Eph. 1:23 – Which is His body, the fullness of Him Who fills all in all [for in that body lives the full measure of Him Who makes everything complete, and Who fills everything everywhere with Himself].
Can you imagine church without the fulness of God? It’s not very hard to imagine, most of us went to that church at some point in our lives. The great tragedy of that is that the church is intended to be the place where God dwells on earth. Without His fulness we become just another gathering of people, a sort of religious social club. In today’s verse Paul repeatedly uses the word pleroma. It means full to overflowing or in can also mean complete. I think in this case it means both, the church is intended to be overflowing with God’s glorious presence. This is what makes the church complete. Here is how Wuest describes pleroma.
“Thayer gives the following: “that which is or has been filled; used of a ship inasmuch as it is filled with sailors, rowers, and soldiers; the body of believers, as that which is filled with the presence, power, agency, riches of God and of Christ.” Alford says, “the meaning being, that the Church, being the Body of Christ, is dwelt in and filled with God: it is His plērōma (fulness) in an especial manner—His fulness abides in it and is exemplified by it.” Expositors comments: “The idea is that the Church is not only Christ’s body but that which is filled by Him, the whole plērōma or every plenitude of the Godhead, the very fulness of the Godhead, the totality of the divine powers and qualities…. Here the conception is that this plenitude of the divine powers and qualities which is in Christ is imparted by Him to His Church, so that the latter is pervaded by His presence, animated by His life, filled with His gifts and energies and graces.”
I love the church the Lord has called me to pastor. I first took on that challenge when I was twenty six years old (I am now seventy). It has been quite a life leading this church, I can’t imagine doing anything else with my life. I have seen the Lord do so many miracles over the years, so many lives powerfully effected by the grace of God. At the end of the day the thing I love the most about Victory Church is this, we have been experiencing this fulness, this pleroma since we began. This is why we exist as a church; all I can say is MORE LORD !!!