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You are the Fullness of God —
It is as true as it is astounding. Yet, it cannot be denied, though for most it remains incomprehensible. Some, due to the blindness of the flesh might even think it blasphemy, but it is the integrity of the eternal word of God. As it is written ~ “Which He worked in Christ when… put all [things] under His feet, and gave Him [to be] head over all [things] to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all” (Ephesians 1.20-23). The truth is, as it is with the rest of scripture, this would be almost impossible to understand without Christ revealing Himself, who is the Word of God. And this is the first principle to divine revelation — Christ must be known as He truly is — He alone is the ‘Word of God.’ ~ “For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one” (1John 5.7).

The Mystery of the Kingdom

This is the place of the Messiah in the Holy Trinity. He is the Word of God, and it is He alone who can manifest Himself, revealing all of the treasures and mysteries hidden in the word of God, which were placed there for the children of God and hidden from the devil and his children. ~ “The mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1.26-27). The words of Jesus himself must never be taken lightly, forgotten or misinterpreted. He said to those who He has chosen and called to know Him (the Word)… ~ “And He said to them, “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables, so that ‘Seeing they may see and not perceive, And hearing they may hear and not understand; Lest they should turn, And their sins be forgiven them” (Mark 4.11-12).

One with Christ

Over 183 times, the expression ‘in God’ appears in the New Testament. There are various forms of this expression, depending on its grammatical conjugation, which all have the same meaning, forms like: ‘in God, in Christ, in Him, in whom, by whom, by him, etc….’ As soon as one understands the meaning of this fundamental concept, which is continually repeated in the New Testament, he is able to grasp the meaning of how the church and each member of it are, in fact, the’ fulness of God.’ Let’s begin by remembering the great prayer of the Lamb on the night He was betrayed. ~ “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me” (John 17.20-21).

Holy Communion with God

And in this, we see what is the great and only sin — the sin of not abiding ‘in God’ because it is from this one sin alone that all other sins proceed from. Consider the mother of all sins as it is written in the book of Genesis ~ “And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” (Genesis 2.9). God commanded mankind (Adam) to not partake from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, to only eat of the tree of the Spirit (life). It is not a question of ‘good’ or evil, it is only a question of abiding ‘in God.’ And here the true majesty and genius of God is manifest. Everything that is not done in unity, or ‘in’ God, is sin. It is the divine unity of the Trinity that divides heaven from hell and good from evil. The great sin of Satan, the mother of all sin, is to reject the love (spiritual unity) of God and, thus, be cast out of the holy communion, which is the ‘eternal life’ of the divine Trinity.

As the Tree of Life (Spirit) so clearly teaches, just as the ‘fulness’ of a granary is the grain ‘therein,’ so only those who abide ‘in God’ are the ‘fulness’ of God, without sin and in possession of eternal life. As you press the cup of the communion of His blood to your lips this Sunday, remember, the full weight of His glory, the complete volume of His power together with all of the eternal attributes of the divine godhead dwell within you ꟷ whom shall you fear?

Ephesians 4.13

Till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

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Some things are so wrecked they cannot be fixed. Even God recognizes this in scripture. In such cases, when there is no more remedy in the human realm, the child of God is not to remorse. On the contrary, he is to celebrate because it is in just these cases that God has promised to ‘re-create’ that which is broken beyond repair. Sooner or later, everyone will eventually encounter a situation or problem for which remedy has slipped out beyond the sphere of human ability.

What is Crooked

Even the wisest man in the world, King Solomon, recognized this sad state of human affairs. ~ “I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and indeed, all is vanity and grasping for the wind. What is crooked cannot be made straight” (Ecclesiastes 1.14-15). Interestingly enough, God does not speak of fixing, or straightening out, messy problems. To cut to the chase, He ‘does’ indeed speak allot about ‘making things new.’ Let’s face it, God’s ways are the best ways, and, when you think about it, ‘renewing’ a problem or situation makes allot of sense.

The Former Things

Why tinker around trying fix a big mess when it is within His ability to simply make the whole thing new? ~ “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Then He [God] who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful” (Revelation 21.4-5).

Make Things

As the aforementioned verse suggests, some issues are so painful that the only way to move forward is by getting a fresh new start, which is only made possible by cutting the past free and letting God rebuild the entire matter completely new from start to finish. Of course, only God can do this. All the same, it should be underlined that in the Bible it is made clear that God is prone to making things new much more than most think. Consider all of the things God has made new.

Made Better

He has given us: the New Testament, new wine, a new heart, the new birth, the New Jerusalem (heaven), a new heaven and a new earth, a renewed mind, new life, new tongue, etc. In all of this, the love and kindness of God is evident — He does not do away with it; He prefers to keep it, but not as it is forever. Things must be changed. They must be made new. They must be made better. There must be an end and a new beginning for everything under the sun. Everything that lives forever must be renewed by God. ~ “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die…a time to gain, And a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away” (Ecclesiastes 3.1,2,6).

