Eph 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
The word for “fullness” in verse twenty-three, of Ephesians chapter one, is a most interesting word. Allow me to define it for you. Envision that you have a bottle filled with Coca Cola. What is the Coca Cola? Is it the bottle, or is it the liquid inside of it? I would propose to you that it is that brown, sweet, delightful liquid that we gulp down and enjoy. So what is this fluid called Coca Cola made out of? Well, it is made up of every ingredient that is perfectly mixed in its required quantities and precise order, to lawfully recognize and labeled it as this reality that we call Coca Cola. This is the fullness of Coca Cola! In other words, the fullness of Coca Cola is the very essence and nature of this liquid, which makes it to be Coca Cola and nothing else. The fullness of God then, describes the very essence, the reality, and the evidence of who God is. It also describes to us every attribute and characteristic that is required, to make God, God.
The church is the fullness of God! The Lord has called upon the church to manifest Him in His very essence and reality. He has also summoned the church to manifest every attribute and characteristic that makes up the whole essence and reality of who He is. This is called the glory of God, or allowing the invisible God to become accurately identifiable.
Let us simplify this by taking the example of one believer. A young lady in a local assembly is a totally surrendered, yielded, and obedient vessel to the Lord Jesus. She allows the Lord to deal with her, touch her, and to transform her in every aspect of her life. This occurs through the process of the death and resurrection of the Lord within her. Whatever the Lord touches in her life by His cross, He then fills with His fullness. In theory, if this believer would yield every aspect of her life to the Lord, she would be filled with the fullness of God. In the phrase, “the fullness of him that filleth all in all.” the Lord describes Himself as “the God who desires to fill every person, and every part of that person, with Himself.” However God wants to go further still. He is not only satisfied with filling every part of one believer with Himself. In any local assembly, God desires to fill every part of every believer within Himself. As this takes place, the fullness of the Lord becomes manifested through that local assembly.
Wherever the glory of the Lord is displayed, multitudes will always throng to hear Him and to be ministered to by Him. This is the definition of revival, and it can only occur through the manifested presence of the Lord. Revival is one of the primary functions and responsibilities of every local assembly. I have always been sadly puzzled with many of our church strategies, and church growth programs, developed in attempts to draw people to them. We only need to allow the Lord Jesus to be amply manifested in His glory. The multitudes will surely follow. Jesus did not have to bring revival. He is “the revival.” The more that He becomes manifested; an automatic revival will always ensue. The NT Testament church model demands that every believer must be touched, transformed, and filled by the Lord Jesus in every aspect of his or her life for the model to work at its peak.
Matthew 4:25 And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan.
Luke 5:15 But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities.