John 1:16 says, “And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” I loved reading this morning what Charles H. Spurgeon had to say about this verse in his Morning and Evening Devotional:
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, cleanseth 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.
This puts more meat to the phrase, “Christ is sufficient.” Last night I learned that one of my aunts passed away, and I appreciated the reminder that in Christ there is a fullness “of victory in his death, for through death he destroyed him that had the power of death.”
Amen and amen. Christ’s death is sufficient and as Jesus explained to Martha after her brother Lazarus died. He is the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in Him though they die, and we all will die, they shall live. Those who live who believe in Him shall never die… eternally speaking that is, (John 11:25-26).
If there was not a fullness in Christ then His death would not have been sufficient and we would not have this victory. But thank God, as Spurgeon wrote, that His fullness is “inexhaustible, and is treasured up where all the needy may reach it, even in Jesus, Immanuel–God with us.”
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