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Monday, 21 July 2014

Ephesians 1:20-23

Ephesians 1.20-23 was a well timed reading. I'd just had a really difficult run in with a family that is struggling under the weight of all manner of things: anger, alcoholism, neglect, fatherlessness and years of pain and hurt that has been passed down in a seemingly unbreakable cycle. But then I read that Jesus is far above ALL rule, authority, dominion and power. Either we take this as truth and live as those who proclaim that nothing is outside the remit of God's grace, no stronghold beyond the breaking of him who broke death or we do not. Or we water it down with reason and logic and the complications of individual circumstance. Christ is in charge. End of. And his inchargeness is a gift to us, his broken, utterly fallible body. He is our head for our good. And we - somehow - sinful, fallen, doubting, are his gift to the world: the fullness of him who fills everything in every way living on this earth right now. As Elaine would put it: SAY WHAT?! All the fullness of God is in Christ (Colossians 1:19) ans He has chosen to fill us with that same fullness (Colossians 2:10). We are to overflow with the fullness of God. Oh to get this. I cannot even start to comprehend what it means, but I want to take it seriously. To live a life where his fullness overflows for the sake of this world where we are now his body incarnate. 

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