Every Twelve Months

It is a matter of trusting God. He knows when it’s time to make things new in your life. He knows how to get rid of the old, while at the same time keeping that which is good and renewing it. The problem is its us who are not willing to embrace change and let the past fade away into its time and place. It requires faith to change and wisdom to capitalize on change. God is the one who introduced the idea of renewing the year, so every twelve months man would call to mind His promise to make all things1 new and take advantage of the opportunity to change.

Releasing Your Faith

God instituted New Year’s Day when He gave Moses the instructions for the first Passover Dinner. ~ “Now the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, “This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you” (Exodus 12.1-2). Stop letting the enemy trap you into living in the past. Step out into a new day of faith and promise. Take a moment and ask the Father what it is that He wants to renew in your life, then comm

ence your new life by taking the first steps, releasing your faith in God by taking corresponding actions in faith, and watch how God leads you into a new sunrise.

Verse: Isaiah 42.9

Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I [God] declare; Before they spring forth I tell you of them.

Notes

1. Revelation

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The men God has chosen to showcase in the Bible were all men who had undergone amazing transformation. This is the stuff of the true Christian life. All who know God and walk in communion with Him will, like Samson, Moses and Elijah become larger than life figures through spiritual regeneration. In the Old Testament, it was all about the Law of Moses. Now, in the New Testament, it’s all about the promises by which through faith we are transformed into ‘partakers of the divine nature.’ ~ “His divine power has given to us…exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature” (2Peter 1.3,4). God has provided over 2,000 promises in the Bible, so that His children will always have all that is necessary to overcome every tactic of the enemy. There are those who continue praying the same prayers over and over again asking God for the same thing, not knowing that God has already heard their prayer and granted to them the things they have requested.

God Always Gives

Let’s have a look at what the Bible has to say about prayer in the book of James. ~ “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord” (James 1.5-7). Notice that the Apostle begins by using ‘wisdom’ as an example, and he then proceeds to apply what he is saying to all things, when he says ~ “…For let not that man suppose that he will receive ANYTHING from the Lord.” So, it is not talking here about wisdom alone, but rather ‘all things’ that are asked in prayer. Now, notice that it says that God always gives to all men ‘liberally.’ ~ “…God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1.5).

Already Given

God always gives to all who ask in faith. This is why the Apostle continues on to resolutely declare that God always gives to all men when they ask in faith. Notice, he then says unconditionally and resolutely ~ “…and it will be given to him” (James 1.5). The reason why all of the things that God gives to man are already given, is because they must be received ‘BY FAITH’ to seal the transaction. Faith is the only condition that is necessary. Once a person receives by faith, he is qualified and blessed by God because he has met the spiritual condition, which is to receive by faith. This is the only spiritual condition necessary to receive all of the promises of God. Notice, the Bible says the same thing again in the book of 2Peter ~ “As His divine power (faith) has given to us all things that [pertain] to life and godliness, through the… exceedingly great and precious promises” (2Peter 1.3,4). He said, all things have already been given through the promises. All that God requires from man is to receive the promises by faith. ~ “That you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises” (Hebrews 6.12).

Receive What God has Given

Now, the only thing necessary is to receive what God has given. The problem is not that God does not hear our prayers or doesn’t care about us. He cares so much about us that He has granted our petitions even before we have asked them. That’s right! the Bible says, ~ “Before they call, I will answer; And while they are still speaking, I will hear“ (Isaiah 65.24) and Saint Peter writes: ~ “His divine power has given to us all things that [pertain] to life and godliness” (2Peter 1.3). The solution is to know first what things God has already given and then to learn how to receive them from God by faith. The next step is to stop asking God for the things He has already given, identify them and then learn how to receive them by faith. The Apostle Paul writes, ~ “All the promises of God in Him [are] Yes, and in Him Amen” (2Corinthians 1.20).

Divine Transformation

Everything that is in the promises of God has already been given. Once the child of God knows the promises of God, he can stop asking God for things that have already been given and begin the task of ‘receiving’ by faith. Samson was so transformed by the power of God’s Covenant, he was no longer subject to the natural laws of physics. Scripture clearly depicts two Samsons: one completely transformed into a larger-than-life super hero, and apart from faith in the promise just a weak, floundering, religious nobody. It’s up to you. God has placed the power of divine transformation in your hands.

Hebrews 6.12

That you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

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If God is always present, why is it so hard to know Him? God is here… the question is where are you? Sadly, most of us are lost somewhere in our thoughts, remorsing over some past traumatic incident or artfully scheming some shrewd vanity in the future. The great dilemma of the human condition is our habitual absence from one another and from the presence of God. Knowing God will remain a mystery until the mind is harnessed and brought into communion with Him. As long as we choose to live in a state of constant mental distraction, we will remain isolated from God, and from one another. Everyone has experienced the dejected state of being absolutely alone in the middle of a crowded elevator or shopping mall, relatively close in the material world, yet lightyears apart in spirit.

