Fullness in Christ

2 11 2010

“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.  Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” (Ephesians 4: 11-15)

 

What does it mean to have fullness in Christ? I have though about this throughout the week because we discussed this passage at church on Sunday. What would it look like if I attained as much as I could in Christ, following Him alone 100% of the time? Whoa. In this passage, the first thing that i noticed was that the word mature was used twice. Mature, by definition, is “fully developed in body or mind,” or “completed, perfected, or elaborated in full by the mind.” If we are mature Christians, we are fully developed,  perfected by God. Our attitiudes, characteristics and actions should leave no room for confusion. We are filled to the brim with the love of Christ and with an understanding of our calling and His love for the world.  Paul explains maturity in Christ here in Ephesians also as unity in the body and church under the head leadership of Christ alone. No division, no discouragement. What would our world look like if we all followed Christ alone. Together. United for one goal. To bring His love to the world.

 

In His love,

Stacey

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