Getting it….whatever “it” is

Christ is set firmly at the Father’s right hand in heavenly places, far above principalities, and authority, and every name named, not only in this age (Paul’s) but in ages to come and put everything at His feet and made Him head of the assembly, His body, the fullness of Him who is filling the all in all.  Eph. 1:20b-22a

Ideas about Jesus and messages from Him are contained in scripture and teaching, but Jesus Himself is not contained by them. Great teachers, or even the Bible itself can talk about the properties of love, grace, and truth but cannot cause us to believe them or be transformed by them. It is the Holy Spirit Who takes our encounters with teaching and scripture beyond instructive and informative and makes them life-giving and transformative. Christ who is Lover of the world, gracious and merciful Forgiver of sins, Redeemer of humankind, Victor over death, hell and the grave, Filler of the all in all, is the final Authority. He is the filter though which we respond to everything else, including what is taught and written about Him.

Jesus, You are it.