Updated: May 17, 2019
God’s way is always the way of fullness!
And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
"Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?" declares the LORD.
He is not a God who cares about partial things, half hearted things, or lukewarm people. He is concerned with Fullness, Completeness, Maturity, and the Final Product.
God has never been satisfied with "converts" or just "followers". He wants people Full of Himself!
To do this He does something very practical. He takes us OUT of something to put us INTO something better. Israel was taken out of Egypt, into the Promised Land. We are taken out of sin, and into Forgiveness.
Not only does He take us Out to put us In, but He also Empties in order to Fill.
The Father doesn’t believe in partial filling.
2 Chron 7:1-2
Now when Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the house. The priests could not enter into the house of the LORD because the glory of the LORD filled the LORD'S house.
The Hebrew word means “abundance, satisfied, accomplished, ended, to confirm”. He wants to FULLY occupy.
He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.
That of course is one reason He gave us His own Spirit. Our life on earth should be a contuing letting go, and emptying, so that the Spirit might fill us; it’s an occupying!
“...that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God”.
Everything the Father does is to Build Up until all things are Completed. It stands to reason that our entire Christian ministry should aim for this also.
For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.
Jesus Christ is of course the image of this fullness.
For it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him.
For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form.
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
So, we see Fullness is the very purpose of God for us. This is a spiritual and eternal issue. It can’t be understood in just an earthly and passing manner.We need to have this truth reinforced over and over, until we grasp it in our renewed minds.
So, the writer of Hebrews encourages us with many “Let us...”
Heb 4:1 Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains...
Heb 4:11 Therefore let us be diligent
Heb 4:14 Let us hold fast our confession.
Plus these other verses: 4:16 / 6:1 /10:22-24 / 12:1 / 12:28 / 13:13 / 13:15
Jesus Christ is fuller than we can ever imagine. All our teaching and revelation and spiritual growth keeps us moving on and on.
In fact LACK of regular spiritual encouragement brings deceit and even sin!
Encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called "Today," so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
Spiritual fullness is the Father’s purpose for us. Let us not waste time with things that don’t count!
The Issachar Ministry