1. Filled with His fullness, I long to be;
    Looking to Jesus, spotless like Thee.
Seeking atonement, Most Holy Place,
    Take now the blessing, fullness of grace.

2. Filled with His fullness, power divine,
    Showers are falling, glory doth shine;
Filled with the Spirit, let us proclaim
    To ev’ry nation, pow’r of His name.

3. Filled with His fullness, sealed with His name;
    This is the message, Lord make it plain.
Gather to judgment, enter the door;
    This is His purpose, sealed evermore.

4. Filled with His fullness, grant it O Lord,
    That all Thy people have one accord,
Enter the judgment ere it’s too late;
    Seal them forever, our Advocate.


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The tune for this song comes from the hymn, Have Thine Own Way, Lord.

But the text has been rewritten into a uniquely Adventist message: the finishing of Christ’s work in the Most Holy Place of the Heavenly Sanctuary. This closing work accomplishes the end of the sanctification and purification of His church.

This final phase of Christ’s work on behalf of His church is prophetically foretold in the sixth of the seven feasts appointed to Israel in the Old Testament. The first four of those feasts (Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Pentecost) were fulfilled in the death and resurrection of Christ, and in the descent of the Holy Spirit on the early church. This left three more (Trumpets, Day of Atonement, Tabernacles) to be fulfilled.

In the Old Testament type, there was a gap between the first four and the last three of many months. So in the spiritual fulfillment, this signified that it would be many years after the resurrection of Christ when the last three would be fulfilled, and some time closer to His second appearing.

The Day of Atonement was a day of affliction and searching of heart. It was not just a cleansing of people that was going on, but a cleansing of the sanctuary itself, where all the sins of the people had been deposited, via the blood of the sacrifices. The feast of Trumpets preceded it by 10 days, and was essentially a warning of the coming Day of Atonement. So these two go somewhat together.

All who chose not to take part in the affliction of the day of Atonement were to be cut off from the people. So it was very serious! It reminds a bit of Peter at the foot-washing; when he did not want to have his feet washed, Jesus said, “If I do not wash your feet, you will have no part with Me.” The day of Atonement was like that also: to refuse to give up sin meant to cling to it forever.

Some perhaps have difficulty understanding the flow of sin to the heavenly Sanctuary, because they see sin only as a deed or thought, which once performed is gone forever. But this is not the Bible view of sin. Sin is a power (see Romans 7), a corrupted life. It is not simply the tendencies of the fallen flesh, but resides in the heart; the spiritual nature of man. Therefore, forgiveness for sin involves more than just overlooking a bad deed, it involves cleansing (1 John 1:9). And where there is cleansing, there is also filling in with good. So, in Christ’s forgiveness, He takes away the anger, or hatred, or lust…and fills with peace, love, or pure joy.

This cleansing work was pictured by the daily ministry of the priests in the Old Testament sanctuary. But the removal of sin was not to continue forever…it was not a system to propagate sin! The Day of Atonement signified a point at which all the sin having been removed from the people, the sanctuary itself would finally be cleansed. This indicated perfection, or as the apostle wrote,

Ephesians 5
25 Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Much more could be said regarding the prophetic events which line up with this work, and which indicate more clearly the time for its beginning, but this short introduction should help to understand some of the terms used in the song.


While browsing some literature from the Awakening movement, I came across a list of Bible verses that this song refers to. I offer them here for study and meditation:

Eph. 3:19 Filled with His fullness, I long to be; Phil. 3:14
Heb. 12:2 Looking to Jesus, spotless like Thee. Eph. 5:27
Heb. 10:19 Seeking atonement, Most Holy Place, Rev. 11:19
Gal. 3:14 Take now the blessing—fullness of grace. Eph. 2:8
     
Eph. 3:19 Filled with His fullness—power divine; 2 Peter 1:3
Joel 2:23 Showers are falling, glory doth shine; Isa. 60:2
Rev. 18:1-4 Filled with the Spirit, let us proclaim Rev. 14:6
Matt. 24:14 To ev’ry nation—pow’r of His name. Rev. 3:12
     
Eph. 3:19 Filled with His fullness, sealed with His name; Rev. 14:1
Rev. 14:6 This is the message, Lord make it plain. Matt. 3:3
Joel 2:15-17 Gather to Judgment, enter the door; Rev. 3:8
Eph. 3:11 This is His purpose—sealed evermore. Rev. 7:2
     
Eph. 3:19 Filled with His fullness, grant it oh Lord, 1 Thess. 4:3
Joel 2:16 That all Thy people have one accord; Acts 2:1
Heb. 10:19 Enter the Judgment ere it’s too late, Matt. 25:11,12
Rev. 7:2 Seal them forever, Our Advocate. 1 John 2:1

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