OF HIS FULLNESS – JOHN 1:16,
BY: LINDA KEITH
HOW DO WE USE HIS FULLNESS
HOW DO WE USE HIS FULLNESS?
FEBRUARY 22, 2007
There seems to be much buzz going on about the book and movie, “The Secret”. Christians and all are all excited about this “Secret”. Now, according to the ads about this, this “Secret” is supposed to have just come to light, from the ancients. This, “Secret” is supposed to work wonders for anyone who uses it. It will bring wealth, love, the good life, and the works. People are buying the book and the CD like crazy. They want this power that this “Secret” holds. This shows the sad state that Christians are in today. It is as though this book, this “Secret”, is the door to everything. It seems that people are more dependant on this book and it’s instructions, than they are in what we already have. Time will be spent on reading this book and re-reading it, but how much time is spent on our face, before HIM?
It seems to me, that Jesus said, “I am the door.” “I am the way.” “I am the truth.”
Let’s take a look at the SECRET that is MORE than any book, any other secret could benefit you and it IS PERMENANT!!
MT. 13:33-35, “Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.”
Romans 16:25, “Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, BUT IS NOT MADE MANIFEST and by scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, MADE KNOWN TO ALL NATIONS for the obedience of faith.”
1Cor. 2:6-7, 10-12, “Howbeit, we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought; but we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the HIDDEN WISDOM, which God ordained before the unto our glory.” ” But, GOD HATH REVEALED THEM UNTO US BY HIS SPIRIT; for the Spirit REVEALETH ALL THINGS, YEA, THE DEEP THINGS OF GOD.” for what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. NOW WE HAVE RECEIVED NOT THE SPIRIT OF THE WORLD, BUT THE SPIRIT WHICH IS OF GOD, that WE MIGHT KNOW THE THINGS THAT ARE FREELY GIVEN TO US OF GOD.”
Col. 1:25-26, “Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which IS GIVEN TO ME FOR YOU , to fulfill the word of God; even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, BUT NOW IS MADE MANIFEST TO HIS SAINTS;”
Eph. 3:8-9, “Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; AND TO MAKE ALL MEN SEE WHAT IS THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE MYSTERY, WHICH FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD HATH BEEN HIS IN GOD, who created all things by Jesus Christ.”
Now, did you notice the SECRET of God? And did you notice in each verse that the SECRET is to be shown to EVERY ONE OF US? Think on this, IF we took as much time as it takes to read all these books, and went BEFORE GOD, and spent that time, don’t you think He would show us the SECRET? I want to show you a SECRET that apparently, many are not aware of.
Today, I want to talk about John 1:16 and I want you to see a Secret that it seems people have forgotten, or, don’t spend enough time thinking on, meditating on, digesting, and bringing forth.
“And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.”
Read that slowly. WE, you and me, HAVE RECEIVED, not will receive, but HAVE RECEIVED HIS FULLNESS!!! IF we have received His FULLNESS, then the SECRET IS WITHIN US!! Think on this. WE HAVE THE SECRET! We don’t have to go out and buy books, watch CDs, or movies or even ask anyone. ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS SEEK WITHIN OURSELVES FOR THE SECRET!!
Let’s take a really close look at this scripture and GET IT WITHIN OUR THINKING. And THEN ACT ON IT.
As you know, this word “OF” means OUT FROM WITHIN. “AND OUT FROM WITHIN HIS FULLNESS HAVE WE ALL RECEIVED.”
Now, let’s look at the word “FULLNESS”. There are two numbers when searching out the meaning. #4138 and #4137.
#4138= the Greek word, pleroma, pronounced as PLAY-RO-MAH: repletion or completion, i.e. (subj) what fills (as contents, supplements, copiousness, multitude), or (obj), what is filled (as container, performance, period); what is put in to fill up, piece that filled up, fulfilling, full, fullness.
#4137= the Greek word, pleroo, pronounced as PLAY-RO-O: to make replete , i.e. (literally) to cram, level up, (figuratively) to furnish, satisfy, execute (an office), FINISH (a period or task), verify, (or coincide with a prediction); accomplish, (be) complete, end, expire, fill (up), fulfill, (be made) full, fully preach, perfect, supply.
