For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily (Col. 2:9 KJV).
Pleroma is the Greek word translated as “fullness” in the verse above. In this verse, the Apostle Paul gives us a staggering revelation about Jesus. Paul tells us that, as a man, Jesus had the fullness of God dwelling within His body.
Pleroma is “the full measure of deity”(1). This should make your ears tingle! The full measure of God, and everything that makes Him God, was living inside of Jesus when He walked the earth as a Man! All of the attributes and virtues of God revealed in the Word-His power, wisdom, grace, love, patience, and His excellence-dwelt in Jesus in totality, lacking nothing. This is the fullness of the Godhead.
Now comes the unimaginable and mind-shattering truth. The same fullness of God that dwelt in Jesus as a Man, also dwells in us, as the Body of Christ. He filled you when you were saved, and now the same fullness of the Godhead dwells in you. This truth is revealed in the verse immediately following today’s scripture: “you have been filled in him” (Col. 2:10 ESV).
The totality of God lives inside your spirit man. God’s wants your soul to be filled with the totality of the Godhead, so that your outward man will be the full expression of God, as stated in the book of Ephesians “that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:19 KJV).
Today’s truth comes with spiritual illumination. Read and re-read every sentence above. Study the scriptures for yourself until this truth becomes reality in you.
APPLY THE WORD
Do you see that God’s plan in your life goes way beyond simply turning you into a good Christian? He wants to make you a complete, visible manifestation of the invisible God!
I encourage you to pray that the Lord will open your understanding to the revelation of His fullness in you.
- Arndt, W., Danker, F. W., Bauer, W., & Gingrich, F. W. (2000). A Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament and other early Christian literature (3rd ed.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
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