Proclaiming The Perfect Man
We all come
into … the knowledge of the Son of God,
to a Perfect man,
Asleep in the Light.
The other night I had a dream. There was a house in the sky, and another on the earth. A friend of mine, using a square, was struggling to build a corridor or a partition to connect the two, to bring together the above and the below. Unsuccessful, he was requesting assistance, but strangely enough, a bowl of fruit was used to explain that we did not need to build a bridge, Ephesians 5:14.
To the children in spiritual understanding and the "infants in Christ," who still perceive a gulf between heaven and earth, Christ can be the bridge. In love, for their sake we “acknowledge nothing… except Jesus Christ crucified," for not in every man is the knowledge (gnosis) of God. For them are given the parables, 1 Corinthians 2:1, 1 Corinthians 3:1 , 1 Corinthians 8:7, Mark 4:11.
However, we know we cannot be separated from a God who fills all things, or from a kingdom that spreads over all the earth. For us, the chasm no longer exists. To us, Christ is so much more than a link. Christ is the All – perfected, the consummation, the Perfect Man, and the firstborn among many brethren, Thomas 51, 113, Ephesians 4:13.
"The deep things of God," are for those who have attained to a level of spiritual insight. And so, we “speak Wisdom among those who are mature ( teleios); the hidden Wisdom of God, which God ordained before the ages or aeons for our glory,” 1 Corinthians 2:6.
“We all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a Perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,” Ephesians 4:13.
This is the fulfillment, the pleroma, the completion of all things. Within this Christ, the “ Perfect Man,” dwells all the fullness, or the pleroma which perfects or completes, and reunites all things, Colossians 2:9.
The Pleroma - The Realm of Fulness, Completion and Perfection
This Christ, the One Body, the Perfect Man, is the bodily representation of a perfected universe. In Him dwells all the “fullness”… bodily, Colossians 2:9, Ephesians 1:23, Ephesians 2:16, Ephesians 4:4.
And yet, all creation is groaning, waiting to be made whole. What does this mean? Romans 8:22.
What does it mean to be incomplete, lacking, wanting, and partial?
“Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart” the Old Natural Man, unaware of the One Body and the One God and Father of All, perceives the universe as divided and subdivided into incomplete black and white dichotomies, Ephesians 4:18.
All the individual blocks of the universe are perceived as partitioned or segregated one from the other. Even the atom, once thought to be indivisible, was later described as a positive proton and negative electrons. In this worldview, observation is understood in dichotomies, light and dark, male and female, upper and lower, inner and outer. The building blocks are divided into two, separated one from the other, into distinct and unique realms. By subdividing reality, through the limited perception of his darkened mind, he separates himself even from the divine. This natural man isolates and focuses on one half of this divided reality. Heaven and earth become estranged one from another, Galatians 3:28.
For this reason, everything in his reality seems lacking or incomplete. This dual reality is not viewed holistically, but is separation and division. In this realm of alienation pain, suffering, and death becomes the common experience. Everything created, built or given birth is seemingly lacking, incomplete and immature. In this divided false reality everything is constructed with imperfect and deficient building blocks, Thomas 72.
If we were to build a house made of bricks that were half missing, or whose internal structure was removed, then the house would not be strong. With a renewed mind, make the two into one; the inner must be joined to the outer. The above must be united with the below; the head with the body; the foundation with the structure; the root with the branches, John 15:5, Ephesians 2:20, Thomas 22.
Christ is the vine – we are the branches.
If every building block was a piece of fruit, and if we were filling a fruit basket, then we would be using pieces of fruit that have been cut in half, bottom from top. The fruit basket would not turn out complete. Neither would it be becoming. For "if one is divided, one will be filled with darkness... but ... if one is whole, one will be filled with light," Thomas 61, Ephesians 5:8.
This Perfect Christ is the mystery and the light revealing that all the individual parts and building blocks are reunited with their counter-parts, and made complete or whole. For in him all things consist and are held together. The two realms – the positive proton and the negative ion are reunited – the fruits that had been cut in half are reunited. For He will gather together in one all things in Christ, Ephesians 1:9-10, Colossians 1:17.
