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9 For [hoti] in [en] him [autos]dwelleth[katoikeo] all [pas] the fulness[pleroma] of the Godhead [theotes] bodily. [somatikos]KJV-Interlinear
9 For in
Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form, NASB
Not to be confused with
the term shekhinah, the word for dwelleth, katoikeo, refers to
the total inclusion of the essence of one entity inside another entity which is
not a separate entity but one and the same, just in another form.That form being
physical rather than spirit.
And so the fullness of God, is all of His essence, became incarnate man.
This does not say that
a man was born, and that God simply entered into someone who was already there,
but that God Himself became human, and all of the fullness of His existence was
included in that person.
They were not separate entities
occupying the same body, but one entity, that of God, who manifested Himself as
perfect humanity in the person which we know as Jesus Christ.
In all of the
philosophies of the world, many aspects of the nature of the incarnate Christ
are questioned or even explained away as something that they are not.
In the Old Testament
the concept of the shekhinah, is a reference to God
dwelling or living with His people, and is developed in the stories of God in
the clouds, in the mountain, in the Ark of the Covenant, in the Temple and so
forth.This concept is culminated in the
indwelling of all three members of the Godhead, in each individual Christian, beginning
at the Feast of Pentecost, just fifty days following the Passover sacrifice of
Christ on the Cross.
Today every believer is
indwelled by all three members of the Godhead.An event which did not exist in the Old Testament times.And an event which serves to further seal the
believers eternal relationship with God.That relationship which was promised to Adam and others, and finalized
and made secure and permanent at the Cross.
This indwelling does
not interfere with the individuals intellect or physical functions in life.Both God and person are separate and unique
However, Jesus was not
a man born, and then entered into by God as though they were separate
Jesus Christ is the
unique person of the universe, both God and man in the same person.
And by the way, Gods indwelling
of each believer does not give you any advantage in your spiritual relationship
or growth.You still must be positive
toward your hearing and learning and application, and obedience to doctrine in
order to grow up.You can fail in your
spiritual growth just as easily as you can succeed, despite the indwelling of
There are of course
many implications of this relationship, which will not become manifest to us
until eternity.And those implications
can be left with your imagination.For
now, your relationship with God is tied to your knowledge and understanding and
application of Bible doctrine.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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