“I have all the fullness of Christ within me!” A supernatural calm came over me as a woman yelled in this in my face. I thought something like, “Major disconnect” and “Wow! The fullness of Christ doesn’t act like that.” I try to stay as teachable as possible, because I know that we can all err as Mark 12:24 puts it because we do not know the Scriptures nor the power of God. If you know of anyone who doesn’t have gaps in knowing the Scriptures or the power of God, I really want to meet them! In this Kingdom Day, we will each be filled with all the fullness of God according to the breadth, length, depth and height of the love of Christ in our lives (Ephesians 3:17-19).
This bizarre yelling encounter led me to study the word “fullness” in Scripture. Numbers 18: 27 sets a precedence for the word “fullness,” because the first occurrence in Scripture always does (BTW – It’s Strong’s OT:435 mel-ay-aw’). Numbers 18:27 is talking about the “terumah” in Hebrew, which is a heave offering. Basically, it’s a true contribution from the heart primarily. Yeshua (i.e. Jesus) is our heave offering (terumah) – a wholehearted contribution. Our Beloved Messiah taught that the terumah offering that Moses gave in Numbers 18:25-31 was essentially a willing heart; therefore, the congregation of the Living God is formed by having a willing heart… being wholehearted by having a heart to do the perfect will of the Father. If you and I are to walk in the same manner as Jesus did (1 John 2:6), we are to do everything with all our heart.
Let’s take a closer look at the context and background of the Numbers 18:27 “fullness:”
“Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak thus to the Levites, and say to them: ‘When you take from the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them as your inheritance, then you shall offer up a heave offering of it to the Lord, a TENTH OF THE TITHE. And your heave offering shall be reckoned to you as though it were the grain of the threshing floor and as the FULLNESS of the winepress. Israel Of all your gifts you shall offer up every heave offering due to the Lord, from all the best of them, the consecrated part of them.’ ” (Number 18:25-29 KJV emphasis mine).
A terumah is separated from the grain at the threshing floor and from the grape juice and/or olive oil as it ripens in a vat. In Biblical times, when the Levites received their 10% share from the other Israelites, it was required that they raise up their “tithe from the tithe” (i.e. “tenth of the tithe”) as a gift to God Himself before it was given to His priests. The “tithe from the tithe” had the status of a terumah, which meant that only a Kohen (descendant of the first High Priest Aaron) may eat it and it had to be kept in a state of purity.
Notice that the terumah applies to grain, wine and oil. The oil symbolizes the pouring out of the Spirit of the Living God while the grain and grape juice symbolizes Yeshua’s communion elements given first by a priest of the Order of Melchizedek (Genesis 14:18). The Old Testament terumah picture of the “tithe on the tithe” is a foreshadowing of the New Testament reality of the 10% earnest or deposit of the Holy Spirit that happens when by grace through faith Christ dwells in the heart of one who believes (Ephesians 2:8; 3:17):
“Now he that wrought us for this very thing is God, who gave unto us the EARNEST OF THE SPIRIT” (2 Corinthians 5:5 ASV emphasis mine).
“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation : in whom also after that ye believed , ye were SEALED WITH THAT HOLY SPIRIT OF PROMISE, WHICH IS THE EARNEST OF OUR INHERITANCE UNTIL THE REDEMPTION OF THE PURCHASED POSSESSION, unto the praise of His glory” (Ephesians 1:13-14 KJV emphasis mine).
Next time we will discuss the phrase “until the redemption of the purchased possession.” For now, let’s stand amazed at the deep meaning of the Hebrew Word Picture for the word “fullness” that was hidden thousands of years before Christ died for you and me on the cross, which puts an exclamation point to the 10% deposit (earnest) of the Holy Spirit Scriptures. The Hebrew Word Picture for mel-ay-aw’ “fullness” communicates that the water (i.e. the Holy Spirit and/or the Word) reveals the Shepherd (Yeshua) who shows us the Father. We should definitely raise our hands at the heave offering graciously given to us at the cross! Let’s worship the Lamb of God who is most worthy of our praise!
For those of you who are still wondering about our being filled with all the fullness of Christ, please remember that there’s a heavenly position of the 100% fullness of Christ and your manifest earthly condition of that heavenly position. Jesus Christ’s fullness of the Spirit was, is, and will always be 100%. Your fullness of His Spirit is not. Not yet, anyway. Any work of the Spirit in our lives grows as we obey the Father, and walk in the truth, faith and grace of the Son. Stay tuned, because a soon coming attraction is there is a Kingdom time and Kingdom place where “we all will come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Eph 4:13 KJV). Notice how it says “we all come… unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,” because this is both an individual and corporate work of His Spirit by the Blood according to the Father’s heart.
Copyright August 21, 2013 – Sapphire Throne Ministries – Robin Main
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