Awakening to the Fulness of Christ
By Apostle Eric vonAnderseck
Isn’t it perplexing when someone says one thing and then runs around doing things so counter to what they had just said? You wonder if they’ve understood the true meaning of their words in the first place.
Someone recently claimed that God gave them a prophetic word: "I saw a clock and the clock hands were moving fast around the clock to bring the people of God to the place of fullness."
Are you looking for the fulness of Christ? (Flickr)
This was interpreted to mean that the time between promise and fulfillment would be quickened. One thing you need to know about the devil is that everything he does is on the basis of the pretense of a promise where you’re always waiting for God to do something and that means that you’re not living in the reality of His promise in Christ NOW.
You’ll also notice that Satan packages his promises in vagueness where you are led to imagine (envision) what you want/need God to do for you or for the church. In this false word, the devil promises a “place” of fulness and you are led to think about what that place means to you.
Fulness though is not a “place”. Fulness is in Christ and Christ is in the covenant. If you want to possess His fulness you have to follow the terms of the covenant.
What IS the Fulness of Christ?
Don’t you want to live the fulness of Christ?
To not get tangled up in the devil’s lure, we need to know what the fulness of Christ is. The fulness of Christ in His covenant – His truth – His spiritual tools – His priesthood. All of which has already been restored to the church in the silent work of God. In this way God has been testing hearts to see who truly loves Him according to Christ and who loves Him according to the pretense of promise.
The AWAKENING of the church is to the FULNESS of Christ. So there is a need to understand and accept God’s definition for fulness.
“Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” (Ephesians 1:23)
Faith is meant to reflect the reality of Christ rather than the types and shadows revealed in Moses and the Prophets. This is why our faith is built upon the 12 foundation stones of knowledge. Each element (foundation stone) reflects Jesus perfectly. The altar of Christ is constructed of these same stones and the priesthood reflects His knowledge in prophecy.
As our faith reciprocates the Father’s joy so also does the Father reciprocate His joy in the full measure of the fruits of the Spirit, filling our soul with the substance of Christ.
You might be thinking of the fulness of time between God’s promise and its fulfillment. For example, God promises to send the Messiah and in the appointed time Jesus was born.
But don’t confuse the appointed time with the fulness of Christ. These are two separate things. The fulness of Christ is the sign of Christ in our redemption. Everything that God had intended for us to experience was placed in Jesus as the covenant transitioned from Moses to Himself.
For example: God promised you rest for your soul. He made His promise in Jesus Christ and symbolized it in the tokens of Moses (where the promise was seen in part – hence not in the fulness of Christ).
God assigned a day of the week (the Sabbath) to symbolize His promise in Christ, but when Jesus came, He fulfilled the sign in Himself. Therefore “rest” is one of the 12 elements of the gospel. We experience the fulness of His rest now in that we no longer strive against the flesh, struggling against sin, trying to enter into the promise of rest that the devil placed in the moral code and in the signature of the soul.
I hear the shouts of protest from many in the current Christian culture, “We don’t care about doctrine! We don’t care about truth! We only care about bringing souls into the Kingdom!” You have to care about what God cares about. You cannot bring souls into “the Kingdom” if you cannot bring them into covenant with God to nurture them in the environment that God planned for them to experience the fulness of Christ.
The Kingdom of God is manifested in the new covenant –the covenant of Jesus Christ. If you do not know about the fulness of Christ for your rest, how will you teach those to whom you preach Christ? You’ll promise them life in Christ, but leave them stranded in a dingy in the middle of the ocean. They would continue in the same struggle that plagues the church, fighting the same losing battle.
God designed your soul after His own likeness as He said in Genesis1:26, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” God labored for 6 days and entered into His rest on the 7th day. Your soul is designed to labor to enter into rest. We all do that. It is common to all mankind. We labor to enter into rest. The problem is that when the soul labors with things that are less than God the soul cannot rest. Meaning, cannot find completion. God planned that we would only be complete in Him. And here we see another definition for the fulness of Christ.
Without God’s chosen apostles to lead the church and teach the church how to select the things of Christ for faith’s labor, a believer continues to choose the things of the flesh, seeking rest in the wrong places.
Right now the church is laboring with false knowledge (Satan’s pretense of promise), seeking rest to escape the weariness God assigned to the flesh. They want the power, but deny the covenant terms and contact points in Christ that God assigned to His fulness. That means that you’re still following that which is in part – denying the fulness of Christ.
What you do says more than what you say. If you labor with the things of the flesh and say you are zealously awaiting the fulness of Christ, what you are doing is counter to what you are saying. It’s also call living a lie. If you live the lie – you preach the lie.
For far too long the devil has pulled the wool over the eyes of the church. The church is NOW awakening to this deception to understand that a transition needs to take place to the fulness of Christ. That which is in part has been done away.
That might not mean a lot to you unless you tie that to your present experience. So let’s take a quick trip down memory lane to get an accurate idea of where the church is at right now. I want you to think about everything you have heard and experienced yourself to describe what is wrong with the church – to describe what is missing.
Read through the testimonies below. Some of them I know will hit pretty close to home. And then fill in the blank with your own testimony:
“I had given up on church. I didn’t want to give up on God. But I can’t seem to connect with Him when I go to church.”
“There’s something missing from my faith. I did everything I was told to do and nothing fills that hole for God.”
“I attended every kind of Christian conference hoping to get revived and revitalized, but by the time I reached my car in the parking lot, I knew I hadn’t received anything lasting.”
“I sang, I danced, I shouted – I feel like an idiot. Nothing changed! When will God send what we truly need?”
You may write down your own experience here:
Now that God has restored the covenant knowledge, terms, tools, and priesthood to the church, believers are again experiencing the fulness of Christ in their day-to-day living. We are living our faith and are equipped against the deceptive seed thought that the awakening will come at a meeting where the power of God will suddenly and miraculously move.
The outward signs that God has assigned to the church will come in its season, but will not replace the silent sign of Christ in His covenant. What some ministers are promising is that you can catch the wave of the open sign and ignore God’s will in the silent sign and still please God. That is a strong delusion – a contradiction in terms – and the ultimate lie.
The 5 Key Definitions of Grace
People of God, there are 5 key definitions God assigned to the element grace. The 5th definition is awakening. The grace of God does these things for you every day:
1. Communication – Jesus promised He would manifest Himself to us. John 14:21
2. Revelation - The revelation of God to man is Jesus Christ. Ephesians 1:17
3. Illumination - The light of the knowledge of Christ enters the soul. Hebrews 10:32
4. Enlightenment - God grants understanding with knowledge. Ephesians 1:18
5. Awakening - God awakens the soul out of slumber with an urgency to know Him. Ephesians 5:14
There are 9 different operations of God in grace, the first of which is to draw faith from the heart. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Faith is the mirror image of Jesus Christ. And what did God say about Jesus? He said, “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” Faith pleases God when it reflects and expresses Jesus Christ perfectly. Nothing of Jesus is missing and nothing of man is added. Here is another important definition of fulness.
The devil’s pretense of promise sounds like this, “In this whirlwind of acceleration you are coming alive to the life that was purchased for you and was always yours.” Do you see the promise without the covenant? Do you also see the reaching after something one does not currently possess?
The false promise is that you’ll just be caught up into a time where all your prayers will come to pass and all your dreams will come true and you’ll be in “that place” where you always wanted to be. Satan’s promises are always ambiguous – the covenant is NOT!
When you are in covenant with God you are no longer waiting for those things to happen. The fulness of Christ is not circumstantial, but lived out in the abundance of grace and peace issued daily from the throne of God.
There are terms to God’s covenant that if you know them and keep them, the grace of God is experienced daily –NOW.
There are commandments to the new covenant that if you know them and keep them, this new law of grace and truth is the new power by which you walk – NOW.
There is a new priesthood for your faith to express Jesus, to prophesy and testify of Him, to return to the Lord His gift. When you honor God by first obeying this commandment He reciprocates in the power of the Spirit the many increases of His grace – NOW.
When you are in covenant with God you understand what pleases God – it isn’t more souls into His kingdom (He will do that). What pleases God is fruit – the fruit of Christ that is formed in the soul by the power of God. Jesus said it, “Herein is My Father glorified that you bear forth much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.” (John 15:8)
The AWAKENING Requires Choice of Will
People of God, you cannot suddenly come into covenant with God. God made it a necessary choice of your WILL. You have to exercise your will with the knowledge of the covenant in the presence of His grace. Grace + Faith = Righteousness
I’ve posted the teaching the Lord gave to me to give to the church in the link above and at You Tube. You will hear what the Lord has to say about the fulness of Christ, the joy of the Lord and this fruit bearing season He has assigned to the church.
Listen to the teaching. Let the words of the Lord reach you. Trust that He will give you an understanding heart.
A word the Lord gave me during the preaching:
“God is now restoring to His church – to His people – to those who consented – He’s restoring to us this knowledge for our joy, that we could endure the greatest time of history of the world, called the end times. The grace of God is increasing towards us. Even the greater works of the Spirit in these end times is greater than that of the former times of the First 8th Week.”
[Eric vonAnderseck serves the Body of Christ as a confirmed Apostle in the government of God. He is the founder of Second 8th Week Ministries & founder of the Network of Apostles Today. He is the IDCCST® Christian Education Curriculum author and author of over 100 ground breaking books and articles, spearingheading the return of the apostolic calling and anointing to the church.
Apostle Eric ministers extensively nationally and internationally. He is the pioneer of the new apostolic age and recognized as the leading authority in the fields of church growth, foundation building, spiritual gifts and spiritual warfare, and the leading voice in the transition of the church into the new apostolic season and reformation.]
Last Revised: 2016-06-19