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THE FULLNESS OF CHRIST
To know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Eph. 3:19.
The Christian faith destroys no natural relationships, denies no human obligations, makes void no moral or spiritual laws. It elevates all of these into a new sphere-"in Christ." "Of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace" (John 1:16).
Christ, in taking us up into Himself, takes all that belongs to us except sin. He sanctifies all. Christ never touches any part of our lives without transforming it. He recreates us "in righteousness and true holiness" (Eph. 4:24). Christ and His righteousness never part company. It is impossible for us to be in Christ without our being made like unto Him.
Sometimes we buy a house but do not live in it. We rent it out. Usually, however, we buy a house to live in. Now Christ has bought this temple of ours with the cost of His sacrifice. His plan is to dwell in it, not to have others occupy it. Christ promised He would dwell in us through the Holy Spirit. The more we are filled with Christ, the more we belong to Him and the more we acknowledge His ownership.
One of the great problems we face is that while we acknowledge that He has redeemed us, we live much of the time as if we owned ourselves. We go off on our own to do "our own thing." But there can be no separation from our Lord without Satan's moving in to take over. Failure to let Christ own us completely is responsible for most spiritual problems and lapses into sin. If Christ is not master at any point He is not master at all. If He is not the master of our pleasures He is not the master of us. If He is not the master of our money He is not the master of our life. God does not want all our time, money, or pleasures; but we must acknowledge Him to be the master over all.
Daily we are to open our hearts and minds fully to the Holy Spirit. Christ must truly possess us. We are possessed either by Christ or by Satan. We never get to the place where we can go it alone.
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