THE ONLY MEASURE THAT MATTERS
August 4, 2009 by eaglerj
Ephesians 4:11. And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
12. for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
13. till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
14. that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,
15. but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head–Christ–
16. from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
In the above verses we find what I believe is the only measure that really matters: “to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”.
As we have seen previously in our look at what happened in the Garden of Eden, measures cause humans to abandon relationship in favour of power. But this isn’t the case in respect to God the Father/Son/Holy Spirit. Within the Godhead measures do not bring about the abandonment of relationship because they (Father/Son/Holy Spirit) are all-powerful to start with.
The incarnation of Christ takes on even greater significance when we realise that Jesus was able to disempower the measures that people tried to place upon Him because of His all-powerful relationship with Papa and Holy Spirit.
You see, Jesus did not come seeking a relationship with the human race, He already had the best possible relationship that anyone could imagine. Rather, He came toinvite us to become part of the relationship that He already has with Papa and Holy Spirit.
The “fullness of Christ” we see in the Scripture above is in fact the perfection of the relationship that exists in the Godhead. There is no competition in that relationship, there are no performance standards, there is no condemnation but there is endless love. It is this same relationship, where ungodly measures are powerless and love is all-powerful, which will be the hallmark of the Body of Christ in the earth.
So, when we take up Jesus’ invitation to be part of that relationship we too will find ourselves increasingly immune to measures and more willing to embrace relationship in preference to power.