The holiday of food and family is fast approaching. Thinking it rude to not sample everyone’s special dish, I often move away from the Thanksgiving table with my stomach too full.
Christ, on the other hand, supplies a fullness of spirit that cannot be matched by anything this world offers. And it’s a fullness that keeps me wanting more.
“And hath put all things under his feet,
and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.”
Jesus Christ is the fulness of him that fills all in all. God the Father set Christ at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
“Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come.” Ephesians 1:21.
Having put Jesus in authority over all, the Father made the Son the head over the church which is his body. He fills the body with every, all spiritual blessings and gifts for the body’s benefit and the Father’s glory.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings
in heavenly places in Christ;”
Each member of the body of Christ receives all the spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus. All we need to share in the divine nature is found in our relationship with him. And that’s not all. He has given us gifts to insure we reach completion.
- “in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise,
- Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory…1:13,14;
- unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ…
- And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some pastors and teachers;
- For the perfecting of the saints,
- for the work of the ministry,
- for the edifying of the body of Christ:
- 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:” Ephesians 4:7,11-13.
Paul continues to encourage the body of Christ to grow up in him. Remembering we are of one body, we are to build up one another in love. In the first chapter he gives us why.
God our Father chose us to be his by Jesus Christ because He wanted to. It cost him his Son. That’s how much He loves us and wants us. He has given us all things through Christ Jesus making us,
“To the praise of the glory of his grace,
wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved…
That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ…
unto the praise of his glory.”
I stand amazed how we can bring glory to God the Father. It is only by his grace through faith in the Son.
“But God, who is rich in mercy,
for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Even when we were dead in sins,
hath quickened us together with Christ
, (by grace ye are saved;)
And hath raised us up together,
and made us sit together in heavenly places
in Christ Jesus:
That in the ages to come
he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace
in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”
Now all remaining to be said is,
“Unto him be glory in the church
by Christ Jesus throughout all ages,
world without end. Amen.”