which is his body, the fulness of Him who is filling the all in all,
Ephesians 1:23 Additional TranslationsClarke'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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Ephesians 2:16 And that he might reconcile both to God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
Ephesians 4:4,12 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling...
Ephesians 5:23-32 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body...
Romans 13:5 Why you must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
1 Corinthians 12:12-27 For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ...
Colossians 1:18,24 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead...
Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also you are called in one body; and be you thankful.
Ephesians 3:19 And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 4:10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
John 1:16 And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.
1 Corinthians 12:6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which works all in all.
1 Corinthians 15:28 And when all things shall be subdued to him, then shall the Son also himself be subject to him that put all things under him...
Colossians 1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell;
Colossians 2:9,10 For in him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily...
Colossians 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all...
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