Experiencing God's Fullness 8-27-2017 I. Intro- Colossians 1:12-19 A. It is fitting that this passage begins with the theme of Thanksgiving for in it Paul's purpose is not to preach technicalities, but to proclaim thanks for the Redeemer . This theme is one that resounded in His heart to the Glory of God and as the Holy Spirit stirred up that which was already in His heart He leads us in a meditation of Praise and Thanksgiving. It is fitting for us also to have this theme of Thanksgiving stored up in our hearts for the redemption of our unworthy souls unto the Father. It was at His direction that Christ offered himself upon Calvary to free us from the debt of sin that we could not pay and at once make us accepted in the sight of the Father , justified from all of our crimes, set at liberty from our depravity and to be looked upon as a Son instead of an enemy . This Paul communicates in verses 12-14 showing us that we have, that is presently in our lives, been delivered from the darkness of Satan and the prison of Sin. B. Then in verse 15 Paul begins to extol the virtues and Glories of the person of Christ himself. In the previous section Paul showed why we have reason to be thankful and to glorify Christ, Now Paul shines the light of praise and glory on Christ directly to show us who we are to be thankful for. In these verses Paul leads us in a refrain unto the name of Christ, because He has created all things, and all things were created for His honor and His glory. This has to be true if they were created by Him, then they were designed to accomplish His will and to bring Him glory therefore they were created both by Him and for Him . IN verse 17 Paul points us to the fact that it is by Christ that all things also consist, or continue to be. Not only has creation been brought into existence by Christ, it is FOR Christ and His glory, but it is also upheld by the word of His power. C. Hebrews 1:3 This verse echoes our text passage as we notice the emphasis put upon Christ upholding all tings simply with His Word. This Christ, purged our sins on the cross and is set down on the right hand of God. Our attention is drawn to the fact that Christ is the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, that is of God. That is to say that Christ is the exact representation of God, so that all that God is so is Christ. Going back to our text passage we see in verse 19 that there is a fullness that dwells in Christ. Fullness means; Completeness over a broad scope, the condition of being filled to capacity, and greatness of Volume. Paul is leading us to Thanksgiving for the fullness that is found in Christ, that He is filled to capacity, with greatness of volume over a broad scope, covering everything and anything we will ever need. Consider the Fullness of Christ.... II. It is the Fullness of God - Colossians 2:9 A. We see first in verse 19 that it pleased the Father that in Christ not just Fullness should dwell but rather, ALL FULLNESS . These two words used together with the power and majesty of God form a comforting and formidable promise. It pleased God that ALL THINGS should dwell in Christ for the purpose of blessing and saving His children. As Paul continued to instruct the Colossians He tells them in Colossians 2:9 that this Fullness is the Fullness of God , it dwells completely in Christ . This means that Christ is everything that God is in all respects, this means that in Christ dwells the Fullness of merit and righteousness, of strength and grace, of peace and mercy, of knowledge, power, and provision, of compassion, love, and long-suffering and an infinite number of other things that fail us at this moment to speak of . B. This means that the Father, the Almighty God and creator of the ends of the earth, the sustainer and sovereign, the provider and protector, has stored up in Christ, as in a reservoir that can never deplete or extinguish, His eternal love and unbounded Grace that it may come to us through Jesus Christ. Christ then is the fullness of God , in everything that He is , everything that He controls, knows, understands, plans, purposes, oversees, etc. There is nothing that God is that Christ is not, He truly is the fullness of God. Fullness again means, filled to capacity, that is Christ is filled to capacity with everything that God is . How powerful and amazing this is to realize. Christ is not just man, though Christ had flesh and blood, walked, ate and slept as a man, He is so much more as the FULLNESS OF GOD in all things . III. Experiencing the Fullness of God in Christ- John 1:14-17 A. All praise, honor, glory, and Thanksgiving is due to the Father because it pleased Him, it made Him Happy, it served His eternal purpose that ALL FULLNESS should dwell in Christ for His glory and our good . We now come to John 1:14-17 and see this fullness brought to our attention by the apostle that walked on this earth with Christ. He shows in verse 14 that Christ is God in the flesh, tabernacleing among men, FULL of Grace and Truth . IN other words Christ is the FULLNESS of GOD in Grace and Truth . The question before us now, is HAVE YOU RECEIVED OF THIS FULLNESS? B. After remembering the words of John the Baptist in verse 15 John makes the statement in verse 16 that " We have received of the FULLNESS of Christ ". John, the other apostles and many others had been the recipients of the FULLNESS of Christ. They had been made the sons of God ( Verse 12 ) and thereby experienced full salvation of the will of God. They were able to be partakers of the FULLNESS OF GOD through Jesus Christ by Faith. God had provided everything that they would need in Jesus Christ for salvation. Rejoice this morning that it pleased God for ALL FULLNESS of Salvation to dwell in Christ . That is ALL THINGS needed for our salvation He was pleased to provide in Christ . There is nothing required that is not provided in Christ by God. C. Think of it this way, God is the Ruler over all, perfect in righteousness and Holiness and cannot tolerate, look upon, or accept anything that is less than perfect in righteousness and Holiness. Without meeting this standard man has no hope of a relationship with God, no hope of salvation, no hope of eternal life. This is the TRUTH , that all men need to hear and understand that they may see there is no way for them to meet the standard of God in their natural condition . As we look back to verse 14 we see that Christ is full of Truth, or He has the FULLNESS of the righteousness, holiness, and perfection of God within Him because He is the Fullness of God. D. As we further examine this verse it also tells us that Christ is FULL of Grace also. SO then Christ is also filled to capacity with Grace, or the unmerited favor of God. We need the truth that Christ has but the only way we can have it is if it is given to us by God through Grace. Christ is full of GRACE and it pleased God to fill Christ with Grace for the benefit of His people . IN this we have received Grace on top of Grace, as the Fullness of God is poured out to us in the blood of Jesus Christ. E. Ephesians 3:19 -So then let us conclude with this question, " Have you received of the FULLNESS of God through Christ unto Salvation ?" Are you among us this morning and unsaved and still in your natural condition? Are you void of the the fullness of God ? Understand this morning that as long as there is any part of you still left in the equation you cannot be filled with the Fullness of God through Christ. God only fills empty vessels. If you have thought that any part of salvation is about you, or by you, or through you, then you are not emptied. Realize this morning that it is all of God be emptied of yourself and trust Christ by faith for salvation! Colossians 1:20-22
12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. 15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. 16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. 21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: