“There was in Stephen and the saints the fullness of a container, but in Christ, there is the fullness of a spring. Their fullness was given to them by someone else and so is derivative. In Christ, there is the fullness of a fountain, which proceeds from himself and depends on no one else. The medieval scholastic theologians expressed this well when they said that Christ’s and the saints’ fullness differ as fire and things set on fire. The fullness of the ocean is too small to express this. The removal of even a drop or two diminishes it to some degree, but you can light a thousand torches from the fullness of fire and it is not diminished at all.”
John Preston, The Fullness of Christ
What does it look like? I’ve always thought of something being “full” as a glass of water that is full just past the brim about to run over. While I still think that is an appropriate picture, I now believe that true fullness is represented by that same glass spilling over it’s contents.
Bill Johnson has said, “Fullness is measured in overflow.” and that is a good measuring stick. Jesus didn’t say drink of the water I have and have a full heart. No, He said that out of your heart will flow rivers of living water.