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the Bride of the Lamb, and the description of the heavenly Jerusalem, we realize how
much more glorious is that calling as compared with the highest calling on earth. What
shall be said then of that company of the redeemed, blessed neither on earth nor in the
New Jerusalem, blessed neither as a kingdom nor as a Bride, but blessed "in Christ"
where He now sits "far above all", blessed not only as the members of His Body which is
dignity indeed, but actually destined to be "the fullness of Him" in Whom dwells all the
fullness of the Godhead bodily.
It is evident from what we have discovered in the Word, that the term "fullness" is
vital to the accomplishment of the Divine purpose and there is one point more that must
be considered before we close. Head and members, or Head and Body, are relative
terms. The one cannot exert or function without the other. This we all recognize must be
true of the members, but is it not also necessarily true of the Head? Christ AS HEAD
needs the complement of His Body, just as surely as the church. His Body, needs the
complement of the Head. In the words "the fullness of Him that filleth all in all" the
words thus translated to pleroma tou "The fullness of Him" are cast in the form known as
"The genitive of relation". Words ending in ma often have a passive significance.
Chrysostom, in his commentary says:
"The fullness of the head is the body, and the fullness of the body is the head . . . . .
that is just as the head is filled (or fulfilled) by the body."
Beza says something very similar:
"However complete He is in Himself, yet as Head He is not complete without His Body."
Pleromenou "That filleth" is not passive but middle voice . . . . . "To fill up or
complete for Himself".
The very fact that God has a goal, and is moving toward the goal, implies that this
relationship of the redeemed with the Redeemer is essential to the glorious achievement
of the ages. God is moving from the status of God Who is Creator, to God Who is
Father, and the title Father is itself relative, it necessitates a family. While therefore the
redeemed are nothing in themselves, they are precious by reason of His gracious purpose.
CHARLES H. WELCH