• Michael Haldas

Fullness


“Fullness (pleroma), occurs a number of times in the New Testament…In Christian usage, it refers to a spiritual wholeness or completeness that is being manifested or revealed in some way. It is more than a Divine act – it carries with it something of the Divine itself (God Himself is the Fullness). It is not simply the action of God, but is itself God. Prior actions and words may have hinted at the fullness, but in the revelation of the fullness all hints will have passed away and been replaced by the fullness itself.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“Jesus is everything, God in all fullness; and in His human nature, resurrected and ascended, He is the created and glorified Head of all creation. Jesus Christ ends the alienation between God and creation, bringing creation as a sacrament into a living union with God.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Colossians 1:19-20)

“God who is beyond fullness did not bring creatures into being out of any need in Him, but so that He might enjoy their proportionate participation in Him, and that He might delight in His works, seeing them delighted and ever insatiably satisfied with the One who is inexhaustible.” (St. Maximus the Confessor)

“Nothing in this world can bring you the fullness of life that God wants you to know. You were created by God and for God, and your life cannot be full without Him.” (Colin Smith)

“This is the spiritual journey—to live into the fullness of Christ’s life within us.” (Phileena Heuertz)

"In this life there is not a perfection of a person but there can be a perfection of his or her faithfulness that leads to the fullness of grace." (A.K. Frailey)

“The fullness of life is knowing ourselves and giving back to others." (Abbot Tryphon)

“We humbly accept the fact that when we speak of absolute values, we are dealing with truths beyond our intellectual capabilities and experience.... we are at the very least obligated to be open to and tolerate of the views of others. Even the most complete and comprehensive sentence or definition of God can neither appropriate nor approach the fullness of the divine nature which always remains, incomprehensible, indeterminable and unqualified.” (Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew)

“God is perfect, He is faultless. And so, when Divine love becomes manifest in us in the fullness of Grace, we radiate this love...So God is in us, and He is present everywhere. It is God’s all-encompassing love that manifests itself in us." (Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica)

“Christ is born! If we glorify Him, we learn the Way to knowledge. We discover the fullness of Truth that undergirds everything worth knowing, for we shall know Life Himself.” (Dynamis 12/23/2013)

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