“It lies in the very being and nature of God that he must be all. From Him and through Him and to Him are all things. As God, He is the life of everything: all life is only the result of His direct and continuous operation. It is because all is through Him and from Him that it is also to Him. Everything that exists is meant to serve only as a means of the manifestation of the goodness and wisdom and power of God.
Sin consists in nothing but this, that man determined to be something and would not allow God to be everything; and the redemption of Jesus has no other aim than that God should again become everything in our heart and life. At the end, even the Son shall be subjected to the Father that God may be all in all. Nothing less than this is what redemption is meant to secure. Christ himself showed in His life of earth what it means to be nothing and allow God to be everything; and as He once lived on the earth so does He still live in the hearts of His people. According to the measure that they receive and rejoice in the truth that God is all will the fullness of the blessing find its way into their life.
The all of God is what we must seek. He must be everything to us: His will, His honor, His power. There should be no use of our time, no word of our lips, nor motivation of our heart, no satisfying of the needs of our physical life that is not the expression of the will, the glory, and the power of God. Only the one who discerns this and consents to it, who desires and seeks after it, who believes and appropriates it can rightly understand what the fullness of the Spirit must produce and why it is necessary that we should forsake everything if we desire to obtain it. God must not be merely something to us or even a lot, but all.”
Excerpt from the devotional book The Fullness of the Spirit by Andrew Murray
Looking at a few passages of Scripture that I believe are foundational to what Andrew Murray has written might be helpful …
For from him and through him and to him are ALL things. To him be glory forever. Amen. Romans 11:36 (ESV)
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of ALL creation. For by him ALL things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—ALL things were created through him and for him. And he is before ALL things, and IN him ALL things hold together. Colossians 1:15-17 (ESV)
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours IN Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself NOTHING, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. Philippians 2:5-7 (ESV)
And he put ALL things under his feet and gave him as head over ALL things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills ALL in ALL. Ephesians 1:22-23 (ESV)
For as in Adam all die, so also IN Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. When ALL things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put ALL things in subjection under him, that God may be ALL in ALL. 1 Corinthians 15:22-28 (ESV)
Since there is a point in his letter to the church in Thessalonica where Paul challenges the church to follow his model or example (2 Thess 3:9), then considering his confession found below makes sense on this subject of ALL and EVERYTHING …
But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count EVERYTHING as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of ALL things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found IN him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith IN Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— Philippians 3:7-9 (ESV)
EVERYTHING and ALL that Paul may have gained as a result of his efforts, he counted as loss … as rubbish … that he might be found IN the ALL and ALL of Christ Jesus!
If you are aware of other Scripture passages that are applicable to this topic and/or what was written above, please share with us all in the comments.