It is easy to say that there is fullness of water in the sea, fullness of wealth in the earth, and fullness of light in the sun, but can the richness of this fulness be judge. ?
So there is fulness of salvation in the grace of God, but that fullness can only be realised in the ages of the ages.
In the above Scripture we see what might be termed as steps into a more complete salvation.
Let each one of us have an Honest Confession. “We ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.” (v. 3).
Confession is the opening of the windows of the heart to the light of Heaven: an acknowledgment before God of our guilt and need of His mercy. “Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. “ (Isa.6:5)
God is faithful and just to forgive every sincere sinner according to (1. John 1:9) “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. “ (I.Jh.1:9,10).
There is a a divine Revelation in this setting ” But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,” (v. 4). God’s kindness and love, as revealed in Christ Jesus, is the greatest and most precious discovery any sinful person ever made.
To him it is a fountain opened, where Streams of mercy flow for all our sin and uncleanness. “ Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:” (Isa.1:18,19).
When our faith is placed in Christ and our trust in him, John the apostle declares “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1.Jh. 9, 10).
When Christ justifies, it is a Complete Justification. “Being justified by His grace “(v.7).
As we have sinned against God, God alone can justify.”Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? “ (Mk.2:7).
This He does by His own free, unmerited favour, through Jesus Christ. “It is not by works, lest any man should boast” according to (Gal. 2. 16).
When God justifies the believer in Christ Jesus it is an evidence that his forgiveness has been full and complete “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:” Col.2:9,10).
An Entire Regeneration. Complete salvation can only be found in Christ Jesus “He saved us by the washing of regeneration” (v.5) which leads us to this scripture “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Ac.2:38).
Suppose it were possible to be justified from all sin, and yet not be changed in heart, or made a new creature” Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (Jh.3:3:5,7) .
Justification sets us right with God for further blessing “Who God justified, then he is glorified” (Rom.8:39)
Regeneration makes us like God in character for holy service. It would not be a complete salvation without being born from above. It was our Lord who stated (Jh.3:7) ”Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”
To meet this need there is “the renewing of the Holy Ghost which He shed on us abundantly” (v. 5, 6).
This is the Divine remedy for spiritual staleness. “Be renewed in the spirit of your mind” (Eph. 4. 23).
Along life’s rough path there is much to tear and wear the energy of the soul; but the Holy Spirit can renew our freshness and fitness by His quickening influence. “It is the Spirit that quickeneth. ”
Here the flesh profiteth nothing. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. Our Lord said, “He that believeth on Me out of his inner man shall flow rivers of living water : this spake He of the Spirit” (Jh. 7. 37).
An Eternal Possession. “That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life” (v.7) Our Heavenly Father has such vast possessions that every child born of God becomes an heir-not merely of eternal existence, that is seen, without being born again but of the abundant life that is in Jesus Christ, throughout all the coming ages “ The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (Jh.10:10).
Thus we have fulness of mercy to begin with, fulness of grace to continue in, and at last fulness of life to glory in and through all eternity. “He that hath the Son hath life” (1 Jh. 5.11).