To Attain the Fullness of Christ
There is a new stirring from the Holy Spirit. The Lord’s goal is for us is to abide in Jesus. John taught, “The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked” (1 John 2:6). If we truly abide in Him, we will walk even “as He walked.”
The first-century saints had the words of Jesus and they had the Spirit of Jesus. In that simplicity the church enjoyed unsurpassed greatness and power. We also are becoming true disciples, seeking to walk even as Jesus walked. This is the singular essential requirement in unifying the church: we each desire for Christ’s image to be established in our hearts.
Is this possible? Are we being reasonable? Listen to what Jesus taught. He said, “He who believes in Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to the Father” (John 14:12). Again, He taught, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you” (John 15:7). When we are aligned correctly to God’s will, we will indeed have the life of God manifest in our lives.
Here is the vision and prayer of Paul for those in pursuit of Christlikeness. He wrote:
“That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it]; [That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!” (Eph. 3:18-19 Amplified Bible).
Beloved, this is not New Age religion or false manifest sons theology; it is the truth of God proclaimed in the Sacred Scriptures. It is God’s will that we, Christ’s church, be filled through all our being unto all the fullness of God, that we each become a body “wholly filled and flooded with God Himself!”
Let this become both our immediate and our long-term goal: to see Jesus Christ revealed in His fullness in the church!
—Adapted from Francis’ book, When the Many Are One
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