Complete In Christ

Paul, in his prayers for the saints expressed this desire; (Eph 3:16-19) “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; {17} That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, {18} May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; {19} And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.”

“That ye might be filled with all the fullness of God” is a phrase that is difficult to wrap one’s brain around, but it is something that can be a reality in our life. It’s so sad that many believers have settled for the busy-ness of religion or self-established agenda rather than yielding to the life of Christ and the completeness that brings to our weakness. It was this realization that enabled Paul to say that he would “rather glory in his infirmities.” He discovered that nothing else matters much when “the power of Christ rests upon me.” 

(2 Cor 4:15-18) “For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. {16} For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. {17} For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; {18} While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

As we live in light of our identity in Christ we are motivated to see things from His perspective and to rely on the resource of His righteousness and grace. How much better, simpler, and logical it would be to do this than trying to impress God with our feeble attempts to please Him in our own strength.

In Christ we find everything that is pleasing to God the Father. Perhaps, after we’ve fallen down enough we will acknowledge the truth. 

(1 Cor 1:27-31) “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; {28} And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: {29} That no flesh should glory in his presence. {30} But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: {31} That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”

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