The pleroma or the fullness or completeness is the realm where there is everything to complement, and perfect us as individuals. In Christ dwells this fullness. Therefore, in him you are full. The emptiness is filled. That sense of lack that is perceived in the natural mind, the incompleteness that you feel, is the alienation or separation from your counterpart. You had been divided into two. In Christ the pleroma or the fullness completes or fills you and every other building block in the universe.
When we seek Christ we are seeking completeness or wholeness. This is our spiritual journey.
Marriage is an illustration of this lack being filled. The mate completes you. Opposites attract and complete one another. All the individual parts are gathered together into One, or together with their counterparts and made whole in Christ in the one universal body. This is the cosmic marriage joining Christ and the Church together as one spirit, Ephesians 5:32, 1 Corinthians 6:17, Ephesians 4:4.
You are the two halves of the one whole, incomplete in your own natural mind, but completed and reunited in the mind of Christ. You are the body of Christ. You are the bride of Christ. Christ and Sophia (humanity) reunited. You are the mature, (completed and reunited) Son and sons of the living Father, Thomas 3.
In this new perfect man, holding the Head, the entire universal body by joints and bands has nourishment from the fullness above. We are strengthened, ministered, completed and knit together into one, increasing with the increase of God. Reconnected and fitly framed together we grow into a holy (whole or complete) temple, for Christ is all and in all, Colossians 2:19, Colossians 3:11, Thomas 77.
this house is to be
built, it must be built on this foundation of the Christ, the Perfect
We are the building blocks built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ being the chief corner stone of this universal temple, Ephesians 2:20.
This is the new heaven and the new earth; the new creation represented by the new man, the Perfect Man for there is only one body, the Christ who is all.
We are not merely building a bridge or a path or “ the way” connecting the upper and the lower. We are pointing out that in Christ there is no difference. There is no chasm that divides, no gulf that separates. It is all one in Christ, Romans 10:12, Colossians 3:11.
"What you look forward to has already come, but you do not recognize it… The kingdom of the Father is spread out upon the earth, and men do not see it." For in Christ the universe has been made whole. It is in earth as it is in heaven, Thomas 51, 113 Ephesians 1:9.
This mystery has been hid from the ages and aons, and rulers and principalities and powers, and the god of this world, and from us as individuals. The revelation is that we are whole. When the Christ is our shepherd we shall not want. The missing sheep is reunited with the fold and we are made whole. The right is joined with the left, the above with the below, the inner with the outer, the male with the female, the slave with the free, and we are all complete, one in Christ, Ephesians 3:5, Thomas 107, 22.
The Mind of Christ
And yet, those “having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart” are still tormented by the perceived emptiness. And we are not made perfect without them, Hebrews 11:40.
If we sense a lack or want there is an awareness of a realm of incompleteness. This perception can be misleading. The perception of the old man in the old creation is of division, alienation, separation, want and lack. In the mind of the old man and the old world, which is done away in Christ, all creation is still groaning. And still "waiting" for the manifestation, and for the full revelation of the sons of God to come into the fullness – to grow in wisdom and understanding, to grow up into maturity (completion) to the measure of the stature of the fullness (the pleroma) of God, Thomas 67, Romans 8:19-23, Luke 2:52.
Nonetheless, despite this illusion of the old, you are a new man complete and entire in Christ. You have come to the Fullness. He that is joined to the Lord is one spirit. You are the full-grown Son and the Sons of the living Father, Colossians 2:10 Ephesians 1:22 Thomas 3, Thomas 67, 1 Corinthians 6:17, Colossians 2:10.
These promises are fulfilled through revelation of the perfected Christ.
A fully grown man or a mature son can put away childish things. Put off the old man. Put on this new man. And be renewed in the spirit of your mind: the mind of Christ, 1 Corinthians 13:10-12, Ephesians 4:22-24, 1 Corinthians 2:16.
"Whoever finds the interpretation of these sayings will not experience death. Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds. When he finds, he will become troubled. When he becomes troubled, he will be astonished, and he will rule over the All," Thomas 1-2
Him we proclaim “teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus," Colossians 1:28.
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