Are You Full Yet?

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Introduction

A question such as this demands an answer. Why do we not want short measures when it comes to the things of the world, yet hardly notice anything amiss with Heavenly things? David was one of those people who was so full of God’s Spirit that he could categorically state, “My cup runneth over” (Psalm 23:5). Why are we settling for less than this in our Christian lives when God has made a wonderful provision available to us through the gospel? “The fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ” (Romans 15:29). The gospel of Christ is not limited, impoverished or lacking in anything, instead it is full and complete.

Jesus is the fullness

Ephesians 1:23 describes the Lord Jesus Christ as “the fullness of him that filleth all in all”. He is perfect God and perfect Man. He is the perfect Saviour because “He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him” (Hebrews 7:25). While on earth He did not leave anything half done but instead completed the work He was sent to do. “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do” (John 17:4) … “It is finished” (John 19:30). Therefore it is no wonder that He is the “fullness”. “For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell” (Colossians 1:19).

Can we think of anything He did by half during His earthly ministry? Did He heal the sick, cleanse the leper, cast out devils or raise the dead halfway? Notice these two instances that serve as a testimony to Christ’s ability to do everything to the full. After He had fed over five thousand people with five loaves and two fishes, there was still enough left over to feed another multitude. “Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten” (John 6:13). The first disciples soon realised that He could supply all their needs when they caught a miraculous catch of fish. “And when they had this done, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink” (Luke 5:6-7).

He gives the fullness

We do not follow a God who is miserly in His dealings with His children. He is a God who will “supply all [our] need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). He promised that we would receive from Him blessings that are “pressed down, and shaken together, and running over” (Luke 6:38). First and foremost He gives us a full measure of His grace. “And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace” (John 1:16). Do we see that the Father held nothing back when He “sent his only begotten Son” to save us from sin (John 3:16)? It is this fullness of grace that enables us to be His people. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:8-10). Therefore we are “complete in him” (Colossians 2:10).

The Lord gives us the fullness of joy and peace. “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full” (John 15:11) … “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing” (Romans 15:13). Peter describes this complete joy as “joy unspeakable and full of glory” (1 Peter 1:8). Paul states that the peace Jesus gives us  “passeth all understanding” (Philippians 4:7). Jesus called them “my joy” and “my peace” (John 15:11 & 14:27), and He shares them with us to the fullest.

The fullness of the Spirit

To be filled with the Spirit is not a request but a command. If God offers believers the fullness of the Holy Spirit, is it not a sign of unbelief and disobedience if we are not so filled? “Be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). How can we claim to be Christians if we are not filled with God’s Spirit? “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:23). God does not live in us halfway; either we are fully saved or fully lost, for there is no middle ground. Therefore it is impossible to be filled with the Spirit by percentage. We either are or we are not. 

Astounding as it might seem, we must be filled with the fullness of God. “And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God” (Ephesians 3:19). The God we serve abides by His own words, for He would not ask us to be all out for Him if He was not willing to be exactly the same towards us. He says that “lukewarm” believers sicken Him (Revelation 3:16), so we can be certain that His love for us in absolutely complete. “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:9-10).

Conclusion

God wants us to be complete in Christ by receiving the fullness of all He has made available to us. “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 4:13). Paul rightly says that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), it makes us wonder if we continue to fall short of God’s glory by not having His fullness! Are you full yet?

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