Editorials -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 099:395 (Jul 1942)
Article: Editorials
Author: Anonymous


Editorials

Pleeroma

The word pleeroma, translated fullness, indicates that to which nothing could be added. Its use when referring to the Godhead, to Christ, or to the believer, declares that a fullness exists which includes all that could be included. In introducing the grace relationship between the Christian and Christ as in contrast to the Mosaic system of merit which had obtained for 1500 years, John the Baptist declared, “And of his fulness [pleeroma] have all we received, and grace for [upon] grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:16, 17). So great is the divinely-intended change from the administration or reign of the law to the administration or reign of sovereign grace. Thus the Apostle, after having asserted that Christ is Creator of all things, visible and invisible, and the Head of the body, the Church, goes on to say, “For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness [pleeroma] dwell” (Col 1:16–19); and that fullness (pleeroma) is final in its amplitude for in the same epistle (2:9, 10) it is written: “For in him [Christ] dwelleth all the fulness [pleeroma] of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete [pleeroma] in him [Christ], which is the head of all principality and power.” Grace added to grace (John 1:16) brings the least of all believers into the position in Christ wherein all that Christ is is imputed to him, and Christ is the fulness (pleeroma) of the Godhead. Of that fulness (pleeroma) have we all received.

The Pastor’s Objective

In the present time of ecclesiastical strife there is grave danger that the real motive or object in the pastorate may be forgotten. The pastor is a shepherd who not only tends the flock of God by divine appointment, but who is expected to

manifest the devotion and compassion of the One under whose appointment he serves. His pattern is Christ who gave His life for the sheep, and because of this sacrifice Christ is rightly termed the Good Shepherd. No more explicit admonition has been written than that contained in Acts 20:28, “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over...

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