|The Sum of All Things|
The Sum of all Things
in relationship to God's purpose. Two of them are "fullness" and "all".
The fullness is to be in His Son. That is what He is pointing out here
in this passage. God is summing up all things in Christ so that
He would be the fullness.
So that all fulness would be in Him.
Heaven and Earth
But you may be asking: isn't all the fullness already in Christ?
The answer is yes and no.
This answer correlates with the two realms, heaven and earth.
We know that there are two basic realms; the spiritual and the physical.
Paul calls the spiritual realm the heavenlies, heavenly places,
or the heavens. The physical realm is usually referred to as "the earth".
God wants to bring back and reunite all things in Christ.
This includes things in the spiritual realm and things in the physical realm.
The heavens remain in God's order and are already in Christ.
It's the earth that has the problem.
Notice that the Lord prayed; "on earth as it is in heaven".
The earth (physical realm) is where all the confusion, disorder,
and disruption exists. This is where the Church comes in.
All authority in heaven and earth has been given to Christ.
He has been made Head over all things. This is an established legal fact.
The Father has placed all things under His feet. Now this will become
a practical reality on the earth through the Church, His body.
This will happen mainly by two means.
In Your Life
The reality of the headship of Jesus Christ has not yet become fulfilled
in our own individual lives.
There are many things in you and me that are not Christ.
That's why God is conforming us to the image of His Son.
He takes us through difficult situations in order to enlarge us to
make room for more of Christ. This is a lifelong process.
He is all the time seeking to enlarge our capacity
to know Christ more deeply and intimately.
In the Church
" which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all"
This statement will never cease to amaze me! It says that the Church
is the fullness of Christ. She is the full expression and embodiment
of Jesus Christ. And He is the one who fills all in all.
Brothers and sisters, the fullness of Christ is in the body.
Do you want more of Christ? Do you want to know Him in a deeper way?
Do you want His will to be done in your life?
All of these things will take place in the body.
Not in a building, not in an organization or institution,
but inside of the living, breathing expression of Christ on the earth
that Paul calls the body of Christ!
So here you have it. All things are being gathered up into One.
He is to be the fullness of the universe.
And He is to fill all things with Himself.
The vehicle for His purpose is the Church.
She is the fullness of Christ and all that is of Him will be expressed
and manifested through her.
This is His eternal purpose. This is the will of God.
by Milt Rodriguez