For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell;…
I. THE FULNESS OF CHRIST.
1. A fulness of all Divine attributes and perfections. Omnipotence in creation; omniscience, wisdom, and goodness in providence; grace in the dispensation of the Spirit; justice in the grand assize, etc., are all His. Hence fulness of worship is offered Him in heaven (Revelation 3:2) and earth.
2. A fulness of truth and wisdom for the instruction of man. John tells us that He is full of truth; Christ says, "I am the truth"; and Paul says, "In Him are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge."(1) All the rays of Divine truth which have ever enlightened prophets and apostles, guided wandering sinners back to God, and blessed the Church with purity and consolation, were emanations from Him, the great Prophet of the Church.
(2) In the Scriptures we have the mind of Christ.
(3) But while the Bible is sufficient, such is the power which prejudice, unbelief, and ignorance exert over the mind, that the influence of Christ is requisite to the reception of the truth. Our prayer, then, before the open Bible should be, "Open mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things," etc.
3. A fulness of merit to justify every believer in His name.
(1) Convinced of sin, our great question is, "How can man be just with God?" It is evident that we cannot be just in our own righteousness, nor in that of the holiest saints, for they were indebted to another for the robe they wear; nor in that of angels, for no creature, however elevated, can render an obedience exceeding the law of his creation, and consequently can have no works of supererogation which can be disposed of for the benefit of others.
(2) No cheering answer can reach us but that which comes from Calvary. By His obedience unto death, the law broken by us is honoured, its precepts fulfilled, and its penalty endured.
(3) By faith we become interested in Jesus, and thus are justified freely by His grace.
4. A fulness of power to accomplish all the purposes for which the mediatorial office was instituted. He sits upon the throne wielding the omnipotent sceptre of universal dominion, and reigns over all for the benefit of the Church.
5. A fulness of grace and compassion to relieve and comfort His afflicted servants (Hebrews 4:14).
II. IT IS THE PLEASURE OF THE FATHER THAT THIS FULNESS SHOULD DWELL IN CHRIST.
1. It is in harmony with the Divine counsels.
2. It meets with the Divine approbation.Conclusion: The subject —
1. Directs believers to the source of all consolation.
2. Sinners to the source of all salvation.
Parallel VersesKJV: For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;