This is truly astounding! God went to tremendous lengths to secure this blessing of fullness for us. He sent his Son Jesus to earth in human form to die a barbaric death on a cross.
We nurture our relationship with Jesus by becoming more aware of his Spirit within us, by being filled with his word Eph. But it begins with love. Love is the foundation and the motivation of our lives as Christians. See Heb.
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Simpson used the following analogy to illustrate the limits of being filled:. Being filled with the fullness of God is like a bottle in the ocean.
You take the cork out of the bottle and sink it in the ocean, and you have the bottle completely full of ocean. The bottle is in the ocean, and the ocean is in the bottle. The ocean contains the bottle, but the bottle contains only a little bit of the ocean. So it is with the Christian. We can be filled with the fullness of God when we immerse ourselves in his love, in his ways, in his Spirit, and in his word. If we only knew it, we could enlarge our vessel. The vessel gets bigger as we go on with God. Because God wants us to experience his fullness, we should desire this for ourselves.
We may or may not be aware of this reality.
Paul's prayer is that we will come to have experiential knowledge of this fullness of God which we have in Christ. There is a degree of mystery to what Paul says here. He prays to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge. He wants us to know what is unknowable. It can be experienced, but not known academically, apparently. This requires his earlier request that we be strengthened in the inner man to be able to experience this love that surpasses knowledge.
Fullness and the Knowledge of God
It is supernatural, but the key is that Christ is the fullness of God. We need nothing in addition to Christ to have that fullness. Army As I read the passage in question, it seems to me that, by "the fullness of God", Paul is referring to a person being endowed with attributes arising from the distinct functions of each Person of the Trinity. God the Father Ephesians , as the all-glorious Creator of life and being "from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named" , is the grantor of these attributes. God the Holy Spirit Ephesians , who dwells within believers, is the source of faith, and of spiritual strength, both in perseverance and in displays of power.
The faith arising from the Spirit, in turn, is directed toward the God the Son Christ Ephesians , and manifests itself in the faithful through love toward others -- the same sacrificial love that Christ showed in becoming human and dying to make possible the salvation of all people in the world. It gives strength and comfort in trials, joy in sorrow, and temperance in times of great blessing.
It is the confidence that He does all things well, the comfort that He makes all things right, and the consciousness of the fellowship of His Presence with us. Scripture teaches that the fullness of God is expressed only through the Person of the Son. Neither knowledge of the Father, however accurate and complete, nor knowledge of the Holy Spirit, nor knowledge of both, will fill us with the fullness of God. It is only in and through the Lord Jesus Christ that we may see, understand, and know by experience the Person of God.
The impenetrable marvel and mystery of this truth is that believers are indwelt by God through the Spirit and that we have within us, not some fraction, percentage, portion, or part of God, but God Himself.
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Since it is only through Christ that the believer is made complete, it is the work of the Spirit through sanctification to fill us up with all the fullness of God. That work does not eradicate our personality, but it begins a process, to paraphrase John the Baptist which finds us decreasing and Christ increasing, a process that will not be completed until eternity. Previous Page Next Page.
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