"He beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner'" Luke 18:13
Broken. A good place to be.
That is the latest post from John Piper. Is it in any way accurate for a believer? Is it how we as believers should live our days? Not a snowballs chance in hell! How do I know? Well, I'll tell you.
I grew up with this mentality. The idea that we need to be broken in order to be used by God. The thinking that if we just humble ourselves enough and make ourselves subordinate enough He will have mercy and use us in some insignificant way for His greater purpose. "Tell. God how pathetic you are, so that He knows you know that you're scum." This is exactly what I grew up believing. I grew up singing songs like "Brokenness is what I long for, Brokenness is what I need" this is what our life with Christ is supposed to look like?
I am here to tell you today, THIS IS AN ABSOLUTE LIE! That mentality is not one of Christ! This lie is exactly what keeps people bound and enslaved to the religious systems that fix you enough to be ok to God and repair the parts that God destroyed for His bigger purpose. I can't even express in word my absolute DISGUST with that mindset. More than just a horrible way to live, it is NOT how Christ wants us to live. It is not what God wants for His kids. How do I know? It's pretty clear in scripture.
Paul, speaking to the church in Colossi:
"For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority;" Colossians 2:9-10
Who is Paul talking about? The Him there is Jesus Christ, the fullness of Deity, the word fullness there is the Greek word:
repletion or completion, that is, (subjectively) whatfills (as contents, supplement, copiousness, multitude), or (objectively) what is filled (as container, performance, period): - which is put in to fill up, piece that filled up, fulfilling, full, fulness.
So we can safely say Jesus Christ is the complete fullness of the a Godhead in bodily form. The next sentence, "In Him you have been made complete.." What's interesting to me, that word there, complete, is the Greek word:
to make replete, that is, (literally) to cram (a net),level up (a hollow), or (figuratively) to furnish (or imbue, diffuse,influence), satisfy, execute (an office), finish (a period or task),verify (or coincide with a prediction), etc.: - accomplish, X after, (be) complete, end, expire, fill (up), fulfil, (be, make) full (come), fully preach, perfect, supply.
Here's where it gets fun. Both of these Greek words have the same root word..that word is:
replete, or covered over; by analogy complete: - full.
This word is used 17 times in the scriptures. All within the context of being completely full or complete. So what's this all mean? Well, I think we would all stand on the truth that Jesus is the complete fullness of the Godhead, the Son of God; The Word made flesh. The word complete in regard to us IN HIM, is the root word of. Jesus being the fullness of e Godhead! What?! Just to go some clarity to the definition above, we can define the word replete:
No matter how we look at this, it means full! Complete! Finished!
WE ARE COMPLETE IN CHRIST! There is no more brokenness! There is no more unwholeness. Every single human being has been made whole again! Brokenness was left in the grave! Incompleteness died never more to reign in any way shape or form! We are part of the new creation! A whole creation! A complete creation! We no longer have to grovel at the feet of a mighty just God Who's just waiting for us to slip up so He can pour out His never ending fury on us. Just because some of us may not believe this, or even know this, does not make it untrue. For centuries we have been taught the lie that we are not good enough. No more. That lie dies today.
You are complete in Christ! You are the fullness of what God loves in this world. There is nothing broken about you! You never again have to walk around this life listening to the lie that you are not good enough. God cannot create anything broken. You are whole in Him! When we realize this, and start living from that place, we find the rest that Jesus spoke about.
We find the acceptance that we long for.
We find the purpose we are so anxiously looking for.
We find home.
"Welcome home child, it's so good to see your face!" - Papa
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