Sharing a Dinner Table

There is nothing more common than married couples who live in the same house, share the same bed, and eat at the same dinner table; yet rarely do they really experience each other. How is this possible? —It is because they are physically present, but spiritually and mentally absent. When Moses asked God His name ~ “God said to Moses…”‘I AM has sent me to you’” (Exodus 3.14). God is the great “I AM” because God is always in the present, He inhabits the present, and you will never encounter Him while you are time-traveling somewhere dreaming about the future, or in the past.

Only in Real Time

The bookshelves in the local Christian bookstore are full of volumes written about how to find God and how to pray, but rarely do they address the real underlying issue—we are AWOL (absent without leave). The solution to all of our needs is so simple it is mindboggling. Unlike us, God does not live in the past or in the future. He is always ‘present.’ God lives in the here and now. He is always and only found in real time. One of the most outstanding of the 7 Redemptive names of God is ‘Jehovah Shammah,’ which means—“God is present.” ~ “And the name of the city from [that] day [shall be]: THE LORD [IS] THERE” (Ezekiel 48.35). A lonely Christian is a sad Christian, and a sad Christian is a weak Christian. A strong believer, on the other hand, is a joyful child of God. Why? —because the ‘joy of the Lord is our strength.” ~ “For the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8.10).

Alone Together

Joy is distinct from mere happiness in that happiness is a result of natural circumstances, but joy is a spiritual state produced by spiritual circumstances. Solitude and loneliness are the cancer that is eating away at the very fabric of today’s modern Christian society. It is a spiritual problem that not only affects singles and widows; it destroys marriages and tears beautiful families apart. Families are devastated because they cannot put their finger on the problem, they cannot identify just what it is that is tearing them apart. Yes, they lived in the same house for years. They shared the same home for decades, but they rarely if ever really interacted with each other because they were habitually absent, each one was lost in his private world of thoughts, worries & fears. 

Virtual Reality

This is what electronic media has done to us. Our addiction to virtual reality has depraved our hearts & souls of the most fundamental of all necessities: life and love in the real world. Man is created in the image of God, the image¹ of love. To say God is a social being is a gross understatement… God is so indelibly communal by nature He is literally three persons in one² held together by perfect and constant love. Man is a love creature. He is a protégé of harmony and affection. There is no life without companionship, regardless of how successful one may be in a career or some other field of endeavor. Intimate daily companionship is absolutely imperative to man’s soul, to his nature. Love is life, and without love there can be no life. 

The State of Eternal Oneness (love)

There can be no love until we recognize our state of absence from one another and consciously come back into the ‘present,’ back into the presence of Jehovah Shammah. We must find our way back to each other again and that can only be done by learning how to live ‘in the present,’ in the presence of Jehovah Shammah, in the perfect bond of love, where we are found together, united in body, soul, mind and spirit. Not merely in the same house, or the same room, but together in time, spirit, mind and soul—together in the present. God created man in a perfect state of ‘oneness.’ In Eden, the garden paradise, man was one with God, one with all of heaven, and one with creation. He was ‘present.’ There was perfect unity. We’ve been taken captive (death) by the knowledge (distraction) of good and evil. Adam did not know what loneliness was until he sinned and entered into spiritual death. When the Serpent beguiled him and he ate of the tree of ‘knowledge,’ Adam and all of mankind fell out of the blissful state of oneness, out of love, out of life; and into vanity, ego and selfishness… he died.

Jehovah Shammah

The devil and the spiritual darkness envelops the lost world around us in the current age cannot be present because they inhabit a perpetual state of spiritual death. The basic premise of death is that one can no longer be present; and therefore, can no longer experience life, the sublime state of love with another ‘living’ being. Therefore, man’s insatiable craving for all the delightfulness of love can only be found in the presence of Jehovah Shammah. 

What Do You Think?

When Adam ate of the tree of the ‘knowledge3 of good and evil,’ he died and was instantly cut off from the ‘presence’ of God and from all other created beings. Every man to this day either lives destitute from God, trapped in uncontrollable tormenting thoughts that imprison and alienate him, or united to God and family and community by choosing which tree he will eat from, whether he will think about life (God-love) or the knowledge of selfishness and evil. It is time for you to come back to life, back to love, back to Jehovah Shammah. You can choose ‘good,’ or you can choose ‘God.’ It’s up to you. What will you choose?

Romans 8:6

For to be carnally minded [is] death, but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace.

Notes

1. Genesis 1.28

2. 1John 5.7

3. Genesis 2.17

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