Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Fullness of God

Paul prays in Ephesians 3:19: "...that you may be filled with all the fullness of God."

Filled with the fullness of God.

Have you ever pondered what it means to be filled with the fullness of God? It's hard to imagine what all that must imply. What should it look like to live this out?

John MacArthur, in his Bible Commentary, states:
"Human comprehension of the fullness of God is impossible, because even the most spiritual and wise believer cannot completely grasp the full extent of God's attributes and characteristics - His power, majesty, wisdom, love, mercy, patience, kindness, and everything He is and does. But believers can experience the greatness of God in their lives as a result of total devotion to Him." (emphasis mine)

The fullness of God, then, is connected with our total devotion to Him. Our response to God and His work in our lives. As Henry Blackaby wisely expresses, “God places much of the burden of what we will become on our response to Him.” Our obedience, or lack of obedience, vastly effects God's presence and work in our lives. He initiates, but He requires our involvement. We must put forth effort to pursue holiness and godliness. We must work to fight the sin that dwells within. The fullness of God cannot come unless there is total devotion on our part. And total devotion is not possible while we cling to sin. Brian Hedges writes in his book, Licensed to Kill, "We don’t bear the fruit of holiness because the roots of repentance have not gone deep enough."

Other verses in Ephesians speak of the fullness of Christ (Eph. 4:13) and the Spirit (5:18). To live by this means we must die to self day by day, moment by moment. It requires casting aside idolatry, self-love, and seeking Christ alone. It means our deepest satisfaction, longings, purpose and desires should be filled in Christ alone. Our deepest love and passion should be directed towards Him alone.

Nothing else matters. Nothing else will satisfy. When this satisfaction is met in Christ, when we are fully devoted to Him, then we will watch and see Him do far more abundantly than anything we could ever ask or think (Eph. 3:20).

"...know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to HIM be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, 
forever and ever. Amen." 
Ephesians 3:19-21


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