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THE FULLNESS OF GLORY
The purpose of this chapter is to show that Jesus Christ did not "receive a fullness at first", but will receive the fullness of His glory after His resurrection, at the time when all wickedness on this earth is overcome. Therefore, He cannot be as the Gods until after this time.
It is interesting to note that everything on this earth seems to symbolize or represent things in heaven. The true principles of science, chemistry, mathematics and other fields of learning, are used by the Father. Even the family, marriage and children are a part of the work of the Father. Many things that happen on this world are typified by what happened in the pre-mortal life of man. The beginnings of both the spirit world and the physical world were very similar.
For example, in the beginning of this mortal world, Adam had two sons--one very honorable and righteous and the other disobedient and wicked. So it was in the pre-mortal life: God began with two sons--one righteous and one unrighteous.
The Pre-Existent spirits of the Father became disorganized and the unrighteous son of God rebelled and was cast down to earth that had just been created. Then Jesus was given the power, authority and calling to reorganize mankind. Jesus was selected to become the Savior, Redeemer and Organizer (Creator) of the world (mankind). So He accepted the authority and calling to prepare all the sons and daughters of the Father to receive the Gospel in the flesh.
Oftentimes, we may forget God's truth. God's Word and His promises are His truth. There are times when we get too comfortable with present things and people in our lives that we do not began to focus on God's true love and His promises that cannot be broken. It is important that we, as God's children began to enjoy the fullness of God. Enjoying the fullness of God is living a stress-free, graceful lifestyle.
In this episode, we see how the calling of the prophet Joseph and the restoration of the fullness of the gospel through him, corresponds with the marvelous work and wonder of the Lord, as we understand it through the allegory of the tame and wild olive trees.
6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces[a] of this world rather than on Christ.
9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. 11 In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh[b] was put off when you were circumcised by[c] Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.
13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you[d] alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.[
The History of Christianity #11
Our Scripture verse today is 2 Corinthians 5:21 which reads: "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."
Our quote today is from Clement of Rome. He said, "Let us look steadfastly to the blood of Christ, and see how precious that blood is to God, which, having been shed for our salvation, has set the grace of repentance before the whole world."
Today, we are discussing "The Fullness of Time" (Part 9) from Justo L. Gonzalez's fine book, The Story of Christianity (Volume 1).
The Greco-Roman World
The syncretism of the times could also have been seen in what historians now call "mystery religions." These were not based on the ancient Olympian deities, but on others which seemed to be much more personal. In earlier times, people generally had followed the religion of their birthplace. But now, after the conquests of Alexander and of Rome, which gods one was to serve became a matter of personal choice. Therefore, one did not belong to a mystery religion by birth, but rather by initiation. Most of these religions were based on myths regarding the origin of the world , the sustenance of life, and the life of the deity. From Egypt came the myth of Isis and Osiris, which explained the fertility of the Nile and all other fertility. Greece contributed rites that from time immemorial had been celebrated near Athens. The cult of Mithra, a god of Indo-Iranian origin, was very popular in the army....
The History of Christianity #12
Our Scripture verse today is Hebrews 1:3 which reads: "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."
Our quote today is from B. B. Warfield. He said, "A dozen ignorant peasants proclaiming a crucified Jew as the founder of a new faith; bearing as the symbol of their worship an instrument which was the sign of ignominy, slavery and crime; preaching what must have seemed an absurd doctrine of humility, patient suffering and love to enemies – graces undreamed of before; demanding what must have seemed an absurd worship for one who had died like a malefactor and a slave, and making what must have seemed an absurd promise of everlasting life through one who had himself died, and that between two thieves."
Today, we are discussing "The Fullness of Time" (Part 10) from Justo L. Gonzalez's fine book, The Story of Christianity (Volume 1).
The Greco-Roman World
Socrates, Plato's teacher, had been condemned to death, as an incredulous corrupter of youth. Plato wrote several dialogues in his defense, and by the first century Socrates was considered one of the greatest sages of antiquity. Socrates, Plato, and many other philosophers had criticized the ancient gods, and had taught about a supreme being, perfect and immutable. Furthermore, both Socrates and Plato believed in the immorality of the soul. ...
The History of Christianity #9
Our Scripture verse today is Galatians 4:4 which reads: "But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law."
Our quote today is from Tertullian. He said, "The more often we are mown down by you, the more in number we grow; the blood of Christians is seed."
Today, we are discussing "The Fullness of Time" (Part 7) from Justo L. Gonzalez's fine book, The Story of Christianity (Volume 1).
In any case, the Septuagint was of enormous importance to the early church. It is the version of scripture quoted by most New Testament authors, and it profoundly influenced the formation of early Christian vocabulary - including the very name of "Christ," which was the Septuagint word for "Anointed One" or "Messiah." When the early Christians began their missionary spread, they used the Septuagint as a ready-made means of arguing with the more traditional Jews who did not accept their teachings, and also as a means of communicating their message to the Gentiles. For this and other reasons, the Jewish community produced other versions that were not as readily suitable for Christian use, and, in effect, left the church in sole possession of the Septuagint.
The History of Christianity #10
Our Scripture verse today is Romans 15:4 which reads: "For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope."
Our quote today is from Clement of Alexandria. He said, "Therefore let us repent and pass from ignorance to knowledge, from foolishness to wisdom, from licentiousness to self-control, from injustice to righteousness, from godlessness to God."
Today, we are discussing "The Fullness of Time" (Part 8) from Justo L. Gonzalez's fine book, The Story of Christianity (Volume 1).
The Greco-Roman World
The Roman Empire had brought to the Mediterranan basin an unprecedented political unity. Although each region kept some of its ancient laws and customs, the general policy of the empire was to encourage as much uniformity as possible without doing unnecessary violence to the uses of each area. In this they followed the example of Alexander. Both Alexander and the Roman Empire succeeded to a remarkable degree, and therefore Roman law and Hellenistic culture comprised the context in which the early church took shape.
The History of Christianity #8
Our quote today is from C. S. Lewis. He said, "History is a story written by the finger of God."
Today, we are discussing "The Fullness of Time" (Part 6) from Justo L. Gonzalez's fine book, The Story of Christianity (Volume 1).
Diaspora Judaism: For centuries before the birth of Jesus, the number of Jews living outside of Palestine had been increasing. Dating back to the Old Testament times there were numerous Jews in Persia and Mesopotamia. In Egypt, they had even built a temple in the seventh century BCE, and another five centuries later. By the time of Jesus, there were sizable Jewish communities in every major city in the Roman Empire. These Jews, scattered far and wide, but with strong emotional and religious connections with the land of their ancestors, are called the Diaspora or Dispersion.
Diaspora Judaism is of crucial importance for the history of Christianity, for it was one of the main avenues through which the new faith expanded throughout the Roman Empire. Furthermore, Diaspora Judaism unwittingly provided the church with one of the most useful tools of its missionary expansion, the Greek translation of the Old Testament.
The fullness of times, or the fullness of the times of the Gentiles, refers to the the latter-days, when the Gentiles are at the peak of their game, so-to-speak. It's a time when their hegemony in the world is at its apex, especially that of the Americans, but it's also a time when their sins and rejection of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Light and Savior of the world, places them in great jeopardy.