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September 19th, 2009

God’s Initiative

“For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” Col 1:19-20 (NIV)

God was pleased! His unconditional love prompted His pursuit of rescuing us from our depravity. Having all His fullness dwell in Jesus brought God pleasure. God built the ultimate love bridge by becoming like us in Christ. The incarnation is a declaration of the fantastic love of God that transcends our understanding and benefits our forever.

Through Christ, God reconciled us. In our sin, we were separated and alienated from Holy God. Only the depth of God’s love could bridge the gulf of our indifference. We were hopeless, helpless, and hell bound. But God acted in history to revolutionize our eternal destiny. God decided what to do for us long before we could do anything with God or for God!

How did God accomplish the reconciliation and restoration of fallen humanity? God provided the ultimate sacrifice to remove our utter sin. Jesus made peace with God on our behalf through shedding His blood on the cross. Jesus did for us that which we could not do for ourselves. We were not qualified to pay the penalty of our own sin. We were not fit to receive the full wrath of God for sin. The iniquity of us all was laid on Jesus (Is. 53:6).

Have you responded to the pleasure of God in Christ? Have you received the wonderful gift of eternal life, which God was pleased to provide to you in Christ? God became like you in Christ, so that you could become like Him in Christ. What is your current reality? You have been reconciled by God and for God. Now invest your life in sharing the message of reconciliation and extending the ministry of reconciliation.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Saturday, September 19th, 2009 at 1:00 am
Category Fullness, Incarnation, Reconciliation.
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July 8th, 2007

Fullness

How much of Christ did you receive on your day of salvation? Did you only get a part of Him and then at a later date receive a little bit more of Him? Or, did you receive all of Him?

When you placed your faith in the completed work of Jesus on the cross, you received all of Him. Instantly, upon your profession of faith in Jesus you received the fullness of Christ. 

  • “And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” Eph 1:22-23 (NIV)
  • “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” Col 1:19-20 (NIV)
  • “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.” Col 2:9-10 (NIV)

The question is not, “Did you get all of Him?” The question is, “Did He get all of you?” At salvation, you get all of Christ. In sanctification, He gets more and more of you. You must daily surrender your life to His Lordship in order to give Him all of you. You have all of Him. You are full of Christ. That’s right! You have been given the fullness of Christ!

How will you express the fullness of Christ today? Will it be evident to others that you are full of Him?

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Pastor of Leadership and Pastoral Care 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Sunday, July 8th, 2007 at 2:00 am
Category Fullness.
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