Now I think from these definitions we can see HE HAS GIVEN US ALL THAT HE IS AND ALL THAT HE HAS!! The question is; do we believe it? IS IT WORTH TAKING THE TIME TO SEEK HIM OUT? OR had we rather have SOMEONE give us some ADVICE ON HOW TO GET??
To assure you that these scriptures are not taken out of context, let’s run some references.
COL.2:9, “For in him dwelleth all the fullness OF THE GODHEAD BODILY, AND YOU ARE COMPLETE IN HIM….”
Look back at those definitions. COMPLETE. WE ARE CRAMMED FULL WITH WHAT FILLS!! That is HIM!! What is put in to fill up; that is HIM!! And WE ARE WHAT IS FILLED!! WE ARE FILLED WITH HIS FULLNESS! Accept it or reject it, it is up to you. Would you not rather have HIS FULLNESS to operate in you, than what some man has written? Are we too weak, too lazy to SPEND TIME ALONE WITH HIM, or would we rather spend our money on promises of man. Do promises of man happen? Sure they do. BUT THEY DON”T LAST!! THEY ARE TEMPORAL!
THIS IS HIS LIFE that we are living or rather He is living in us. NOTHING about Him is temporal. HIS LIFE is not to GET, it is to GIVE OUT HIMSELF TO OTHERS. There is a big difference.
We know that all that has been said is true. HOW do we have this truth manifested through us? I know that many teach that we have no part in the plan that has been laid for us. I disagree. BY KNOWING OUR TRUE IDENTITY is HIM. WE ARE IN HIM. Actually, We are what some call THE HIGHER SELF. IF we are COMPLETE in Him, that means the SECRETS hidden from the foundation of the world, is in us.
FEBRUARY 24, 2007
The natural mind is a cunning piece of work. The natural mind can take things that say something, but when really looked into, can mean the exact opposite of what we think it is saying. I was “saved” in a physic church, and believe me, it appeared very “religious” and very powerful. OUR taking dominion was a regular teaching. I mean, after all, the bible does tell us that God said for the “man” to take dominion of all the things that He had created, didn’t it? Of course it does. But, there is a BUT. WHO did God tell to take dominion? The human man or woman? The religious man or woman? The rich people? The poor people? This thing about the “Secret”, is saying WE are to take dominion also.
We sometimes mix up the physic person that we are told that we are, with the “person” that God was talking to at creation. That “man” that God was talking to was One who KNEW that he was the image of that One who brought him forth, out from within Himself. This One had the same thoughts as God. This One knew the Truth of Who he was. This One saw as God saw. Felt as God felt. Actually, this One was a personal expression of God. This One was as much God, as God was God. This One was an Eloheim. (which means, PLURAL God, not gods, but God).
I have been looking at emails that I have been receiving regarding, The Secret. In 9 out of 10 of them I have noticed the same words that are being used. “prosperity”, “having the future the way you want it”, “you learn to control your future”, “our own thoughts”, “our mind working the power”, “getting, receiving, wanting, demanding”, etc, etc.
It sounds very good to think that OUR thoughts should control our future. It sounds very good to think that we can CHANGE another person or cause them to lose some “traits, beliefs, and acts” that WE think should be changed. Oh yes, it all sounds very good. I mean, who doesn’t want to be rich? Who doesn’t want to have people as WE want them to be. Who doesn’t want to direct people’s life to the God we serve? Who doesn’t want to “control” our own lives? Who doesn’t want OUR expectations to manifest? Well, I will tell you who DOES want these things; MAN, THE EGO, THE FLESH!!
Most people who are so caught up with The Secret, don’t even realize WHAT they are and WHO they are, and yet, they want to rule the world! Ask 20 Christians if they know that they are not that flesh person that is seen with the natural eyes, and they will tell you that you are crazy. Most don’t realize that the life they are living IS NOT EVEN THEIR LIFE!! And THEY want to control that life. THEY want to call into being what THEY WANT. Most are WAITING to RECEIVE the Mind of Christ. And yet, they think that they are capable of KNOWING what they SHOULD want. Most think that they HAVE to see physical death. So, the mind that they are thinking out of is missing some Truths. Most are not aware that TODAY, RIGHT NOW, they are the visible God walking the earth. They aren’t aware that it is HIM Who made us One with Him. Most don’t realize that they have NEVER been separated from God. Most are still waiting to go to heaven, just to meet Him. Most don’t realize that as He is, so are they, IN THIS WORLD. And yet, THEY WANT TO BE IN CONTROL OF THEIR LIFE, AND OTHERS WHO THEY THINK NEEDS CHANGING.
