A Letter to the Saints - "Fulfillment in Christ"
Hello Beloved of God, Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
There is a tremendous verse in the book of Ephesians regarding God's eternal purpose for us all, to be fulfilled in Christ:
“that all human history should be consummated in Christ, that everything that exists in Heaven or earth should find its perfection and fulfillment in him.” - Ephesians 1:10 (Philips)
Consider with me God’s aim here: that everything that exists should find its perfection and fulfillment in Christ. Mankind is generally striving for perfection, be it in a certain field of business, hobby, personal desires such as looking good, social status, etc. Man drives to crop off what isn’t helping the process of perfecting himself, and to develop what is. People work hard toward perfecting themselves. Whatever is man’s image of “perfection” seems to be worth his effort.
How about man’s fulfillment? What would make us feel fulfilled, or complete? Is it a good enough job, house, car, spouse or children? Is it being the right weight, being successful enough, being accomplished in something? What is it that would make us feel satisfied in life?
God designed us and He knows what will give us complete satisfaction in life. God loves us. The one true God would never steer us wrong. God truly wants the very best for us. God designed this life so that we CANNOT find perfection and fulfillment in the things or the ways of this world. God designed us to find complete perfection and fulfillment in Christ, that we would settle into being satisfied in Christ. God designed the fullness of life to be in Christ.
Many of us talk about how wonderful it will be when our Lord Jesus Christ returns to gather us together. This truly will be a wonderful day. Imagine entering into that bliss where all the woes of this life are behind us, where everything contrary to “the blessed state” will be history. Well, can this blissful state be realized by us to a greater degree even now? Not that we can be gathered together before Christ's return, but is complete satisfaction of life available right now? To whatever degree we find our perfection and fulfillment in Christ we have entered this blissful state.
God, our Father, has so much more to teach us than what we currently know. What I mean is, we might not need to acquire more knowledge, but instead, to come into a realization of the basic knowledge of Christ’s finished work of redemption. We might already have this information. But do we really realize what we have? Do you already feel like you have a grip of the gospel of Christ?... what the Apostle Paul declared as “the power of God”? Do you feel like you are tapping into God’s power day by day by the realization of His powerful gospel? Have these verses hit their peak in your life?
- “For I am not ashamed of the gospel: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” - Romans 1:16 (ASV)
- “And for this cause we also thank God without ceasing, that, when ye received from us the word of the message, [even the word] of God, ye accepted [it] not [as] the word of men, but, as it is in truth, the word of God, which also worketh in you that believe.” - 1Thessalonians 2:13 (ASV)
- “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” - Ephesians 3:20 (ASV)
Look at what our Father states is available!!! Are you completely satisfied with where your life with God is at? Do you know that He has much more available to you than what you are realizing? He always does! This remains constant. We will never outgrow seeing God bigger. Look at how much teaching we have had through the years. How much tighter with our Father are you? Then is our growing with God associated with how many teachings we have been to, or how long we’ve been “in the Word?” Have you ever thought, like I did, that there is something missing? Well, I had passed over the simplicity of the gospel of Christ for “what’s new” on the teaching front. I was missing the simplicity of Christ’s redemptive work.
It is worth our investment of time to ponder “in what” or “in whom” do we seek our perfection and fulfillment.
"The God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory", opens our eyes to truth in Christ as we look to Him to do so. In essence, this is the prayer of Ephesians Chapter 1:17-23:
- "17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all."