2009-11-07 - Fullness in Christ
Colossians 1:19, For it was the Fathers good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him.
Fullness dwells in Christ. It is a massive topic to consider. What is the fullness? It is probably more jampacked than we can know. What is the personal application of all fullness dwelling in Christ to me to you? Certainly, whatever we think it is, it is more than that. So how do we tackle such a vast subject? Let us take one thought as a starting point. The fullness of God has come to us in the person of the Son of God, and from Him, we may receive of that fullness. I will try to put flesh and blood on that thought, but consider that if all fullness dwells in Christ, and Christ has been given to the saints, then He is the one to whom we go for all our needs, all our emptiness, all our insufficiency. He alone can supply the solution to our incredible lack.
Christ is the fountain to which we fly. He is the one who can give us the everflowing springs of water unto eternal life (John 4:14) Are you ever empty? Christ is always full. Remember, He has all the fullness. It is true that we belong to Christ (Mark 9:41). He purchased us with His blood (Acts 20:28). It is also true that Christ belongs to us. The one who has all fullness is the possession of the believer, and all that Christ has is also ours. His fullness is ours, John 1:16, For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. Dont miss this. Christ has all the fullness, yes, but He gives us His fullness.
All that you have, and all that any saint has ever had of lasting worth, has come from Christ. Do we think that maybe we can exhaust the fullness of Christ the fullness of God? It is an absurd thought really. Christ gave great gifts to the Apostles. He did so again in the time of the Reformation; men like Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, and many others. Christ gave great gifts in the times of revivals to Edwards, Whitefield, and many others. His fullness is just as full today. Nothing has changed, and we must appeal to the Lord of the harvest to give us the power today that these men had in their day. The times have changed, but Jesus is eternal. His fullness is never drained or changed.
Our Lord is ever-kind to His people and He blesses those who strive to serve Him with real, living faith. We do not serve an inadequate Lord, but rather we serve One whose abilities cannot outdo His love, and whose love cannot be surpassed by His abilities. We get our fullness from Him, if we have any that is worth having, and when we do, we are useful unto His glory. We are empty, and find ourselves to be empty, when we rely on our own strength or try to circumvent the all-sufficiency of Jesus. It is when we go to the source, that the abundance of a life lived with purpose becomes possible.
Soli Deo Gloria,