Pristine Grace

The Fullness of Christ
by Jim Byrd

     “And of His fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:16-17). The word “fulness” presents the idea of that to which nothing else can be added. Christ is the perfect Savior; He possesses all things gracious and good and nothing more can be added to Him; He lacks nothing. Paul was led of the Holy Spirit to use this same word with regard to the Savior. “For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell” (Colossians 1:19). “For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9). “Which is His body, the fulness of Him that filleth all in all” (Ephesians 1:23).  “And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God” (Ephesians 3:19). “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13).

     Beyond question, there is a fulness of all GOOD and all GRACE in the Lord Jesus Christ. There is in Him the fulness of ABSOLUTE DEITY for “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). There is in Him the fulness of PERFECT MANHOOD for “the Word was made flesh and dwelt [tabernacled] among us (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). There is in Him the fulness of DIVINE LOVE for “having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end” (John 13:1). There is in Him the fulness of REDEEMING GRACE for “the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). There is in Him the fulness of RIGHTEOUSNESS, for “this is His name whereby He shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS” (Jeremiah 23:6). There is in Him the fulness of MEDIATION seeing “He ever liveth to make intercession for us” (Hebrews 7:25). There is Him the fullness of LIFE for all His people as He said to His followers, “Because I live, ye shall live also” (John 14:19).