What is the Measure of the Stature of the Fullness of Christ?
Ephesians 4:11-14 says, “And he gave some, apostles; some prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors, and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the deifying of the body of Christ: (13) 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 fullness of Christ; (14) That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;”
We will discuss the knowledge of the Son of God unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
What is the measure of the Stature of the Fullness of Christ? In summary it is covered at Colossians 2:9-10, “For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.”
Let us review some of the scriptures that support this conclusion.
1 John 1:1-4 says, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not, And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: (2) And he is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (3) And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. (4) He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth in not in him.”
John 1:1-2 says, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.
John 1:14 says, And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
1 John 5:7 says, "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one."
Isaiah 44:6 says, "Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God."
Please note there is a conjunction between “King of Israel” and “his redeemer the Lord of hosts.” Some bibles have removed the conjunction "and." One learned individual explained to me, "God does not need a redeemer, when you interpret this textually it is speaking about Israel's redeemer." He said that he had been studying the word of God 31 years - it was apparent that he thought very highly of himself and did not want to hear anything else about this matter. But, I knew that according to scriptures that God is the Redeemer, yet he sent the redeemer and God made a covenant with the redeemer. Let examine several scriptures.
Isaiah 59:20-21 says, "And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD. As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; my spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever."
Did God make a covenant with the Redeemer? Let us see what the Redeemer says.
Isaiah 48:16-17 says, “Come ye near unto me hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord God, and his spirit, hath sent me. Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go."
Please note the scripture says, “...the Lord God, and his spirit, hath sent me." There are three that bear record in heaven the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost and these three are one. Here we can see that God and his spirit (the Holy Ghost) sent the Word. We know that the Word was sent into a woman, name Mary.
Let us take a closer look at what God did before God and his spirit sent the Word, the Redeemer. Isaiah 59:15 says, "Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment. And he saw there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arms brought salvation unto him, and his righteousness, it sustained him. For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak." This explains what the LORD did; Now let us see how the Redeemer described what happened.
Isaiah 61:10 says, "I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels." The Redeemer, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, explains how God has dressed Him and the Bride, the Church.
Here we can see how in Isaiah 59:17 that God arms brought salvation unto him and put on righteousness as a breastplate. However, our Lord and Saviour Jesus says, God had clothed him with the garments of salvation and covered him with the robe of righteousness.
Now let us look at Isaiah 44:6 again. Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts: I am the first, and the last, and besides me there is no God." Here we can see "BOTH" the Father and the SON, the Redeemer, the Saviour. God said in Isaiah 43; 11, "I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour. There is only one Saviour, that saviour is God. To receive this truth, we must understand that "Within Jesus Christ dwelleth the fullness of the Godhead bodily; ye are complete in him." (Colossians 2:9-10)
In John 6:62 Jesus says, "What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life." Jesus made it clear it was not about his fleshly body, but the Spirit that was within him.
Listen carefully, while the Word was in a fleshly body and dwelled here on earth, the Father came into His temple and dwelled therein. At John 14:17 Jesus says, "Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he does the works." God is the Saviour and God is the Redeemer.
John 16:23-27 says, "And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs, but I shall show you plainly of the Father. At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and believed that I came out from God."
We must understand that the Father is Spirit and His Word is Spirit. According to the Word - the Father did the work. It is imperative to believe that to be so. At John 14:23 Jesus says, "If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." Scriptures support that God the Father came and made his abode within Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. God is the Saviour and God is the Redeemer. However, God made a covenant with the Word. According to the Word of God, God and His Spirit sent the Word into a woman named Mary. Mary had a son, he was named JESUS. Isaiah 9:6 says, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, the everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Please note at the time this was revealed to Isaiah, His name was not known. Now we know the name is JESUS. Therefore, it says, The name JESUS will be called Wonderful. The name JESUS will be called Counsellor. The name JESUS will be called mighty God. The name JESUS will be called Everlasting Father. The name JESUS will be called "The Prince of Peace." We must understand this to be so.
