Christian fulness and "perfection is to appropriate Christ by faith in all
of His offices, capacities, and relations to meet our every need in life... 'Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith'
12:20, Who 'shall
supply all [our]
need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus'
(Philippians 4:19), Who is our 'Jehovah Jireh' (Genesis 22:14)--
literally, the LORD will provide)." --from
Call to Christian Perfection --New
Window An Exposition of the Doctrine of
Christian Perfection by Tom Stewart
- 1. Our Fulness and
- Eph. 4:13
"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 fulness of
- Ps. 16:11
"Thou wilt show me the path of Life: in Thy presence is fulness of
joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore."
- John 1:16
"And of His fulness have all we received, and grace for grace."
- Eph. 3:19
"And to know the Love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be
filled with all the fulness of God."
- Col. 1:19, 2:9
"For it pleased the Father that in Him
[the Son] should all fulness dwell...
For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily."
- Ps. 24:1
"The Earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they
that dwell therein."
- Eph. 1:23
"the fulness of Him that filleth all in all."
- Rom. 15:29
"And I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness of
the blessing of the Gospel of Christ."
2. Our Portion:
- Ps. 73:26
"My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the Strength of my heart, and my
Portion for ever."
- Ps. 119:57
"Thou art my Portion, O LORD: I have said that I would keep Thy Words."
- Ps. 142:5
"I cried unto Thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my Refuge and my Portion
in the land of the living."
- Lam. 3:24
"The LORD is my Portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in Him."
- Ps. 16:5
"The LORD is The Portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: Thou
maintainest my lot."
The Offices, Capacities, and Relations Which Jesus Christ Can Fulfill In Us
Jesus Christ is our AUTHORITY, the Lawgiver by which
- 1. Jesus is The Word. The Word of God is His very
Name and His Authority.
- Rev. 19:13
"And He [Jesus Christ] was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His
Name is called The Word of God."
- John 1:1
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was
- John 1:14
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us."
- 1 John 1:1-2
"That which was from the beginning, Which we have heard, Which we have seen
with our eyes, Which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word
of Life; (for the Life was manifested, and we have seen It, and bear witness,
and show unto you that Eternal Life, Which was with the Father, and was manifested
a. Jesus is The Word. The Word of God is the Only Authority in existence. All
Authority emanates from and comes back to The Word as its Source.
- Heb. 1:1-3
God, Who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers
by the prophets, 2
hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, Whom He hath appointed Heir
Of All Things, by Whom also He made the worlds; 3 Who being The Brightness
Of His Glory, and The Express Image Of His Person, and upholding all things by
The Word of His Power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down
on the right hand of The Majesty On High."
- 2 Pet. 3:5
"For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the Word of God the heavens
were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water."
- Heb. 11:3
"Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God,
so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear."
- Heb. 6:5
"And have tasted the good Word of God, and the powers of the world to come."
b. Jesus is The Word. When obeyed, the Authority of The
Word transforms us to fulfill His will.
- 1 Pet. 1:23 "Being
born again, not of corruptible seed, but of Incorruptible, by the Word
of God, Which liveth and abideth for ever."
- Luke 8:21
"And He answered and said unto them, My mother and My brethren
are these which hear the Word of God, and do it."
- Matt. 4:4
"But He answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread
alone, but by Every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."
- Luke 11:28
"But He said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the Word of God,
and keep it."
- Acts 6:7
"And the Word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied
in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to
- Col. 1:25
"Whereof I am made a minister... to fulfil the Word of God."
- 1 Thess. 2:13 "For
this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the Word
of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it
is in Truth, the Word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe."
- Rom. 10:17
"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of
- 1 Tim. 4:5
"For it is sanctified by the Word of God and prayer."
- Eph. 5:25-26
"Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it; that He might sanctify
and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word."
c. Jesus is The Word. The Word is Omniscient Authority,
Omnipotent Authority, and Omnipresent Authority.
- Heb. 4:12
"For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper
than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit,
and of the joints and marrow, and is A Discerner of the thoughts and intents of
- Jer. 23:29
"Is not My Word like as a Fire? saith the LORD; and like a Hammer
that breaketh the rock in pieces?"
- Eph. 6:17 "And
take the Helmet of Salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of
d. Jesus is The Word. How you handle the Authority of The Word is how you handle the Authority
of Jesus Christ.
- 1 John 1:1-2
"That which was from the beginning, Which we have heard, Which we have seen
with our eyes, Which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled,
of the Word of Life; (for the Life was manifested, and we have seen
It, and bear witness, and show unto you that Eternal Life, Which was
with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)"
- John 8:47
"He that is of God heareth God's Words: ye therefore hear them
not, because ye are not of God."
- Luke 10:16
"He that heareth you heareth Me [Jesus]; and he that despiseth you despiseth Me;
and he that despiseth Me despiseth Him [the
Father] that sent Me."
- John 12:48
"He that rejecteth Me [Jesus Christ], and receiveth not My Words, hath One that judgeth
him: the Word that I have spoken, the Same shall judge him in the last day."
e. Jesus is The Word of all Authority. He is Worthy of
our entire life in all that we ever can do for Him.
- Rev. 1:9
"I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and
in the Kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos,
for the Word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ."
- Rev. 6:9
"And when He had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them
that were slain for the Word of God, and for the testimony which they
- Rev. 20:4
"And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them:
and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for
the Word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither
had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and
reigned with Christ a thousand years."
