So it pleased the Father that in Jesus should all fulness dwell: Colossians 1:18-19, “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;” however, we do not see the greater meaning of what the Father is doing until a little later in scripture. If we were to just read Colossians 1:19, and call it a day, we could end the day thinking that the Father was only authorizing all fulness to dwell in Jesus, the head of the body, the Church. It would not be wrong to think that way if all of this was only about Jesus. However, Jesus did not come to earth for himself, but he did come to save our souls; and to make sure that we have life, and that we have life more abundantly. Yeah, it was not Jesus in need of the fulness of God, for Jesus had been God every since in the beginning as the Word, way before he was made flesh: John 1:1-2, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” 2 The same was in the beginning with God.” Therefore, when we look at why the Father was pleased, the Father was specific in this matter; and we can see the greater meaning as far as we are concerned. We already know that the Father was not only pleased with Jesus, but we know that the Father has voiced how he was well pleased with his Son. Matthew 3:17, “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” So the Father was just pleased with Jesus no matter the subject matter: only begotten son, fullness of God, or the glory they had together before the world was. It is just all well pleasing with the Father when it comes to Jesus, no matter what. The Relationships See You Coming.
The thing that we have to remember is the why: for why is it that it pleased the Father that in him (Jesus) should all fulness dwell? We tend to believe that it was completely because of Jesus having been given all fulness. This is not any thing new for this great tag team: they have been doing this since for ever with Jesus having all fulness. We only need to refresh our memory as we read John 1:1-3, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. ” We can see hear in the beginning where the Word was all fulness, and the Word with this all fulness was with God, and that this Word with the all fulness was God. And because this Word was the all fulness of God, all things were made by him; and without the all fulness of him was not any thing made that was made. In Colossians 1:19, “For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell,” this would not be Jesus’ first rodeo concerning this matter. I can understand a Father being all excited about his Son doing great things; however, if the Son has been doing these things since forever in word form, there has to be something else pleasing the Father than just the Son doing the same things in bodily form, right? Hey, besides, after Jesus had finished up his “at the cross” work in bodily form, he was like, I’ve been here (fulness of God), done that (fulness of God); now, Father can we get back to all that glory pleasing we had back in the day, before you needed me to come take care of that family business down there on earth. Listen to what Jesus said to his Father, after he ascended to him with another glorious victory: John 17:5, “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.” Take me back, take me back dear Father, to the place of glory which I had with thee before the world was, take me back. lol. The Relationships See You Coming.
So what is it then that also pleased the Father that in him (Jesus) should all fulness dwell? Well, Jesus may have been there, and done the fulness thing before with the Father, even unto before the world was; however, there is another group now involved for the very first time in this operation having life in him (Jesus) in whom all fulness dwell. Let’s quickly look at where this operation of having all fulness dwell in him (Jesus) actually derived; and we will be able to see the reason for having all fulness dwell in him (Jesus), please the Father the way it pleased him. If there was only one scripture out of all of the scriptures in which I could use to make this all so clear, it would be this one scripture right here: John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Yes, this is the one, the one scripture in which the Father made it to full knowing, and concluded. If this had been you and I, we would have made it to full faith, and humbled our selves to let go and let God. However, since Father is all knowing, he can know that all has been done, and then conclude. So what did he conclude? Have you ever done all that you can do in your power, and gone above and beyond the call of duty to help someone avoid a very bad ending? And as you were doing all you could do, nothing seem to work out with this person; and you had to let go, let God, and wait for God to bring the answer that only God knows will work? Well, that is what the Father concluded. The Relationships See You Coming.
The buck stops with the Father, so unlike with you and I when we get to full faith, he has to conclude. You and I can let go, and let God bring what is needed from wherever just by staying in hope and belief until he returns what we need through his massive all knowing network. The problem for Father is that he in charge of the all knowing network; therefore, he doesn’t get to full faith as we do where he can hope for more, for he can only get to full knowing where he must conclude. It does him no good to hope once hope has been exhausted; and that brings us to John 3:16 to where we can see that all knowing has been exhausted. Again, John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Remember the question I asked to you earlier: if you had ever done all you could do for someone, and you end up having to let go, let God, and wait? Well, this is where God is with the world. God did not just love the world, but according to scripture, God so loved the world. What does that mean? It means that God tried all that he knew to give us life, and free us from sin: starting from the garden of Eden with no sin, to the flood to wash evil away, to the promised land, his presence in the Tabernacle, the law to live by with the sacrifices, and much much more. This list is not in order, but God gave man Prophets, Kings, Judges, Patriarchs, and on and on did the knowing of God produce. God was showing his love to man to a degree that could not be matched, and that is why man operates by faith: because we just don’t know without the all knowing God. Now why would God know from jump that there is but one answer to give us eternal life, but still go through all that he knows in his all knowing to love us? Well, the bible tells me that God is love, and you can flip any page and find a love scripture. This is what love does: it does all it can until there is nothing left to do. The all knowing God gave Abraham a chance to do before he would say now I know: Genesis 22:12, “And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.” The Relationships See You Coming.
So God had loved man with all that he knew to give man life, and it did not work. Now after all of this doing for man, the time had come for John 3:16: for loving man just did not work, and the Father had to go ahead and “so love” man by giving up his only begotten Son. And God is not just given up his Son, but God is also planning to make things work for man on the other side of his Son’s death as he continues to show his love for man. This plan will allow us to see the beginnings of why the Father is so pleased with his Son having in him all fulness dwell. The Father came to John 3;16 as he was showing the world how much he loved the world. It is no surprise that the Father included in his plan a process to give his love to man so that he not only has life, but has life more abundantly. This is the process in which we see that pleased the Father to have in him (Jesus) all fulness dwell. We can see in both part one and part two of the foundation scriptures how things are set up for the Father to be pleased. In part one: Colossians 1:19, “For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell.” The plan for salvation requires that we be his body, the Church; therefore, when we receive Christ Jesus by faith, we are now in him as members of his body. This pleases the Father not necessarily for the reason that in him all fulness dwell; however, it pleases the Father because as members of his body, we are in him (Jesus) where all fulness dwell. We have to come to Jesus and be members of his body; and this process also gives us access to all fulness as we are in him where all fulness dwell. Now this is why the Father is pleased; for he can continue to love us in his fulness, and have us not lost to having life in his fulness on earth as we were before John 3:16. In part two: Colossians 2:9, “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” The Father had to be careful when it came to our access to all fulness. We can see again in part 1, Colossians 1:19, For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell: there is no concerns or parameters when it comes to Jesus (the Head) having in him all fulness dwell. Jesus having done this since before the world was, will have no problem handling the flow of all fulness. Now we can see again in part 2, Colossians 2:9, “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” There are concern and parameters when it comes to the members (his body, the Church) having all fulness dwell. This is all new to us, the members, unlike the experience of Jesus since before the world was; so the Father will allow the flow of all fulness to be handled by the Godhead. The Godhead allows the distribution of all fulness, at the rate in which each bodily member has matured in relationship to handle it. This process and operation set up by the Father will help us build relationships with each member of the Godhead: the Son, the Holy Ghost, and the Father. And as we come to know, and grow in each relationship, they will see us coming. The members of the Body of Christ, in who the Father loves so much, will automatically have access to all fulness at the moment they are in him (Jesus) where all fulness dwell: Now this is why it pleased the Father that in him (Jesus) should all fulness dwell! The Relationships See You Coming.
The Father Still Does Love To Do The Body Good.