Jehovah was not in the wind. And after the wind, an earthquake: Jehovah was not in the earthquake.
And after the earthquake, a fire: Jehovah was not in the fire. And after the fire, a soft gentle voice. (1Kings 19:11-12)

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Of The Fulness of Christ We Have Received One Gift After Another {Words of Life Wednesdays:Link-up}

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"And of his fulness have all we received, grace upon grace."
{John 1:16}



Weary one?

We have already received one gift after another, grace upon grace.

We may reach out feeble hands to this inexhaustible fountain of grace,
where grace cascades down after grace,
for it is all from Him in the first place.

It is incomprehensible, but not beyond our grasp,
for in Christ is it made possible.

Because He is full of grace and truth,
we receive the inconceivable, but truly amazing grace,
over and over and over again.

In the wisdom of the old preacher, Charles Spurgeon,
contemplate what we receive in Christ:
"These words tell us that there is a fulness in Christ 
There is a fulness of essential Deity, for "in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead."  
There is a fulness of perfect manhood, for in him, bodily, that Godhead was revealed.  
There is a fulness of atoning efficacy in his blood, for "the blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanest us from all sin."  
There is a fulness of justifying righteousness in his life, for "there is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus."  
There is a fulness of divine prevalence in his plea, for "He is able to save to the uttermost them that come unto God by him; seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them."  
There is a fulness of victory in his death, for through death he destroyed him that had the power of death, that is the devil.  
There is a fulness of efficacy in his resurrection from the dead, for by it "we are begotten again unto a lively hope."  
There is a fulness of triumph in his ascension, for "when he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and received gifts for men."  
There is a fulness of blessings of every sort and shape; a fulness of grace to pardon, of grace to regenerate, of grace to sanctify, of grace to preserve, and of grace to perfect.  
There is a fulness at all times; a fulness of comfort in affliction; a fulness of guidance in prosperity.  
A fulness of every divine attribute, of wisdom, of power, of love; a fulness which it were impossible to survey, much less to explore. "It pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell."  
Oh, what a fulness must this be of which all receive! Fulness, indeed, must there be when the stream is always flowing, and yet the well springs up as free, as rich, as full as ever.  
Come, believer, and get all thy need supplied; ask largely, and thou shalt receive largely, for this "fulness" is inexhaustible, and is treasured up where all the needy may reach it, even in Jesus, Immanuel—God with us." 
~ Charles Spurgeon {layout and emphasis mine}


What beautiful unfailing love!

What eternal comforting hope!

What absolute redeeming truth!

What extravagant amazing grace!

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4 comments:

  1. Hi Rebekah! I am coming over from Three Word Wednesday.

    Your post could be the base of a wonderful Bible Study on the character of God. Wow. I really like it! Not only did Jesus give us his salvation, he gave us everything he had to give. And then even more in the gifts of grace. That's a lot to live up to...but I'm willing to try every day.

    Nice to meet you :)
    Ceil

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  2. God's gifts to us are the greatest blessings in life! And, He so loves to shower them upon us! He is a truly loving God!

    Blessings, Joan

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  3. Beautiful! These words truly describe the fulness of our Mighty God! When we are full in Him we lack nothing, and in all there is fulness in HIM! That is encouraging to know, when we or anything else is not enough, we can be sure to find it in God, His grace, His love, His blessings. Love it!

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  4. I love those three words, but I'm choosing three different ones. Grace upon grace. I saw those words to myself all the time. And I'm needing those today as I struggle with how I handled something. I closed a chapter in my life yesterday that needed to be closed but I did not do it in a Christ-like manner. I was full aware of what I was doing but struggled to handle in any other way. Grace upon grace. While I know our mistakes don't define us, I do believe God uses them to teach us something too. Right? Still working this one through.
    Love you,
    Beth

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