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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Called Unto Holiness # 14

Fullness of Christ (continued)

Has Such Fullness Been Provided for Me?

Oneness in Christ made it ours.

"For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and in him ye are made full" (Col. 2:9-10).

"In him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily." We all believe that, do we not? But we cannot stop there. It goes on to say, "And ... ye are made full in him." Our position in Christ makes us potential partakers of the fullness of Christ. We "are made full" it says, not we "will" be. The moment we become a part of the Body of Christ, the fountain of fullness in Him is opened to us. The fullness has been provided for every Christian.

Is Such Fullness Possible for Me?

Out theme today is "The Fullness of Christ Through Personal Sanctification." Can the fullness provided by made personal? Is it possible for me? Let the Lord Jesus give us the answer.

"But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of  water springing up into everlasting life" (John 4:14).

"Water." In Scripture water is the type of the Spirit as Christ Himself interprets it in Jon 7:38-39). Christ is never called the water of life, but He gives this water to those who thirst and drink. Christ gives the Holy Spirit to the Christian. He is promising her the gift of the Holy Spirit.

"In him a well." This is the Holy Spirit indwelling which Christ promised the disciples.

"Springing up." The water is leaping up in an exhaustless, irrepressible way; springing up and overflowing. Is not this fullness?

"Whosoever." Did you get that word? It is big enough to include you if you want to be inside. Whenever I find a "whosoever" of promise from the lips of my Lord, I want to be inside as quickly as possible. Do you want to be inside this "whosoever"? You may be if you will. To whom were these words spoken? To the most respectable, cultured, educated, moral woman in that Samaritan city? The exact opposite. Perhaps to the most wicked woman there. Think of that! If you and I had been talking to that poor sinful woman we would have said to her, "You must be born again." And to Nicodemus, ruler of the Jews, the cultured, gifted, gentleman, we would have spoken of the living water. But not so with Jesus. He went no further in the conversation with Nicodemus than exhortation to be born again, while to the wicked woman He offered the gift of the fullness of the Spirit. It is for you, whoever you are, and for me, is it not, if we want it?

"Shall never thirst." Do you believe it? You know when Jesus says "never" he means "never." When you and I say "never" we usually mean "sometimes". But when Jesus said "never thirst" He meant "never thirst." And what do the words mean? Perfect inward heart satisfaction. Do you have it? Do you know many people who do? How many people do you see whose faces seem to show that their hearts are satisfied? My friends, if every one of us reading this today had such a face, a revival would start immediately. It would indicate a quiet, peaceful, restful heart. And people would breaking how we got it.

~Ruth Paxson~

(continued with # 15)

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