1: Paul an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God to the saints which are at Ephesus and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: 2: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and Lord Jesus Christ. 3: Blessed the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ :4 According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and without blame before him in love 1 Peter 1:20, Revelation 13:8 5: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself according to the good pleasure of his will, 6: To the praise of the glory of his grace wherein he has made us accepted in the beloved 7: In whom we have redemption through his blood the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of his grace 8: Wherein he has abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9: Having made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure which he has purposed in himself 10: That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ both which are in heaven and which are on earth even in him 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, 2 Corinthians 5:10 11: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance being predestinated according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his own will: 12: That we should be to the praise of his glory who first trusted in Christ 13: In whom you also gave audience after that you heard the word of truth the message of your salvation in whom also after that you believed you were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise 14: Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession [Physical Bodies Romans 8:23] to the praise of his glory 15: Wherefore I also after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and love unto all the saints, 16: Cease not to give thanks for you making mention of you in my prayers 17: That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ the Father of glory may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened that you may know what is the hope of his calling and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19: And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe according to the working of his mighty power, 20: Which he wrought in Christ whom he raised from the dead and set at his own right hand in the heavenly places 21: Far above all principality and power Ephesians 6:10-12 and might and dominion and every name that is named Acts 4:10-12 not only in this age but also in that which is to come: 22: And has put all under his feet and committed to him [the] headship over [the] entire congregation 23: Which is his body 1 Corinthians 12:11-27 the fullness of him who fills all in all
 Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God; How can they hear without a preacher? Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel; it pleased God that by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe; whosoever believes on Him shall not perish…; The scriptures are clear on the order of salvation, that first we hear, then we believe, then we receive and are born-again by the Spirit. All of this happens in conjunction with the help of the Holy Spirit, who draws, convicts, woo’s, then baptizes into the Body of Christ.
 Notice, there is no mention of “trickle-down-headship” in this verse. The entire headship is committed to the Messiah. No human can lay claim to the word “headship” for themselves. It belongs only to the creator; to He in whom we live and move and have our being. Jesus created all things. Jesus alone gives life. Jesus alone created, builds, and nourishes The Church (which is His Body—the Body of Christ). No human has the power or authority to lay claim to any of these things. The word “headship” is an over-used and violently abused word within the Christian community. It is a word that should be reserved to Christ alone, but instead is bandied about in an entirely casual and heretical manner by men who would be God.
 How is the church, which is Christ’s body, the “fullness” of Christ? Is Christ somehow incomplete--imperfect? The obvious answer to that question is a resounding, No! But let’s do a word study and see what the apostle could have meant when he used the word, “fullness,” in reference to Christ. The word, fullness, as used in this verse, derives from the Greek word “Pleroma” (Strong’s G4138) which literally means “what fills,” repletion, or completion. In turn, Pleroma is derived from Strong’s G4137, “Pleroo,” which has a variety of meanings: to cram, level up, furnish, imbue, diffuse, influence, satisfy, execute, finish, verify, coincide (as in coincide with a prediction). Pleroo, is derived from yet another Greek word, Strong’s G4134, “Pleres,” which means replete, covered, complete. But we are not yet finished with this word study; Pleres, is derived from yet another Greek word, Strong’s G4130, “Pletho,” which is a form of the primary root word, “Pleo,” which means: influence, supply, fulfill. There we have it. The mystery of how the Church can be the “fullness” of Christ. The word “Fill,” derived from G4137, “Pleroo,” has a connotation of “fulfillment”—as in the fulfillment of that which is predicted. So we understand, the idea is completion of that which has been predicted or prophesied concerning the Christ. The church is the completion, the fulfillment, of that which was prophesied. To claim otherwise is to suggest that Jesus Christ himself is somehow incomplete without the church. But we know that is not true, as all the fullness of the Godhead dwells in him bodily (in physical form). Therefore, he is and always has been complete. Our Creator and Savior, does not need the Church to complete him. But the church is the fulfillment of that which has been prophesied. This also relates to the issue of male headship (as this “completion” teaching has been applied to God’s human creation in the most detrimental of ways). The teaching that woman was created to represent the Church in order to complete the image of God in man, is error. Both male and female were created individually complete (completely in the image of God). They do not need each other in order to form a complete image of God. Woman does not complete man. Just so, the Church does not complete Christ. Every human being, saved or unsaved, married, or unmarried, is created fully and completely in the image of God. But the living organism (based on relationship—not organization) called the Church, is the completion (fulfillment) of that which was prophesied concerning Messiah. Only the Church is composed of those who can simply call on the name of the Lord to be saved Joel 2:32, Acts 2:16.
Do you have the assurance of knowing that if you died today, you have Eternal Life?
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