THE FULLNESS OF THE GODHEAD BODILY -By Robert Roosendaal
Scripture Reading: Colossians 2:9,1:15-19
Our brother in Christ, Peter Deyneka, Jr., promoter of missions in
communist countries, relates a revealing encounter with his cab driver
upon requesting transportation to the Museum of Atheism in Moscow.
"Why," the driver queried "Are you an Atheist?" Confessing his own
experience of emptiness of life under an atheistic regime, he
eventually begged: "Tell me ... what do I need?" Pastor Deyneka became
instrumental in ministering to his spiritual well-being.
In their tragic drift from God, Americans are turning more and more to
substitutes: materialism, pleasure, worship of science, drugs and
immorality. The terrible frustration of sin creates a dangerous void.
Relative to our glorious Lord we may rejoice in the fullness of His
glorified Person and the fullness of blessing He imparts (Colossians
1:9; 2:3; 2:19). John presents it so beautifully: "And of His fullness
have we all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by
Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ" (John 1 :16, 17). The
gifts in Ephesians were given: "For the perfecting of the saints for
the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ: Till
we all come to 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
fullness of Christ" (Ephesians 4:12, 13).
The church, which is His Body, is "The fullness of Him that filleth all
in all" (Ephesians 1:23). In contrast to the void of our sin-sick
world, the child of God has been "blessed with all spiritual blessings
in the heavenlies in Christ" Ephesians 1:3).
Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:13
David had sinned in the matter of Bathsheba. This sin was followed by another
heinous crime: He had Bathsheba's husband killed in battle-murder. It is hard
to tell just how far _ this would have gone and how many sins the
have involved had not God intervened through His prophet Nathan. This 51st
Psalm is the record of David's confession-and what a confession it was! There
is no self defense. We don't hear David making excuses like, "If only she
had not been exposed and caught my eye." Or, "Why wasn't she in the
house where she belonged?" Or, like another [Adam] once said, "The
woman ... Thou gavestto be with me ... " In short, God's fault, her fault.
David's confession was thorough. This "man after God's own heart" had
truly taken God's side against himself, and this is what true confession and
repentance is all about. David asks God to "Purge . Wash .... Create a
clean heart .... Renew a right spirit .... Cast me not away .... Restore the
joy .... Uphold me with Thy free spirit." Then, and only then, could he
"teach the transgressors Thy ways, and sinners be converted unto Thee.
" In short, David had to first be restored to the Lord through his
own confession of sin before the Lord could use him to teach and lead others.
This great principle is transdispensational. That is, it is good for all time.
Notice Paul's words to Timothy, "Take heed to thyself, and unto the
doctrine [teaching]" (I Timothy 4:16). Not that Timothy was caught up in
sin at the time, nor did he have a matter like David to settle between himself
and -the Lord, but the order is the same. Only when our lives are in tune
with God, as revealed in His Word, can we be the vessels "unto honor,
sanctified, and meet for the Master's use" (II Timothy 2:21).