The other day someone said to me, “I need more of Jesus.”
That comment started me thinking about the word fullness.
“For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him.” [Colossians 1:19]
“For the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily in Christ” [Colossians 2:9]
“Pleroma” is the Greek word translated as “fullness” in those passages. It means to fill up to completion, an abundance.
All of God’s fullness dwells in Christ Jesus. All of it. There are no gaps, no insufficiencies, no inadequacies. Nothing has been left out nor withheld.
That has profound meaning for us because Paul goes on to explain that now Christ Jesus who has all the fullness of God lives in us.
“God wanted to make known among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” [Colossians 1:27]
“Christ in you ….” That is a most profound and mysterious truth. We have the fullness of Christ in us through the Indwelling Spirit given to us at salvation. We do not just get a little piece of Jesus and “earn more” as we learn to follow Him as His disciples.
We do not need more of Jesus. What we need is to develop a greater awareness of His presence in us and become more obedient to His will and His ways.