He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the Kingdom of his beloved Son in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation…and he is the head of the body, the Church…For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.
Colossians 1: 13-15, 18, 19 (ESV)
These verses from the Apostle Paul could be reasonably paraphrased as follows. “Jesus Christ is the head of the Church, his righteous body of believers. And God, the Father, magnificent in his completeness, fully indwells Christ Jesus who is his perfect reflection. In this way, God is joined directly to all members of the Church body through Christ Jesus whom he has granted all authority over his creation. In order to effectively merge into this divine heart-to-heart relationship, we have been spiritually transformed, cleansed, and sanctified to reside with full citizenship in his kingdom having a full-pardon from our earthly incarceration.”
By doing this exercise, I am gleaning additional insight and meaning out of these verses from a different perspective or vantage point. This increases the fullness, richness, and dimensionality of God’s Word thus revealing more of his multi-faceted nature. God is interminable in the different manifestations of his character and is, therefore, multi-faceted by his very nature. The truths that are the core fabric of his nature have profound meaning with a multitude of applications depending on the perspective from which they are perceived.
For God will always provide us with the applicable vantage point to perceive the righteous truth or answer he wants us to grasp.
To glean the truth from alternative perspectives of God’s nature, either singly or in groups, we need to employ our imagination and expectantly engage in thoughtful meditation being receptive to revelation, all in the presence of the Holy Spirit. In these robust environments, we can help enlighten one another with alternate points of view from God’s multi-dimensional character. In truth, we can accelerate our maturation in Christ and deepen our understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in his kingdom and develop greater holistic comprehension of his magnificent character. For wherever two or three are gathered together, there in their midst will be the fullness of God and the riches his Kingdom.
Dear Heavenly Father, you are without limitation in your wisdom and knowledge. Yet, you have chosen to reveal your innermost being to us through your Word, the Holy Spirit, and by prophetic revelation. Help us to see the many facets, shades, and qualities of your loving nature so that we can appropriately respond to your gentle touch, comforting voice, and Fatherly guidance. Amen.
A F Fischer