- 2. Jesus is our Sceptre. As our Sceptre, He is
an instrument of Authority denoting favour or judgment, as from our Ruler.
- Examples of authority as from a sceptre:
- Esth. 4:11 "there is
one law of his to put him to death, except such to whom the king shall hold out
the golden sceptre, that he may live: but I have not been called to come in unto
the king these thirty days."
Esth. 5:2 "And it
was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, that she obtained
favour in his sight: and the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that
was in his hand. So Esther drew near, and touched the top of the sceptre."
- Num. 24:17
"I shall see Him, but not now: I shall behold Him, but not nigh: there shall
come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall
smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth."
- Ps. 45:6
"Thy Throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the Sceptre of Thy Kingdom
is a Right Sceptre."
- Heb. 1:8
"But unto the Son He [the Father] saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a Sceptre
Of Righteousness is the Sceptre of Thy Kingdom."
- Is. 14:5
"The LORD hath broken the staff of the wicked, and the sceptre of the
[For more concerning the Christian's source of Authority,
please read "The Word of God" ---New Window.]
Jesus Christ is our PEACE, the Preserver of a fruitful life.
- More than just the absence of conflict, Peace
is the presence of God.
- Shiloh: tranquility; as belonging to; He whose it is.
Gen. 49:10 "...until
Shiloh come; and unto Him shall the gathering of the people be."
- More than just feelings, Peace is the faith-substance
that blesses our interaction with God and man.
- Rom. 14:17-19 "For the Kingdom of God is... righteousness,
and Peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. For he that in these things serveth
[interaction with] Christ is acceptable to God, and approved
of men. Let us therefore follow after the things which make for Peace,
and things wherewith one may edify another."
Heb. 12:14 "Follow Peace with all men, and holiness,
without which no man shall see the LORD."
1. Jesus is our Peace with The Father. The vital state of harmony with The Father
so complete as to be essentially one with Him
- Eph. 2:14
"For He is our Peace, Who hath made both one, and hath broken
down the middle wall of partition between us."
- Rom. 15:33
"Now the God of Peace be with you all. Amen."
- Phil. 4:7
"And the Peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep
your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
- Is. 54:10
"For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but My kindness shall
not depart from thee, neither shall the Covenant of My Peace be removed, saith
the LORD that hath mercy on thee."
- Gal. 1:3
"Grace be to you and Peace from God the Father, and from our LORD Jesus Christ."
- Acts 10:36
"The Word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching Peace by
Jesus Christ: (He is LORD of all.)"
- Col. 1:20
"And, having made Peace through the Blood of His Cross, by Him to reconcile
all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in Earth, or things
- John 14:27
"Peace I leave with you, My Peace I give unto you: not
as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let
it be afraid."
- Is. 48:17-18
"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. O that thou hadst hearkened to My Commandments! then had thy Peace been as
a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea."
- Ps. 29:11
"The LORD will give strength unto His people; the LORD will bless His people
- 1 Cor. 14:33
"For God is not the Author of confusion, but of Peace."
- Is. 26:12
"LORD, Thou wilt ordain Peace for us: for Thou also hast wrought all
our works in us."
- Gal. 5:22
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, Peace, longsuffering, gentleness,
- Rom. 14:17 "For
the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and Peace, and
joy in the Holy Ghost."
- Phil. 4:9
"Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen
in me, do: and the God of Peace shall be with you."
- Col. 3:15
"LET the Peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called
in one body; and be ye thankful."
- 1 Thess. 5:23
"And the very God of Peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole
spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto The Coming of our LORD Jesus
2. Jesus is our Peace with man. The state of harmony which affords a quiet life of
holy service in a hostile world
- Is. 54:13
"And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall
be the peace of thy children."
- John 16:33
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace.
In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the
- Rom. 12:18
"If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men."
- 2 Tim. 2:22-25
"Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, Peace,
with them that call on the LORD out of a pure heart. 23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that
they do gender strifes. 24 And the servant of the LORD must not strive; but be gentle
unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves."
- Rom. 14:19
"Let us therefore follow after the things which make for Peace, and things
wherewith one may edify another."
- Mark 9:50
"Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season
it? Have salt in yourselves, and have Peace one with another."
- Ps. 147:14
"He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of
- Ps. 37:11
"But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the
abundance of peace."
"Now the LORD of Peace Himself give you Peace always by all means.
The LORD be with you all"
(2 Thessalonians 3:16).
To His people, Jesus Christ is Life.
He is our Authority.
He is our Peace.
He is Ever-So-Much More.
For more concerning the Christian's Fulness in Christ, please read
"Christ Is All" ---New Window.
by Katie Stewart
Whatever problem or question you have in this physical life, Jesus is The Answer.
and Sweet Refreshment in Christ" ---New Window
by Jonathan Edwards
Isaiah 32:2 "And a man shall be as an hiding-place from the wind, and a covert
from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock
in a weary land." In these words we may observe, 1. The person who is here prophesied
of and commended, viz. the Lord Jesus Christ, the King spoken of in the preceding
verse, who shall reign in righteousness.
"Whereby are given unto us Exceeding Great And Precious Promises:
that by These ye might be partakers of the Divine Nature,
having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience Godliness;
And to Godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
For if these things be in you, and abound,
They make you that ye shall neither be barren nor
in the Knowledge of our LORD Jesus Christ."
2 Peter 1:4-8
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