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The Reproduction and Multiplication of Thy Fullness
05/2003


“Then Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people.”  (Gen 25:8)

 

This remarkable verse struck and penetrated the author’s consciousness yesterday. (19 April 2003)  The testimony of his death is very comprehensive in understanding of the tripartite life of Abraham.  The phrase “gave up the ghost” (KJV) is ‘Gava’ means to breathe out his vital breath, denoting his spirit left his body.  “Abraham’s spirit was released” expressed in the amplified version.

 

The first clause “good”, ‘Towb’ is a Hebrew adjective describes the excellent beauty of well-being, goodness, happiness and prosperity.   In short, everything that constitutes a good thing or experience.  It signifies the state of his soul in a broad general sense as beautiful in character, excellent in virtue, good-natured, gracious attitude and pleasant personality.  Abraham was a kind soul.

 

The second clause “old age”, ‘Seybah’ is a feminine Hebrew noun described the physical gray hair of a person. (Deut 32:25)  The third clause “old man”, ‘Zager’ substantiate the physical aspect of his body.  It means one who is advanced in age after, “a very long life” (NEB), particularly, describing a man with an oil beard (Ezra 9:3).  These are the external feature of an elderly 175-year-old man.

 

However, the fourth clause is the most interesting and striking of all the description.  Abraham was “full of years” denoting the spiritual condition of this patriarch.  It caught the author’s attention that the words “of years” are in italics, indicating that they are not in the original text.  Abraham died “full”!!  This word, “full”, ‘Sabea’ describes copiousness or plenteousness.  It means to be sufficiently filled to the point of full satisfaction.  He died in a happy and contended manner in fulfilment of the gracious promise of 15:15, “you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried at a good old age.”

 

Indeed, Abraham lived “a full life” (Mof).  “…. he died at a good (ample, full) old age, an old man, satisfied and satiated…” (Amp).  How did Abraham manage to be satisfied with life?  Remember, Abraham died “full”!  In a literal sense, he was full and died having more than enough in life.  Abraham was full and he experienced the fullness in life.

 

Recalling the utterances of king David, “As with fatness and richness shall my soul be satisfied.” (Ps 63:5,  J.B. Rotherham version).  How did David managed to abide in the state of satisfaction (fullness) while living in a harsh, hostile environment in the wilderness of Judah.  David had a secret passion in life: “For since thou hast become my helper, overshadowed by thy wings, I sing for joy.  My soul cleaveth close in following thee.  Held fast by thine own right hand.” (Ps 63:7,8  ,  John Dewitt version).  His passion towards God, sustained him and overflowed with the goodness of God’s presence.  David had a feast of God’s presence that filled and satisfied his whole being fully.

 

“How can I pardon you?  For even your children have turned away, and worship gods that are not gods at all.  I fed my people until they were fully satisfied, and their thanks was to commit adultery, wholesale as they are well-fed, lusty stallions…” (Jer. 5:7,8  , The Living Bible).  As the above verse illustrated in a biological way that the stomach need to be fed, filled with much food before they are full (satisfied). In the pneumatology (the study of the spirit dimension), our belly (signify the human spirit, Pro. 20:27) must be filled up with wheat (signifying spiritual things, Songs of Sol. 7:2) in order to attain fullness.

 

“To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ” (Eph 3:8).  The inexhaustible, boundless riches of Christ refers to our enjoyment of the grace of redemption bestowed freely to us through His death and resurrection.  When we partake of the goodness and grace of God, we are actually enjoying the endless treasures of the riches of Christ.

 

“In order that you may be able to grasp with all the saints what is the breadth and width and height and depth, and to know experientially the love of the Christ which surpasses experiential knowledge in order that you may be filled up to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Eph 3:18,19, Wuest) The word fullness denotes completeness and thoroughness.  It described one who reaches the maximum limit of capacity.  In the content, it refers to the umlimitedness of Christ. 

 

“….You may be filled (through all your being) unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself.]! (Amp.)  The fullness describes the summit end-result of the ultimate experiences of the enjoyment of the riches of His love.  This fullness refers to His agape love. In reality, the fullness refers to the being and nature of God. God in essential is a “full” God: All of God is in all that He does as well as all that He is. Hence, when God love you, He loves you with His full love. The fullness also depicts one’s stature as a result of the growth in life. (Eph 4:13)

 

Our lord is rich today (Eph 2:4).  The rich enjoyment of the unsearchable riches of Christ, being filled entirely by the indwelling Christ is the sure way to become His fullness. In other word, we attained the fullness of Christ after having enjoyed His riches. This fullness is His expression in the earth through the Body of Christ (see Eph 1:23).  The church is the expression and the testimony of Christ today.  The world will see Jesus in us when we are full of Christ.  Hence, the vital need to become His loving bride that cleaves to Him allowing Him to fill us with Himself alone. The overflowing of the living water is the fullness of Christ living out Christ through us.

 

Remember, the sum of the whole matter: comprehending the fullness of His love. (According to the Ephesians epistle.) Abraham died full.  He lived a full life.  As the seed of Abraham, let us endeavour to live by Christ through grace by enjoying Christ intimately and richly day by day as our portion in life.  In the coming climax of the maturity of God’s kairos season, we shall become the fullness of Christ in the earth.  We shall walk in covenant relationship with each other, loving one another deeply to become our testimony in the eyes of the world, before we ‘sleep’. (John 17:21-23) 

 

 
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