THE CHURCH IS THE FULLNESS OF CHRIST: Saturday, 23rd January 2021
By: Pastor Chris Oyakhilome PHD
And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the pre-eminence (Colossians 1:18).
Did you know that Jesus isn’t complete without us? And by “us,” I mean the Church. We’re inseparably united with Him (1 Corinthians 6:17). Ephesians 1:22-23 says He “…put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.” He’s the one who fills everything (Ephesians 4:10), yet His fullness is the Church, which is His body.
This should help you understand your importance and relevance to Christ. You’re “in Him,” and He’s “in you.” Through you, He expresses His love to the world, and establishes His Kingdom in the earth. You’re His extension in the earth, because you hail from Him and are connected to Him. He said in John 15:5, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” It’s the Father’s grand design for Him to need us just as we need Him: He’s our glory as we are His glory.
In John 17:19-21, Jesus prayed, “…that they also might be sanctified through the truth. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” This prayer of Jesus is fulfilled in us today; He’s made us one with divinity.
1 Corinthians 12:13 says, “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body….” Then, 1 Corinthians 6:17 declares, “…he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.” We’re literally mingled with the Spirit as one divine creation: “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:13). Blessed be God!
I belong in the family of Christ—the Church! And in Christ, I’m in health, wealth, splendour, prosperity and glory. The glory of God is seen and manifested through me to my world. My life is a continuous manifestation of Christ and the supernatural! Blessed be God!
1 Corinthians 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
1 John 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1-Year Bible Reading Plan= Matthew 15:29-16:1-12 & Exodus 3-5
2-Year Bible Reading Plan= Matthew 9:1-13 & Genesis 23