Filled With All the Fullness of God
“That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Ephesians 3:16-19
Concerning superlatives and excessive speech this passage contains several. To comprehend the breadth, length, depth and height of the love of Christ, which is beyond knowledge, is a pretty spectacular idea. But to be filled with all the fullness of God is mind-boggling. What does that mean? All the fullness of God? Seriously?
By any human measure the fullness of God is uncontainable. So, how can we be filled with it?
Remember, God does not lie and He does not exaggerate for emotional effect or for any reason. His promises are righteous and true and His Words are precise and deliberate in their intent. To be filled with all the fullness of God is first to consider Jesus, Who was filled with all the fullness of God, indeed was the express image of God.
“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. Hebrews 1:1-4
Likewise, we are admonished to let the same mind be in us that was in Christ, accepting the presence of the Godhead in us.
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus…” who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God…” Philippians 2:5-6
The idea that either of these admonitions is even possible, not to mentioned expected of us is, for most of us, a fantasy too enormous to grasp. It’s easier to think that these are just metaphors for real things that are more easily comprehendible. Nevertheless, they are indeed precisely what God intended to convey to us. We can be filled with all the fullness of God and we can have the same mind as Christ concerning our relationship with God. If we couldn’t He would not have said we would. The question then is, how?
Well, the answer to most, if not all, of the “how” questions in the Scriptures is the Holy Spirit. By the Holy Spirit we are baptized into Christ. By God the Father we are baptized into the Holy Spirit and given gifts severally as He wills. [Acts 10:38; Matthew 3:11; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-5;]
The Holy Spirit works in us to fill us with the love of God [Romans 5:5] and to produce the fruit of the Spirit, empowering us to do the work of ministry. By these Jesus calls us to do the works that He did and even greater works because He has gone to the Father.
”Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” John 14:12-14
Remember when He worked miracles, healed the sick, delivered the captives, and preached the Gospel to the poor He did not claim any credit for them. He said it was the Father in Him that did those things.
”Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.” John 14:10
Now, the works that we do are not done by our human power. We do the works of God by the power of the Holy Spirit in us. The Holy Spirit, the Father and the Son work in union together to fulfill His purposes in and through us. We are filled with all the fullness of God when we become fully submitted to the work of the Holy Spirit in us by receiving, believing and acting on the Word of God by faith, without fear or doubting, hoping against hope when necessary, and resting confidently in the integrity and truth of God’s Word.
We strengthen our faith when we resist the devil and when we exercise the Word of God by not allowing negative thinking to take hold in our hearts. When circumstances look grim and are totally opposite to the Word of God we choose to believe the Word of God anyhow. And we stand on that until God fulfills His promise to us by His Word. That is exactly what Jesus did daily.
Now, He didn’t brood over those who chose not to receive His message or believe His power to heal, when He could not do many mighty works among them because of their unbelief.
“Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.” Matthew 13:55-58
Being possessed of the Holy Spirit and possessing all the fullness of God is no guarantee that we will convince those who don’t wish to be convinced to receive or believe Jesus. But when our motivation is love we can minister to the hearts of those who will believe.
Now it is clear, we do not know those who will and those who won’t believe, so we preach to all and let God in His sovereignty do the sorting out. Our part is to yield ourselves to become all that God has created us to be, no matter how fantastic it may seem to our human minds.
What is extravagant and beyond the scope of our imagination here on earth is merely ordinary life in the Kingdom of God in the Heavenly dimension of creation.
There is a language connection, a communication bridge between us and the infinite realm of God in His fullness. When we speak in other tongues we are speaking in the language of Heaven. Our minds are not comprehending in those moments what we are saying, but we are speaking mysteries to God.
“For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.” 1 Corinthians 14:2
We are more engaged with the realm of the infinite than we know. When we received Jesus and the Father came to dwell in us with the Holy Spirit we received the fullness of God in spirit. In the time to come we will have more of His life revealed to us and in us until the day we are fully transformed into the image of Christ being possessed of all the fullness of God.