The outer boundary of a circular area; perimeter; the circumference of a circle. The area within a bounding line.
Today there is much talk about boundaries. Everyone wants to know their boundaries. But do we know God’s boundary? Does God even have a boundary? You may say “no” since God is without limit, eternal, and everlasting. However, he has chosen to confine himself to a particular boundary or circumference. The area within that boundary is the only place where he will be heard, seen, and known. It is the only place where he deals with man. It is the only place where he is revealed and glorified.
You cannot know God outside of this confine. It’s as if he drew a circle and placed everything he is inside of that circle. You cannot draw another circle and get God to come over to your circle. He only works within his own circle! Many have tried to draw their own circles and have tried to talk God (and people) to live within their own sphere. It doesn’t work. God is extremely committed to his own circle.
The boundary, confine, and circumference of God is his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ! He only works within that sphere and you cannot pull him out of that sphere and you cannot pull him out of that sphere . . . period! The Father has placed all of his resources and made them available only within the confines of his Son.
“For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him.”
Many have tried to find and know God outside of his circumference. But this will never bring life because God’s divine, eternal life is only found within the sphere of his Son. It is not found in Buddha, it is not found in Allah, it is not found in Krishna, neither is it found in any religion, philosophy, methods or techniques. Life is only found in the circumference of one Person – Jesus Christ.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber.
I am the door . . .” John 10:1, 7
Some have said that we should include other philosophies and teachings of other spiritual leaders and add them to the teachings of the New Testament. They tell us that all paths lead us to the same place . . . God. But this idea is against all of the teachings of the New Testament itself. It all points to one Person, one Circumference, and one Boundary. And God exclusively works and communicates through that one Person.
“In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him (Christ) with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth.”
Eph. 1:8b – 10
The Father sums up all things within the confines or perimeter of his Son. Only within this sphere will God communicate, dispense his knowledge, give life, and express himself.
The Communication of God
God will never say anything outside of his Son. That is why he is called the Alpha and Omega, and the Word of God.
“God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things.” Heb. 1:1, 2
He contains the essence of all communication from the Father. He is the Word of God (John 1:1 – 14); Rev. 19:13) and he is the perfect expression, communication, definition, and explanation of the Father. Outside of Christ, the Father has nothing to say.
He is also the way of communication with God (John 14:6; Rev. 21:6). He is the Alpha and Omega. All of the tools (letters) of communication between God and man are found in Christ. And we can only know him inside of his Circumference.
The Knowledge of God
“. . . Christ, in whom all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden.” Col. 2:2b – 3
“But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” 1 Cor. 1:24
You can only know God through Jesus Christ. There is no other way. That’s because Christ is the depository for all of the wisdom and knowledge of God. You could say that the Father has invested (or deposited) all of his resources and riches into one place. And that place is the Person of his Son.
Intimacy with God can only be found in and through Christ. That is because Christ is the incarnation or the God-mad-flesh Person. We can relate to Deity in Christ because he is also humanity. His humanity gives us a portal into his divinity. God and man become one inside of his Circumference.
Actually, you and I do not have a personal relationship with God. We have something much better; we have Christ! He is our relationship to God. We can only know and fellowship with God through him.
The Life of God
All of the divine life is found within the Circumference of God, that is, Jesus Christ. We cannot find eternal life in any other object or person.
“And this is the testimony, that God gave to us eternal life and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.” 1 John 5:11, 12
This passage makes it really clear. Eternal life can only be found in one place. And that place is a Person – the Christ. So why would anyone ever go looking for life in any other place? Who do we, as believers, ever go looking in other places for life? Who do we try and receive life from our family, career, education, and consumerist lifestyles?
The Circumference Mystery
The most astounding secret that can be discovered in all of God’s eternal purpose is this one truth:
The Complete Circumference of God lives within us!
“The mystery which has been hidden from the ages and from the generations but now has been manifested to His saints; to whom God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Col. 1:26, 27
Can you fathom this? The complete sphere of God’s fullness lives in you! If you have his Son, then you have all of the riches of his life. And all of those riches have been made available to you. But this mystery is only made known to his saints (holy ones).
We live in a day when not many of the Lord’s people have seen this mystery. This is because for the most part, it is not being preached. And you can only know this mystery by faith and faith comes by hearing this word from God (Col. 1:25).
Let us all pray that the Lord will open the spiritual eyes of his people to see that he has invested everything into his Son. And that this circumference lives right inside of us!