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Daily Bread - January 12, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 12 January 2018 08:34
Ephesians 1:23 - Who is His body, the fullness of Him that fills all in all.

The mystery of how the Church is the Body of Christ is revealed in part in
Ephesians 5:31-32. Because the Church has been joined unto the Lord even as
a man is joined unto his wife, the Church is one flesh with Jesus even as a
man is with his wife - bone of bone and flesh of flesh (Genesis 2:23).

The Church is able to be the fullness of the Lord Jesus Christ because of
the fullness of the Holy Spirit that has been given. The Greek word
'pleroma' designates something that is filled up and overflowing. This same
word is used in John 1:16 which declares of all the saints, "And of His
fullness have all we received..." It is also used of the believer in
Ephesians 3:19, "...that you may be filled with all of the fullness of
God"; and again in Ephesians 4:13, "come to the measure of the stature of
the fullness of Christ." All fullness dwells in Christ, and Christ dwells
in us (Colossians 1:19; 1 John 4:4, 3:24; John 14:23). Those who would
relegate the function of the Holy Spirit and the measure that was given to
the Apostles solely to the First Century Church have no basis for doing so.
In fact, Scriptures such as these emphasize that the same revelation and
measure of the Spirit is available to everyone for all time (John 14:16,
16:13-15; Colossians 1:26; Galatians 3:14; Luke 11:13; Acts 2:39, 11:15-16,
15:8-9).

Thank God for His Church!
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