3 Scriptures That Just Keep Blowing My Mind

3 Scriptures That Just Keep Blowing My Mind July 12, 2018

Over the last few months, I’ve run across 3 scripture verses that are seriously melting my brain. (In a very good way.)

The first one is this:

“15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” – Col. 1:15-20

First, we notice that Jesus is “the image of the invisible God”; something I’ve done a lot of writing and thinking about lately. But, the second part is almost unbearably amazing: “God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him.

Now, you need to hang on to that concept long enough to read the second verse:

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. “ – Col. 2:9-10

There it is again: Christ embodies all fullness of God, but it’s the next part that knocks me backward: “…and in Christ, you have been brought to fullness.”

Are you ready for the next part? Here it is:

 22And God placed all things under his [Christ’s] feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” – Eph. 1:22-23

This one might be a bit harder to notice because of the way Paul composes his thoughts, but essentially this verse says:

God placed everything under Christ’s feet.

Christ is the head over everything for the Church.

The Church is His Body.

The Church is the fullness of Christ.

Christ fills everything in every way.

So…if we put all 3 of these verses together we get something like this:

Christ embodies the fullness of God.

We, in Christ, are brought to that same fullness.

Christ, who fills everything in every way, fills us with His fullness.

What does this mean? I think it means more things than I have the capacity to express in words.

Christ is not merely the “image of God.” Christ is filled with the entire fullness of God.

Not only this: But the entire fullness of God is contained “in bodily form.”

Does that make any sense? The Infinite is contained within a finite human body?

Well, that is what it says. Then we learn that we are now Christ’s body and that we are now “brought to fullness” and  we are “the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way.”

What?!

First, the fullness of God was contained in Christ’s body. Now, we are Christ’s body. That means that all the fullness of God STILL lives in bodily form today. Where? In us!

Not a little bit. Not a residue of the Divine. We are talking the FULLNESS of God, alive in us; in bodily form!

Am I the only one who gets geeked out by this? Hello? Anyone?

God. Alive. In me. Right now. The same way God was alive in Christ. The total, one hundred percent, absolute freakin’ FULLNESS OF THE LIVING GOD [excuse me]….alive in me, and you!

I could meditate on this for the rest of my life. I think I just might.

If this amazes you, please let me know in the comments below.

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  • RebelRose

    This sounds amazing to me! And it fits so well in a blog I posted a few months ago.. The second coming of Christ happens every time a new believer comes to faith in Jesus. Thanks for sharing, Keith! ✌

  • ClaudiuM

    Indeed, powerful and amazing Scriptures, God be praised!
    However, please note that the fullness of God is in the body of Christ, in the CHURCH, while a believer is a member in this body. This means that a believer has a “subset” of the fullness as per the role as member while he / she has access to the fullness of GOD (amazing yes!) within the church.
    Thus, I wouldn’t say “the fullness of God is in me” but rather “in the church I have complete access to the fullness of God who gives me life as a member of Christ’s body”

  • Brad Benner

    Thank you for sharing this revelation! I am overwhelmed by these truths. I feel like I did the day after I received Christ as my Savior. The fullness of God, in all his incarnations, with Christ as the head of the body. I sense the joy of the Spirit reveling in this knowledge. I want to step out of the boat, and skip across the water with Christ. This message has renewed me, and brought life to my weary bones! Thank you for sharing.

  • Clara Linares Güinther Ovando

    I was taught that man or woman..were born into sin or the we are sinful and that is why Jesus died on the cross. But I never believed in that. And these verses prove me right! Amen !

  • Roger Morris

    Meditating on Bible verses is much like meditating on Zen koans. You feel initially that it is a deeply spiritual act that will bring you to the cusp of an amazing spiritual awakening or breakthrough. Eventually though, you realize that despite your ongoing efforts, nothing much has changed and the expected spiritual awakening or breakthrough never actually eventuates. It’s like dancing around furiously under an empty and disinterested sky.

  • All three from Paul’s writings, rather than from the Gospels. The first scripture compares very closely with the teachings of the Baha’i prophet and divine manifestation Baha’u’llah. Any divine manifestation sent from God …Abraham, Moses, the Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed… really fits this Biblical scripture –IF YOU LOOK SOLELY at their respective personal teachings.

    Otherwise, the authorship of Colossians began to be authoritatively questioned during the 19th century, when many scholars began to attribute the letter to prominent theologians such as Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, Tertullian, Origen of Alexandria and Eusebius.

    One criterion is that the epistle’s language doesn’t seem to match Paul’s, with 48 words appearing in Colossians that are found nowhere else in his writings and 33 of which occur nowhere else in the New Testament. A second ground is that the epistle features a strong use of liturgical-hymnic style which appears nowhere else in Paul’s work to the same extent. A third is that the epistle’s themes related to Christ, eschatology and the church seem to have no parallel in Paul’s undisputed works.

