Fullness of God

elephant-426990_640Ephesians 3:19: and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Here, the fullness of God is associated with his love. In the famous chapter in the bible about love, the bible says that even if we have faith that can move mountain, without love, we are nothing. Love is called the higher way (1Corinthians 13).

Whatever I have, without love, is nothing. “I am nothing” means love gives meaning to everything else. It is what God is marked by. God is love (1John 4:8).

When asked what is the greatest commandment? Jesus said that it is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, strength and power, and love our neighbour as ourselves (Mark 12:30-31).

Love defines our relationship with God and with others. It is the element of connection with God and others. We are not make to live in isolation. In the book of Genesis, God made Eve to be the companion of Adam after he established connections with him (Genesis 2:21-25). That precedent shows that love for God and for others should mark everything we do.

And when we receive the Holy Spirit, it is about the love of God coming into us. Paul wrote that the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit he has given to us (Romans 5:5). We cannot relate with God effectively except his love is in us.

Without the motivation of love and a heart of obedience, Jesus would not be able to pay the prize of the cross.

It was love that held him there when he was at the Garden of Gethsemane as he was vibrating in anticipation of what it means to die on the cross. Love has the component of intentionality. Jesus chose to go to the Cross. He said that he had been given the right to lay down his life and to take it again (John 10:18).

Love has focus. It seeks the benefit of the other. God is love and to be with God is to be with love, therefore, to grow in God is to grow in love.

Jesus charge his disciples on what it really means to love him. He said: if you love me you will keep my commandment (John 14:15).

You cannot do your own thing and say that you love God. Without love, we cannot truly obey, and we cannot disobey and say we love. Therefore, love is action.

When Jesus was illustrating what it means to love our neighbour as ourselves, he gave the story of a Samaritan traveller who saw a man bloodied and almost lifeless, who had been mugged and robbed as he also was traveling (Luke 10:25-37).

The religious folks, represented by the priest and the Levi passing along that road. Without anyone to witness their efforts to be of help and applauded them, they refused to lend a helping hand, even though they may be the ones talking a lot about being of help to others in the synagogue.

But the Samaritan lover did things differently. He helped the man, though doing so was of no direct profit to him.

The man was not even conscious enough to be able to recognise that someone is helping him and may not be able to thank him. There was nothing to gain, no applaud from anyone, no recognition for a job well done; no way to get a return. That is the way Jesus pictured loving our neighbour.

The fullness of God is about his presence. The bible says that the presence of God there is fullness of joy and his right hand pleasures forever more (Psalm 16:11).

Jesus was described by John as being full of grace and truth (John 1:12-14). He probably got this insight into the person of Jesus after an impartation of revelation. It is not something a casual observer would say.

When Jesus asked who do men say that I am? The disciples said many things, all missing the mark by a long margin (Matthew 16:13-19). And by inspiration Peter said that Jesus is the Christ the son of the living God. He is the fullness of the Godhead bodily (Colossians 2:9).

Jesus healed a man and asked him: do you believe in the Son of God? He said: who is he Lord that I may believe in him? He was curious, he was hungry. And Jesus said, “It is he who is talking to you,” and he bowed down to him (John 9:35-38).

The Samaritan woman was directly told by Jesus that he was the messiah, and she could not hold the discovery to herself as she went into her city to make it known to others (John 4:35-38).

So to know who Jesus really is, is to know him as the fullness of God, and that is by divine revelation. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit is his “revealer”. He said: “he will take of what is mine and shew it to you,” shining the light of the revelation of Jesus in our heart (John 16:13-15).

Paul talking about himself, said that God in the fullness of time revealed his son in him so that he can preach and demonstrate him among the gentiles (Galatians 1:14-16).

You cannot be more convincing than you are convinced, you cannot communicate more than is revealed to you. Jesus said that the apostles should teach those who believe what he had taught them (Matthew 28:18-20). He said what they hear in secret they should proclaim it openly (Matthew 10:27). You cannot fill others more than you have been filled; you cannot express more than has been impressed on you.

There is no experience of the fullness of God without knowing Christ, and there is no knowing Christ without knowing his love. He embodies of the love of God to humanity.

The bible says that for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). The love of God covers all of humanity, and daily we are the receiving end of his love as he shows his mercy on us, and we can eternally enjoy the love when we believe in Jesus and pass from death to life, from loss to surplus, from empty to full, in the experience of all-round restoration. His love fills us.

Question 1: What is the fullness of God associated with?

Question 2: Love has the element of…

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