Ephesians 1:23
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New International Version
which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

King James Bible
Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Darby Bible Translation
which is his body, the fulness of him who fills all in all:

World English Bible
which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Young's Literal Translation
which is his body, the fulness of Him who is filling the all in all,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Which is his body - As he is head over all things, he is head to the Church; and this Church is considered as the body of which he is especially the head; and from him, as the head, the Church receives light, life, and intelligence.

And is the fullness of him - That in which he especially manifests his power, goodness, and truth; for though he fills all the world with his presence, yet he fills all the members of his mystical body with wisdom, goodness, truth, and holiness, in an especial manner. Some understand the fullness or πληρωμα, here, as signifying the thing to be filled; so the Christian Church is to be filled by him, whose fullness fills all his members, with all spiritual gifts and graces. And this corresponds with what St. John says, John 1:16 : And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace. And with what is said, Colossians 2:9, Colossians 2:10 : Ye are complete in him; και εστε εν αυτῳ πεπληρωμενοι· And ye are in him filled full; i.e. with gifts and grace.

How, in any other sense, the Church can be said to be the fullness of him who fills all in all, is difficult to say. However, as Jesus Christ is represented to be the head, and the Church, the body under that head, the individuals being so many members in that body; and as it requires a body and members to make a head complete; so it requires a Church, or general assembly of believers, to make up the body of Christ. When, therefore, the Jews and Gentiles are brought into this Church, the body may be said to be complete; and thus Christ has his visible fullness upon earth, and the Church may be said to be the fullness of him, etc. See Ephesians 1:10.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

his.

Ephesians 2:16 And that he might reconcile both to God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

Ephesians 4:4,12 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling...

Ephesians 5:23-32 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body...

Romans 13:5 Why you must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

1 Corinthians 12:12-27 For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ...

Colossians 1:18,24 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead...

Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also you are called in one body; and be you thankful.

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Ephesians 3:19 And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 4:10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

John 1:16 And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.

1 Corinthians 12:6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which works all in all.

1 Corinthians 15:28 And when all things shall be subdued to him, then shall the Son also himself be subject to him that put all things under him...

Colossians 1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell;

Colossians 2:9,10 For in him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily...

Colossians 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all...

Library
The True Christian Life
TEXT: "My beloved is mine, and I am his."--Sol. Song 2:16. "I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine."--Sol. Song 6:3. "I am my beloved's and his desire is toward me."--Sol. Song 7:10. These three texts should be read together, and the significant change found in each text as the thought unfolds should be studied carefully. They remind one of three mountain peaks one rising higher than the other until the third is lifted into the very heavens. Indeed, if one should live in the spirit of this
J. Wilbur Chapman—And Judas Iscariot

The Hope of the Calling
'That ye may know what is the hope of His calling.'--Eph. i. 18. A man's prayers for others are a very fair thermometer of his own religious condition. What he asks for them will largely indicate what he thinks best for himself; and how he asks it will show the firmness of his own faith and the fervour of his own feeling. There is nothing colder than the intercession of a cold Christian; and, on the other hand, in no part of the fervid Apostle Paul's writings do his words come more winged and fast,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture Ephesians, Peter,John

A Sight of the Crowned Christ
(Revelation, Chapter i.) "Since mine eyes were fixed on Jesus, I've lost sight of all beside, So enchained my spirit's vision, Looking at the Crucified." "The Lord Christ passed my humble cot: I knew him, yet I knew him not; But as I oft had done before, I hurried through my narrow door To touch His garment's hem. "He drew me to a place apart From curious crowd and noisy mart; And as I sat there at His feet I caught the thrill of His heart-beat Beyond His garment's hem. "Rare was the bread He broke
by S. D. Gordon—Quiet Talks on the Crowned Christ of Revelation

Redemption through Blood, the Gracious Forgiveness of Sins
READ THE CHAPTER, and carefully note how the apostle goes to the back of everything, and commences with those primeval blessings which were ours before time began. He dwells on the divine love of old, and the predestination which came out of it; and all that blessed purpose of making us holy and without blame before him in love, which was comprehended in the covenant of grace. It does us good to get back to these antiquities--to these eternal things. You shake off something of the dust of time, as
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 37: 1891

Cross References
John 1:16
Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.

1 Corinthians 12:6
There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

1 Corinthians 12:27
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

Ephesians 3:10
His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms,

Ephesians 3:19
and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 4:10
He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)

Ephesians 4:12
to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up

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