3 Scriptures That Just Keep Blowing My Mind

 

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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Keith Giles new book Jesus Unbound: How the Bible Keeps Us From Hearing the Word of God”, is available now on Amazon and features a Foreword by author Brian Zahnd.

He is also the author of the Amazon best-seller, “Jesus Untangled: Crucifying Our Politics To Pledge Allegiance To The Lamb”.

Keith also co-hosts the Heretic Happy Hour Podcast on iTunes and Podbean. He and his wife live in Orange, CA with their two sons.

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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 !