The Promise of Christ’s Fullness for Our Emptiness

Philippians 4:19; Colossians 1:19; 2:9
       But my God shall supply all your need according to the riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
       For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell…For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

GEORGE WHITEFIELD (1714-1770): There is a fullness of grace, a fullness of truth, a fullness of righteousness in the dear Lord Jesus.

JOHN CALVIN (1509-1564): It is Christ alone, therefore, Who connects heaven and earth: He is the only Mediator Who reaches from heaven down to earth: He is the One through Whom the fullness of all celestial blessings flows down to us, and through Whom we, in turn, ascend to God.

JOHN NEWTON (1725-1807): Our righteousness is in Him, and our hope depends not upon the exercise of grace in us, but upon the fullness of grace and love in Him, and upon His obedience unto death.

ROBERT MURRAY M’CHEYNE (1813-1843): Oh, what need of full supplies out of Christ’s fullness!

EDWARD PAYSON (1783-1827): This St. Paul well knew, and therefore, when he wished Christians to be filled with the fullness of God, he prayed that they might know the love of Christ…Indeed, the apostle tells us, that the love of Christ passeth knowledge; and at the same time intimates that it is exceedingly important to know as much of it as is possible, and that, in proportion as we know it, we shall be filled with the fullness of God, Ephesians 3:19.

JAMES DURHAM (1622-1658): And therefore, on the one side, we would commend to you the study of Christ’s worth, and upon the other, an high estimation of Him, as that which will fix your faith, and love, and hope on Him. This we see to be in a high degree in Paul, Philippians 3:8, I count all things to be but loss and dung for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, and His transcendent worth. You would not think it lost labour, to read and study these places of Scripture, that show what our Lord Jesus is, in His person, natures, and offices, that you may have the faith of His Godhead fixed, and may be clear as to the excelling fullness that is in Him―study His excellent properties, His eternity, omnipotency, faithfulness, mercy, etc., common to Him with the Father and Holy Ghost, and the excellent qualifications that as Mediator He is replenished with, being full of grace and truth, and in all things having the preeminence, John 1:14; Colossians 1:18.

JOHN WESLEY (1703-1791): How much soever any man has attained, or in how high a degree soever he is perfect, he hath still need to “grow in grace,” and daily to advance in the knowledge and love of God his Saviour.

D. L. MOODY (1837-1899): A man can no more take in a supply of grace for the future than he can eat enough for the next six months or take sufficient air into his lungs at one time to sustain life for a week. We must draw upon God’s boundless store of grace from day to day, as we need it.

SAMUEL RUTHERFORD (1600-1661): Make the seeking of Christ your daily task.

ANDREW FULLER (1754-1815): Dwell on the freeness, and fullness, and all-sufficiency of His grace, and how welcome even the worst of sinners are, who, renouncing all other refuges, flee to Him.

MATTHEW HENRY (1662-1714): There is an inexhaustible fullness of grace and mercy in God, which the prayers of all the saints can never draw dry. Whatever we may ask, or think to ask, still God is still able to do more, abundantly more―exceedingly abundantly more.

C. H. SPURGEON (1834-1892): God’s promises are not exhausted when they are fulfilled, for when once performed, they stand just as good as they did before, and we may await a second accomplishment of them. Man’s promises, even at the best, are like a cistern which holds but a temporary supply; but God’s promises are as a fountain, never emptied, ever overflowing, so that you may draw from them the whole of that which they apparently contain, and they shall be still as full as ever.

J. C. RYLE (1816-1900): There is an infinite fullness in Jesus Christ.

LADY THEODOSIA POWERSCOURT (1800-1836): How can we want, when united to Him! we have a right to use all His riches. Our wealth is His riches and glory. With Him nothing can be withheld. Eternal life is ours, with the promise that all shall be added.

HUDSON TAYLOR (1832-1905): He is pledged to supply all our need.

ROBERT MURRAY M’CHEYNE: Are we empty? we can look up to Him for immediate supply.

WILLIAM JAY (1769-1853): Put your finger on the promise, and plead, “When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, I the Lord will hear them,” Isaiah 41:17. Tell him you are poor and needy. Spread out your wants before Him. Take your emptiness to His fullness. There is an infinite supply with Him for everything you need, at the very moment you need it.

CHARLES BRIDGES (1794-1869): Thus let us daily explore “the length, and the breadth, and the depth” of our boundless stores, until we be “filled with all the fullness of God.”

C. H. SPURGEON: Oh, believers, resort to the Lord, to receive out of His fullness grace for grace…Is it not written, “My God shall supply all your need?” He shall cause all grace to abound towards you. “Fear not thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the Lord, and thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel,” Isaiah 41:14.

LADY THEODOSIA POWERSCOURT: “Fear not.” According to your want shall be your supply, “The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I trust in Him,” Lamentations 3:24.

C. H. SPURGEON: “Ah, but,” saith one, “I shall surely be afraid to die, for I am afraid of it even now.” “He that liveth and believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live,” John 11:25. “When thou passest through the rivers, I will be with thee,” Isaiah 43:2. Death is swallowed up in victory. Having loved His own which are in the world, He will love them to the end. Thou shalt have such faith in dying moments that thou shalt say: “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

JOHN FAWCETT (1740-1817): A fullness resides in Jesus our Head,
                                                                 Our need to supply wher’ere we be led,*
                                                              When troubles attend, or danger, or strife,
                                                             His love will defend, and guard us thro’ life:
                                                             And when we are fainting, and ready to die,
                                                               Whatever is lacking, His hand will supply.
*Editor’s Note: We have taken a rare editorial liberty with the second line of John Fawcett’s hymn. His original line reads thus: “And ever abides to answer our need.” Unfortunately, no matter how one twists his tongue around it, it is impossible to make Fawcett’s original second line fit with his own rhyme scheme. And this single rhyming inconsistency grates on the ear, and jars the mind. So we altered it with a rhyme that still expresses the same point Fawcett makes in his original line, and which is also the theme running through his entire hymn. The quoted portion is combined from stanzas 1 & 5.


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