Completeness In Christ
“The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great as its breadth…….. Its length, breadth, and height are equal. Rev 21:16
It is essential for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that contains Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that if life itself is to be complete, it must be three dimensional. Many centuries ago, there was a man by the name of John who found himself in prison out on a lonely island called Patmos. While John was out on this island, he lifted his vision to high heaven and saw, descending out of heaven, a new heaven and a new earth. Then John saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem……..Rev 21:1-2.
One of the greatest glories of this new city of God that John saw was its completeness. It was complete in all three of its dimensions.
In Rev 21:16, John says, “. the length and the breadth and the height are equal.” In other words, this new city of God, is not an unbalanced entity but is complete on all sides. I think John is saying something here in all the symbolism of this text. He is saying that life as it should be and life at its best as life that is complete on all sides. There are three dimensions of any complete life to which we can fitly give the words of this text: length, breadth and height. Now the length of life used here is the inward concern for one’s own welfare. The breadth of life used here is the outward concern for the welfare of others. The height of life is the upward reach for God. Now, God’s elect got to have all three of these to have a complete life in Christ.
- Length Of Life – inward concern for one’s own welfare
It is that inward concern that causes us to push forward, to achieve one’s own goals and ambitions. This is the dimension of life where God’s elect ought to develop their inner supernatural powers in Christ. The length of life means that God’s elect must love themselves as God does. Many have gone through life with deep and haunting emotional conflicts before being born again in the water and Spirit. God’s elect must accept themselves as how God had wonderfully made them,. Unfortunately, many are still busy trying to be somebody else. God gave all of us something significant, a unique personality. We must pray for God to help us accept ourselves in whatever station of life we are in. The principle of self acceptance is a basic principle in life. God’s elect ought to discover what we are called to do. Once we discover it, we should set out to do it with all of the strength and power in Christ. Now, we must get beyond the first dimension of life.
- Breadth Of Life – outward concern for the welfare of others
It is necessary to add breadth to length. God’s elect has not begin to live for Christ until they can rise above the narrow confines of their own individual concerns to the broader concerns of souls that are spiritually dying. This is what God is looking in God’s elect today. God’s elect who will ask themselves, ‘what will happen to lost souls if we don’t preach the Gospel of God’s Righteousness?’ This is how God judges His elects in the final analysis. There will be a day, the question won’t be, ‘how many awards, how popular, how many degrees, how beautiful is your house, how much money you have?’ On that day, the question will be, ‘as elect what did you do to save souls from their eternal damnation?’ What did you do for others? This is the breadth for life. Somewhere along the way, God’s elect must learn that there is nothing greater than to do something for others. God’s elect should endeavor to be a witness and fulfil their highest calling. We know there are God’s elect who master the length and breadth of life but they stop right there. Now if life is to be complete, we must move beyond our self, others and reach out to God.
- Height Of Life – upward reach for God
God’s elect has a tendency to neglect this dimension of life. The interesting thing is that many of them neglect it and don’t even know they are neglecting it. God’s elect deprive themselves from cultivating a healthy communion with God because they become so involved in other things. They end up going days and days without recognizing God’s presence in them. God’s elect need to reach out to God at all times. We were made for God and we will be restless until we find rest in Him. God is most happy when we are satisfied in Him. Our constant faith in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness has the power to overcome the world and our adversary.