The Fullness of Jesus


For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily  Colossians 2:9. KJV

What an intriguing verse full of power and position between Jesus and the Godhead. After spending some time thinking about this statement I then started to wonder  about the fullness of Jesus between Jesus and His followers. Wondering if His believers understood the fullness of Jesus and therefore be able to grasp the resulting full power and positioning of being in Jesus. There are many stated aspects of Jesus but most of them are attributes of Jesus that do not necessarily help us in our understanding and in our level of relationship with Him. I realize that there are three basic levels of relationships that are incrementally deeper depending on our relationship with Him.

1. Savior: Of the three levels this entry level is the most critical for without it the other two could not exist. It is the level of relationship when Jesus is viewed as and accepted as the savior of one’s soul. Before this relationship between savior and the “one-to-be saved” the scriptures states that God will not listen to us. Not that He could not hear but that He will not listen:

“Indeed, the Lord’s hand is not too short to save, and His ear is not too deaf to hear. But your iniquities have built barriers between you and your God, and your sins have made Him hide His face from you so that He does not listen”. Isaiah 59 : 1-2 HCSB

Vine’s Dictionary (page 548) defines savior as “a savior, deliverer, preserver”. 2 Timothy 1: 9-10 refers to Jesus as the One who comes to as the savior to save us.

“He has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began. 10 This has now been made evident through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who has abolished death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” 2 Timothy 1: 9-10 HCSB

As any other entry level position it is the most basic of all and also the most limited in understanding and authority since it is only the beginning of a journey. This is evident within Christianity where many are mercifully reconciled and positioned before the Throne of God as His children. And just like any normal young children and their relationship with their parents it is one that is self centered and self serving. It is the “terrible twos” stage of faith where the children are always saying “mine” and have not understood the concept of sharing.

2. Lord(ship) (Vines page 379) “signifying having power or authority”. This word is used in different settings but always referring to power and authority. It is used to refer to kings and emperors, masters, as a title of respect, to mention some examples of its usage. We read in Matthew 7 how Jesus is referred to as Lord, where He also responds as only a Lord would, and the expression of power and authority as could only be expressed through a Lord.

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in Your name, drive out demons in Your name, and do many miracles in Your name?’ 23 Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you! Depart from Me, you lawbreakers!” Matthew 7:21-23 HCSB

This second level is much more outward than the first. It is the beginning of the realization of who Jesus, as God, is to us in all His power, authority, and majesty. It is the realization that we are nothing more than a mist compared to His eternal nature and the contentment and privilege to sit at His feet and to respond only to His desires. He then becomes not only our Savior but also our Lord. Many can legitimately state that Jesus is their Savior but their fruits will betray them when they also would claim Jesus as their Lord. Matthew 7 clearly indicates that this level of calling Jesus their Lord is not of manifesting power and well needed acts but one of a relationship between a Lord and His subjects.

3. The third level is the culmination of the first two levels: HEADSHIP. (Vine’s pay 294). “metaphorically, of the authority or direction of God in relation to Christ, of Christ in relation to believing men; of Christ in relation to the Church“. (Italics added).

23 for the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of the body. Ephesians 5:23 HCSB.

It is at this level that one comes to the realization of how the relationship between Christ and the Body actually functions in a practical daily application. It is here that one not only recognizes, but also declares with his behavior, that Christ is actually his head, his Lord and Savior, and not another man or a well intended religious organization in His Name. The HEADSHIP of Christ was never relegated to man; rather man is identified as being part of the Body. As a member of Christ’s Body we have opportunities to mature in our understanding of salvation and lordship as evidenced through our relationship with others within the Body. It is then that the Body is able to fulfill its destiny here on the earth as the direct representation of the Father as the Body imitates Christ.

12 “I assure you: The one who believes in Me will also do the works that I do. And he will do even greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. John 14:12 HCSB

The force multiplier of our being able to accomplish “greater works” is when the Church mature as sons of God and the result is a truly united Body and all their actions flow from their understanding of headship. United through mutual submission not only to each other but also to Jesus as the Head who will direct as how the Body is to go.

 

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One Response to “The Fullness of Jesus”

  1. pastor skender Says:

    It may sound very much Calvinistic but I have to say it, when a person is saved and born from the spirit of God, He has to show fruits if He doesn’t show fruit, then he is not saved at all. When I say fruit, I am speaking about the growth, character, response to a calling for ministry that God wants him to do, if there is nothing of these things in him, than He can easy declare He is a Christian, self-appoint him in the position in diffrent places of leadership or be appointed by somebody else in place of leadership that would mean and does not mean nothing at all.

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