of the mouth of two witnesses we find a truth that when properly understood will revolutionize our Christian walk. Ephesians 3:19: “And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” Paul’s prayer here concludes by assuring us that indeed all the fulness of God dwells in us. Compare this with Philemon 1:6: “That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.” Our ability to communicate our faith is enhanced and made more effective by the simple acknowledgement of the good thing that is in us in Christ Jesus. We know this is a reference to the Holy Spirit.
            We find it clearly established that one of the tasks of the Five-Fold Ministry is to help us grow up into this tremendous reality. Ephesians 4:11-13 tells us:  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:” Verse 13 makes it clear that the Apostles, Prophets, etc. will remain until the Church as a whole is walking in this great truth.
            Think of it! The very same fullness of the Godhead that indwelt Jesus now dwells in us. This means we can continue His task of destroying the works of the devil with the same power and same ability Jesus had.
            Properly understood, this concept will revolutionize your prayer life. No longer will saints pray to a god far away in Heaven, but will realize in truth that, “He walks with me and He talks with me.” We will begin to be free of the need for healing as we learn to walk in divine health. Gifts will be bestowed more freely and demonstrated with confidence, as we understand who it is that dwells in us and our inheritance as saints in light.
            No longer will we be at the mercy of the enemy of our souls. Realizing what we have and what we are, we will easily defeat his every move. I want to get this truth out of my heart and into my head as quickly as possible for truly: “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.” Romans 8:19.
            It is time for the Children of God to arise, take up their inheritance and begin to fully manifest the truth that “ as he is so are we in this world!”

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