They don’t even realize that it is the Spirit that tells us what to call into being, AND NOT JUST FOR OURSELVES, but MOSTLY FOR OTHERS.
Gen. 1:26-27, “And God said, Let US make man in OUR IMAGE, after OUR likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth and every creeeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the IMAGE OF GOD created he him; male and female created he them.”
John 4:24, “GOD IS A SPIRIT and they that worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Gen.9:6, “Whoso sheddeth MAN’S blood, by MAN shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God made he man.”
2 Cor. 3:18, “But we all with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image, by the Spirit of the Lord.”
1 Cor. 6:20, “For ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify God IN YOUR BODY, and IN YOUR SPIRIT, WHICH ARE GOD’S”
1 John 4:17, “Herein is love with us made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.”
Acts 17:28, “For IN HIM we live, and move, and HAVE OUR BEING; as certain also of your own poets have said, for we ARE also his offspring. (HIS KIND)“
Now, with the Secret, millions of people who do not know and realize the above words are wanting to CONTROL not only “their” lives, but others’ lives. Oh yes, it will work, but the working IS NOT OF THEIR OWN POWER, BUT THE FULLNESS OF HIM IN THEM, then they get up on TV and boast about what all THEY have done; giving NOT the glory to God.
IF your body is HIS; IF your Spirit is HIS; and IF your mind is HIS, then WHO ARE YOU? You are SO ONE IN HIM, that ONLY HE is seen, even if you don’t realize it YET. And IF you don’t know WHO you are, then you are not the ONE HE GAVE DOMINION TO, OR maybe I should say, to COME FORTH THROUGH! Why? Because you don’t know HOW or WHEN or WHAT to take dominion of. When WE start thinking that WE can change people, that is physic and mind control. And WE don’t know what has been predestined for anyone to go through to come to their awakening of Who they are.
Now, the Secret says we are to use OUR mind to do all this stuff. But what does HE say about this?
1 Cor.2:16, “For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may INSTRUCT HIM? BUT we have the mind of Christ.”
Rom. 12:2, “And be NOT CONFORMED to this world: but be YE transformed by the RENEWING OF YOUR MIND, that YE may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, WILL OF (out from within) GOD.”
This doesn’t say that WE are to change others, this says YOU renew YOUR mind, not your neighbor’s. And ONLY WITH HIS MIND can YOU prove what is good, acceptable and perfect WILL OF GOD. The first scripture let’s us know that with this mind, the mind that operates in those who don’t know Who they are, CANNOT INSTRUCT HIM, let alone the lives of other people. Which includes themselves. It is not the natural mind that is to WILL or to even DO.
Philippians 2:13, “For it is GOD WHICH WORKETH IN YOU BOTH TO WILL AND TO DO OF HIS GOOD PLEASURE.”
Folks, I am not condemning. I am trying to awaken some to how subtle things that are coming out, can be. We are in the day when MUCH will come forth looking and sounding really good. And MUCH of it will lead some to take the glory that is deservedly HIS. I know when I heard of this movie, and this book, I ran right out and bought one. I wanted to see that movie in the worse way. But, then, I had within me, “be careful about what you THINK sounds good.” The first thing that I thought of was the “intent” that first came to me (I am not speaking for anyone else), was “Boy, could I use money to pay off this $900 phone bill; I could sure use money to go to Kenya to minister; I could sure use, this, this, this and this”. The intentions of the natural mind. This is when I went before the Throne. This is when I started hearing.
I ask that you allow the Spirit to do the speaking to you about this.
It is understandable for a child to be afraid of the dark; but, why would an adult be afraid of the LIGHT?
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