Holy paradox - Life of emptiness and fullness at the same time
By nature we don't even know we have a need. It's only when we are face to face with God in Christ that the Holy Spirit graciously opens our eyes, and we see that "we come short of the glory of God".
And now, through the death of Christ, on behalf of us sinners, God has provided the forgiveness and cleansing, fullness and fruit for God.
It is a life of constant "beholding him", which teaches us wisdom - of knowing the God of fullness and knowing the emptiness of self.
And faith is the hand that appropriates the fullness of God to our empty selves.
Blessed are the empty, for they shall be full - in Christ.
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Certainly a paradox, but one filled with hope and praise...
Although it is true that we can live our life of emptiness without the Lord in our lives, we can also live a life of fullness, yet one of emptiness, as well.
Colossians 2:9 (ESV) "For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily..." So, that means that not only does Christ contain all the fullness of God, then we do, too when we receive Jesus. This tells us that the presence of God operates only from within the Lord Jesus Christ.
Without God, our lives are empty. I heard once that in man, there is a God-size vaccuum within us that only He can fill. It is like we live in emptiness, as you said "faith is the hand that appropriates the fullness of God to our empty selves..."
I understand that we can live our lives for the Lord in emptiness, but one that is filled with God and so we live our lives in fullness. It is like how can God, the Holy Spirit and Jesus be One? In dealing with emptiness and fullness, we have to place each one in the right context. Emptiness, as in ''when we are face to face with God in Christ that the Holy Spirit graciously opens our eyes, and we see that "we come short of the glory of God". and fullness "faith is the hand that appropriates the fullness of God to our empty selves."