We must understand the importance of the name of JESUS, and then we can understand who JESUS is. John 3:17 says, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” Please note in some bibles the word “begotten” has been removed in John 3:16 and John 3:17.
In John 17:26, Jesus says, "And I have declared unto them thy name, and I will declare it; til that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them." Jesus declared the name of the Father, however many do not understand that to be so.
According to John 17:1-2, God gave the Son power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many the Father had given him. Jesus explains eternal life as follows: John 17:3, “And his is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God; and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.”
Jesus asked the Father to glorify him with himself. Listen. John 17:5 says, “And now, O Father, glorify thou me, with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.” Jesus Christ, the son of man, was begotten by the Father, however, before the world was, was the Word.
At John 12:23 Jesus says, “The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.”
At John 17:6, Jesus says to the Father, “I have manifest thy name unto men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they kept thy word.”
In John 12:28, Jesus says, "Father, glorify thy name." Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. Please not the word both - In some bibles the word “both” has been removed. Why was the word “both” removed? It does not make any sense to be there from a textually perspective. However, when you take another look at Isaiah 44:6, it makes sense - Moreover, it also explain that is an error to remove the conjunction in Isaiah 44:6. The name Jesus was glorified for both – the Father and the Son. Listen this is the fulfillment of the prophecy as recorded in Isaiah 63:14-16. God made himself a glorious name (Isaiah 63:14) and this glorious name is for Our LORD who is the Father and the Redeemer; this name is from everlasting. (Isaiah 63:16)
A name from everlasting until when – until it was declared by Jesus and then glorified by the Father. Jesus said in John 16:13-14, “…Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. (14) Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: …” John 16:25 says, “These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs, but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall show you plainly of the Father. (26) At that day ye shall ask in my name…” Please note. Nothing was asked in the name of Jesus until Jesus showed them plainly of the Father. Jesus came in the name of the Father – Jesus declared the Father name – The Father glorified the Name for both. Yet the Father and the Son are one. Praise God.
Now who is JESUS? Jesus said that the Father and he are one. However, the Father is greater than He. Jesus came in the name of Father. Moreover, Jesus came from the Father and Jesus went back to the Father. On earth, Jesus glorified the Father and declared the name of Father. The Father came and dwell within the His Temple, Jesus Christ said that the Father did work. Nevertheless, the Father was in heaven and on earth at the same time. According to the word, the Word of God was in heaven in on earth at the same time; according to John 3:13, it says, "And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven." The Father is Spirit and The Word is Spirit. Can we not believe that God was with us on earth?
Matthew 1:23 says, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted God with us." Is it wrong for Christians to believe this to be true? 1 Timothy 3:16 says, "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory." Act 20:28 says, God purchased the church with His own blood. Jesus said that he was bread from heaven – we are not to eat of his fleshly body, however the Spiritual Body, his word. Jesus was the image of the invisible God, surely when you seen Jesus, you have seen the Father because within Jesus dwelled the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
At Matthew 28:18 Jesus says, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” All power given to JESUS! Now listen. 1 Corinthians 15:25-28 says, “For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. (26) The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. (27) For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all. This explains Zechariah 14:9, it says, “And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD and his name one.”
In summary – All power in Heaven in earth given to the Son – except for power over the Father who gave the power to the Son. Then the Son subject himself unto the Father – So God may be all in all. One LORD and One Name! At Matthew 28:19 after all power had been given unto Him, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and the Holy Ghost:” This helps to explain Acts 2:38, when Peter said unto them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” The name is JESUS.
What is the Measure of the Stature of the Fullness of Christ? Colossians 2:8-10 says, Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.”
After Jesus (The Word) ascension to heaven, where He was before where did he go? Please note the flesh did not ascend to heaven - the flesh profiteth nothing. According to Revelation 22:1-3, there is on one throne in heaven, the throne of God and of the Lamb.
Praise God if you have read this lengthy discussion. However, if you are reading this now, I ask that you will personally encourage others to read it. Your personal encouragement is essential to ensure that God’s people understand and participate in this important discussion.
Prophet Elmore Richmond Jr.