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                                        Colossians 2:9-10

"For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power."
                       New King James Bible

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Greek Words for "Fullness"

Pleroma (play-ro-mah): Fullness, Fulfillment, Fulfilling.

Pleroo (play-ro'-o): To Fulfill, make full, to be filled full, complete,fulfilled, filled, full, fulfill, complete, ended, accomplish,after, expired, fill up, fill with, filled with, filleth,, fill, full come, fully, make full, perfect, supply.

The Strong's Concordance tells us that the word "fullness" found in the New Testament In Colossians 2:9-10 comes from the Greek word "pleroma" (play-ro-mah). Upon further study one can also find that the English word fulfill is also known as the Greek word "pleroo" (play-ro'-o). The Strong's Concordance actually references to "pleroo" as the verb form of "pleroma".

Words for Study: "Fullness" "Complete" "Power"

Hebrew Word for "Fullness"

Male or Mala'
Male (maw-lay') or Mala (maw-law"): also used with compound common names. To fill up, be full, to be ordained, fulfilled, to be filled, become filled up, to fill up, satisfy, ordain, consecrate, to be set, to unite together, "to fill the hand" means to ordain or consecrate for service to God. Filled, full, fill, fulfill, accomplished, wholly, consecrate, consecrated, replenish, set, consecrate, expired, consecrated, filleth, replenish, accomplish, at an end, become full, confirm, consecrate, drew with full strength, derst presume, fenced, filledst, fillest, fully set, fully, fullness, furnish unto, gather together, gathered, gather, gave in full tale, overfloweth, overflown, satisfied, satisfy, space, took a handful, went fully.

In the Hebrew as well as the Greek the word fullness means that which is completely filled with the presence of God and all His power, His riches, and His abundance. It is a filling to the point of overflow, complete saturation of not only His character but His abilities, His power, His authority and His agency. Totally and completely empowered in and through all He is. Colissians 2:9-10 tells us that within Jesus dwells all the "fullness" of God. Every thing God is, every thing God has, dwells in complete fullness in His Son Christ Jesus and it goes on to say in Colossians 2:9-10 the "we are complete in Him". We are complete in Christ. So therefore we too can have the very fullness of God dwelling within us.

Greek Word for "Complete"

Pleroo (play-ro'-o): To Fulfill, make full, to be filled full, complete,fulfilled, filled, full, fulfill, complete, ended, accomplish,after, expired, fill up, fill with, filled with, filleth,, fill, full come, fully, make full, perfect, supply.

 

The Hebrew Word for "Complete"

Tamim (taw-meem'): without defect, blameless, perfect, without blemish, perfect, upright, without spot, whole uprightly,  sincerely, complete, full sincerity, sound, undefiled, uprightly.

Our English word "complete" finds its roots in both the Greek word Pleroo (play-ro-o) and the Hebrew word Tamim (taw-meem). Just as the word fullness means that which is completely filled with the presence of God and all His power, His riches, and His abundance. It is a filling to the point of overflow, complete saturation of not only His character but His abilities, His power, His authority and His agency. Totally and completely empowered in and through all He is. So too does complete mean those very things yet so much more. For in finding completeness in Christ we also find that every blemish is removed, our spirit is changed to become without spot or wrinkle. In finding our completeness in Christ we are without defect and we are held blameless. We become whole in Christ. And without Him there is no soundness of spirit, soul or body. It is time or us to know who we are in Christ, just who the Word of God says we are. it is time for us to know that because Christ finds His fullness in God and we find completeness in Christ we have the very power to command that Christ Himself did when he walked this earth as a man and the very power he still has at His command today.

Greek Word for "Power"

Exousia (ex-oo-see'-ah): authority, power, the right to controll or govern, dominion, the area or sphere of jurisdiction, a ruler, human or supernatural, power, authority, powers, power over, right, authorities, jurisdiction, liberty, strength.

 

Hebrew Word for "Power"

Mashal (maw-shal'): to rule, govern. control, make one a ruler, dominion, rule, ruler, ruleth, ruled, reign, rulers govenor, have dominion, reigned, have power, have rule, indeed have dominion, rule over, rulest, ruling, bare rule, barest rule, bear rule, bearest rule, cause to rule over, dominion, governors, had dominion, madest to have dominion, reignest, rulers. 

While the Greek and the Hebrew words for the English word "power" can have several meanings, in this instance in the Scripture Colossians 2:9-10 the Greek word Esousia (ex-oo-see'-ah) and the Hebrew word Mashal (maw-shal') are the words that are used here and it is their meanings that apply. In this scripture the word power denotes dominion and authority. God has dominion and authority to govern, to rule and to reign over all principalities and other lesser powers. "BUT"... it is not just that God has the "right " to rule and reign (which He does), But... it is the fact that  God... IS... literally "Exousia and Mashal. God does not just have the ability to reign in power and authority, He IS all power and all authority. It IS who He IS not just what He has. And it is because all Gods fullness dwells in Christ, that not only all God has but all God IS dwells in Christ, so Christ not only has the right to rule and reign and have authority and dominion and all power, but because the fullness of God dwells in Christ therefore Christ IS all power and all authority. And therefore... because we are complete in Christ, because we find our completeness in Him, we have the privilege and we have the right to rule and reign. We have the privilege  and the right to have dominion and  authority over all principalities and powers because of who we are in Christ and whose we are. We are the Kings kids. And because we are children of God we have the privilege and the right and "The Power to Command".

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The Power to Command