For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell (Col 1:19)
For in Him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily (Col 2:9)
The fullness of God is something that is incredibly difficult to be described precisely in our own language. I do not what the best definition of it is, but I do want to share how I think we can experience it.
Consider Paul’s writing in Ephesians 3:16-19,
16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to comprehend how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Obviously, Paul wrote these words after having experienced Christ’s love. His prayer here is not just for us tmemorizese about the width, length, height, and depth of God ‘s love, but to actually comprehend it. The reason? So that we can be filled with the fullness of God!
To be filled with the fullness of God requires us to first comprehend the dimensions of love with all the saints. Merely knowing the Scripture in your head, therefore, doesn’t equal to experiencing His fullness in the spirit.
I think this is why sometimes we can find ourselves or others who, although seem to have hit every doctrine right, are still demonstrating very little joy in singing songs of praise, showing little compassion to others’ vulnerable sharing, or showing little interest in pursuing love on top of knowledge. As we desire to be filled with the fullness of God, let us also increase in our hunger of just not knowing the Scripture but also comprehending, grasping, and experiencing His love that surpasses knowledge.