    It seems to me that Christians need to return to the works and the language of the Jewish prophet Jesus, rather than the Pauline elaborations and claims by whoever the heck actually wrote them. The Synod of Hippo in 393 may have done the Christian world no favors by including some of the books and letters that it did, and by leaving out MANY others.

  • Matt Agajanian

    I don’t have a problem with this/these when I see someone who acts like Mother Theresa or embodies godly behaviour. What I do have a major problem with is those who call themselves Christian and act like Trump or some Republicans who call themselves Christian but enact actions that Jesus wouldn’t even sanction.

    I’m sure you know the type. They call themselves Christians, but would do anything in the name of Christ that are clearly uncivil, inhumane, and even downright “cruel & unusual punishment” all because of a maladjusted perception of Christian conduct and Christlike behaviours.

  • Bubububba Bubba

    and this fullness BS is full of fullness… and round and round and round we go with this “line” of thought that is full of fullness…
    AS this mysogynist fiction continues to be pushed as relevant to today’s world. Let the bearded stone-age mysogynist’s creed fade away please… Let a new day begin without this baggage from an ignorant time in history…. Look to the wonders of science and evolution to expand your mind and be awestruck by this “world” that we live in. If you must have a “moral code” than set one up that is not biased against women.

  • Bubububba Bubba

    sounds a lot like “mast” ter “bating” … typical male BS

  • Bubububba Bubba

    Paul and Ron Hubbard have a lot in common… both wrote/promoted a “new” religion …. to fulfill their narcissistic egos….

  • Bubububba Bubba

    dontchaknow… the “real” christians are the ones who head megachurches and are super-rich and have private million dollar planes to “abet” them in “spreading the word” ….

  • Nik

    I think the awakening involves realizing that very often spirituality is quiet and unspectacular.

  • Nik

    That’s how I read it, that the church as a collective is the embodiment of Christ in his fullness.

  • Cally

    You are blown away by the understanding you’re grasping from this scripture, yet it sounds very familiar to me. Why? Because I’ve read some of the texts from the Hindu scriptures of Advaita Vedanta which is older than the New Testament. This is an example whereby your Christian faith can benefit from reading other sacred texts.

  • Cally

    Whatever insights you discover must shift from the head to the heart.

  • Cally

    ClaudiumM and Nik, you have totally missed the point. Not surprising really because you’ve been brainwashed into believing you and The Christ or God and the ‘church’ are all separate things. They are not! It’s all there in the scripture, but only if you have the eyes to see and ears to hear.

  • Randy Hurt

    What makes the whole thing more remarkable, to me, is Paul’s advice to the Phillipians:
    Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross.

    Philippians 2:5-8 | NRSV

  • Matt Agajanian

    What was I thinking? (sarcasm, of course).

  • ClaudiuM

    I wanted to make this clear since the end of the article is like this:
    “God. Alive. In me. Right now. The same way God was alive in Christ. The total, one hundred percent, absolute freakin’ FULLNESS OF THE LIVING GOD [excuse me]….alive in me, and you!”

    It’s that “100% in me” that made me write the comment…

  • Dragonia

    The part that I find amazing about your conclusion is when I look at *almost* every Christian everywhere.
    People living their lives with the “fullness of the living god” look and act just like me, a total atheist (and sometimes much worse, on a”Christian behavior scale”). Shouldn’t people with all of this “fullness” seem different in their actions/attitudes/secrets/words?
    I know, rhetorical question.
    Nope, sorry to burst your happy bubble, but I think the evidence speaks for itself.

  • Nik

    I understood what you were responding to but it never hurts to reiterate. Enjoy your day!

  • C_Alan_Nault

    “Over the last few months, I’ve run across 3 scripture verses that are seriously melting my brain. (In a very good way.)”

    If you read the Hindu Vedas, you may find 3 scripture that are seriously melting your brain. (In a very good way.)

  • C_Alan_Nault

    “First, we notice that Jesus is “the image of the invisible God”;”

    So he is like the Invisible Pink Unicorn?

  • Chad Lane Hallyburton

    Agreed: the Upanishads offer many great images for grappling with the experience of God.

  • Brianna LaPoint

    What scripture speaks to you, may not be what scripture speaks to everyone else. Because of my own experiences, I also realize sometimes people see what they want to see, and I will never see the same thing, because i was NOT meant to.

  • Denzil Burgon

    Awesome!! Never mind the same concept solidified from the beginning: Genesis 1:26-28.
    (Paraphrased)… “ So God made mankind in the IMAGE & LIKENESS of God & blessed them to take ownership of their world & progress it & themselves by experiencing & exercising THEIR DIVINITY in their world.”

  • Nimblewill

    Christ in us, the hope of glory. Glory is the manifestation of God.
    And to know the love Christ is to be filled with all the fullness of God.