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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CommentaryClarke'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.
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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.
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,
and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)
to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up
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