Believers already have the fullness of Christ because Christ is in us. He makes the perfect, complete fullness and power of the I AM available in practical ways. As long as we remain connected to the vine, abundant resurrection life will manifest to reveal the glory and power of God.
For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. (Colossians 2:9-10)
This is an incredibly powerful truth that we absolutely must grab hold of and never let go. The full measure of it is enormous – as vast and immeasurable as the I AM. It will take our lives and eternity to grasp it in its entirety, but we can begin to live in the power of it now. That is God’s purpose – that we live in the fullness of Christ. It’s a verse we should learn and imprint forever in our spirits. His love, grace, mercy, and complete nature are beautifully revealed in these words. They are the definition of life – not ordinary, natural life, but abundant life in Jesus. More than that, this verse captures the perfection and totality of the complete work of the cross. It defines the everything, in all things, for all which God has provided for His people in Jesus.
Understanding the fullness of Christ.
Godhead here refers to Father, Son, and Spirit. It is the completeness of the triune God, which includes every characteristic, attribute, and ability of God in His entirety. That’s the I AM. It covers who and what God is and what He is able, willing, and desires to do. Every description or statement of Himself and every promise He ever gave are included. It’s completely, perfectly God. This truth expands on the truth that Jesus manifested the Father in His bodily form. It reminds us that this is ongoing and didn’t end when Jesus ascended in spiritual form. The entirety of God is eternally present in Christ, who is now in us. What this means is that the supernatural God is in us and we are in Him through Christ. We are not only present with God but united with Him in worship and relationship.
Fullness defines measure and emphasises the truth of no lack. When something is full, there isn’t space for more. Anything that is full doesn’t need more. There are no gaps, oversights, missing pieces, or emptiness. Fullness is abundance which is defined by the fullness of Christ. We may fall short of the glory of God but He does not. He is perfectly perfect and completely complete, just like His finished work on the cross. Every human deficiency was exchanged for supernatural fullness at Calvary. Our every lack was exchanged for abundance when we accepted Christ. Fullness is sufficiency. It means enough and more than enough. More than that, it’s supernatural fullness which means it’s not dependent on natural supply. It’s the fullness of God Himself and so is limitless, measureless, constant, and eternal. Finally, His fullness also contains His own power to manifest itself because it’s utterly complete.
Our fullness in Christ.
This truth is transformational if we only grab hold of it. We are in Christ and He is in us. Everything natural – our lack or deficiency – is now in Christ. That means it was dealt with on the cross. It no longer exists, is no more, and has no spiritual relevance. At the same time, everything that is in Him is now in us. We already contain the fullness of Christ. These are both powerful spiritual realities obtained for us at the cross. We have them through exchange and identification. Exchange simply means what it intimates. Jesus exchanged our deficiency for His fullness. He took our ‘don’t have’ and replaced it with His abundance. Identification is the way we live in His fullness. He identified with us so that we can now identify with Him. We identify with His fullness and abundance so completely that it is our reality.
What this means in practical terms is that we are now complete in Him. All we ever need is already within us because He is in us. The fullness of Christ isn’t a vague ‘something’ we have to strive for. It has been in us since the moment we first accepted Christ. He is a ‘package’ deal. His fullness comes right along with His indwelling presence. The perfect abundance of everything we need that defines God is present within us, right here and right now. Whether we live in it or not is up to us. The degree to which we live in it is also up to us. The sad reality is that many believers haven’t yet grasped the full magnitude of this powerful truth. Not living in it doesn’t mean it’s not there. We’re already complete but haven’t yet learned to establish it and walk in it.
The fullness of Christ and His authority.
This is a very relevant truth that is included in the fullness of Christ. We need to remember His authority. His is the name above all names, to which every knee will bow and every tongue confess. He is King of kings and Lord of lords, and all principality and power is under Him. This, of course, refers to the powers and principalities of darkness. But it also refers to those in the world. Every government, rule, parliament, or established authority ultimately falls under the spiritual authority of Christ. And, just so we’re absolutely clear, it also includes self. Our fullness in Christ is no ordinary sufficiency. It’s a supernatural abundance which includes spiritual authority and power. Jesus doesn’t dwell in us as Son of Man, our ‘human’ friend and brother. He lives in us as the Son of God, the risen, resurrected Lord who has victory over all.
This puts a whole new perspective on the fullness of Christ. Supernatural power and authority cannot be separated from Him. They are part of who He is, attributes that help to define Him. Jesus doesn’t half ‘move in’ and leave some of Himself in heaven. He indwells us completely and perfectly. All of who He is – the complete fullness of the I AM – comes with Him. There are no half measures with God. He desires that all His abundance be established and manifested in our lives to reveal His power and glory. That’s why Christ came to earth and He’s still doing the same work in us. His power and authority are the means by which He achieves God’s purposes. They are of God, the same power and authority that commanded creation into being. Their work is to fulfil God’s will and purpose.
The practical outworking of the fullness of Christ.
We need to accept up front that we will have difficulties, trials, persecutions, or hard times. Jesus made it very clear that we should expect these. The fullness of Christ in us does not mean miraculous exclusion from reality. But what it does mean is that we have everything we need for abundant life already within us. Whether it’s work, food, faith, or victory, Christ in us has already provided. His is the power that outworks His fulness in our lives in practical ways. It’s done supernaturally because God is spirit. But Jesus brings the supernatural into the natural. His abundance will always impact our lives in practical ways. While we are called to live in the spirit – the fullness of Christ – we also have to live in the world. That means that any provision God makes must and will meet our needs across the board.
The fullness of Christ is perfect and complete. It is for body, soul, and spirit. All needs are covered. It isn’t some vague, warm and fuzzy spiritual ‘feel good’ that is no earthly good. God created us to live in the world and manifest His glory and power in the world. Yes, it is also manifests in the spiritual because the natural reflects what happens in the spirit realm. But our purpose is to reveal God to others – to breathing, earth-dwelling people just like us. He achieves this by manifesting the fullness of Christ in us. Anything He does has to have practical relevance and reality or those He wants to reach simply won’t get the message. God wants His Word to become flesh in us, just as Jesus became flesh to reveal the Father. Christ in us reveals the full, perfect nature of God.
Complete in the fullness of Christ.
This is a beautiful truth which is personal and powerful. It’s like ‘coming home’ to perfect peace. The fullness of Christ makes us complete. It restores us to the person God created before the world and everything in it distorted who we are. Complete means whole or fully restored. It covers what we have lost or what we never had. Fears, insufficiency, insecurity, and inferiority no longer exist. They are in Christ, forever overcome and completely removed. In their place is a joy and peace that comes from the knowledge of the perfect fullness of God in Christ. Jesus is our dwelling place, our source, our power, and our comfort. When we yield our lives to Him, we find them made complete in Him. He is the place of no lack. But we need to reach out and grasp this truth in every situation and learn to walk in it.
We do that by remaining grafted to the vine who is the source of abundant life and fruitfulness. Outside of Christ, we wither and die. In Him, His resurrection life and power flow through us. To be complete in the fullness of Christ we must remain connected to it always.
We are awed and humbled, Lord, when we begin to understand the limitless measure of the fullness of Christ. Thank You for the love and grace that makes it possible for us to live in abundance in every area of our lives. Help us to remain in Jesus and to yield to Your purposes. Use our lives to reveal Your power and glory to the world and so continue Christ’s work on earth.