And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. - Ephesians 1:21-23
. . . a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all. - Colossians 3:11
The Ephesians 1 verse above completes a prayer by Paul for the church. These two verses are packed with a very important message for all of us. Paul says that God put all things under Jesus’s feet. These are the same things that we originally had and lost responsibility for in the fall of the Garden. Jesus bought it all back at the cross.
Then God gave Jesus to the church which is His body—so that everything (including us) would be filled with Him, all in all. What does that mean exactly? It means to yield to Jesus your everything, to recognize Him as Lord of all in your life, since He is Lord of everything anyway.
“But, Greg, you don’t understand my circumstances. I’m not a good person. I’ve done bad things. I can’t come back. I’ve backslidden. I don’t deserve all that goodness.” No, you don’t. No one does. Be filled anyway.
There are no conditions made on any of this. Colossians 3:11 above says that Greek or Jew, barbarian, slave, freeman, black, white, killer, priest are all human, all bought with a price. All can be transformed.
So can you be changed—all of you. The question is not what is keeping Jesus from you, but what is keeping you from Jesus? If you are a Christian, be filled in the areas you have hidden from Him. He said, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you. I appointed you. . . .” (John 15:16). Fulfill your appointment. If you do not know Jesus as your personal Savior, acknowledge His gift to you, be transformed by the renewing of your mind, and be filled, all in all.
Glen Arbor Community Church
West Chicago, Illinois
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