from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Fullness; abundance; plenitude: in gnosticism, the spiritual world, or world of light, including the body of eons.
- noun In botany, same as
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- noun A state of perfect
fullness, especially of God's being.
- noun Gnosticism The
spiritualuniverse seen in terms of the full totality of the powers and essence of God.
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Most probably St. Paul's use of the terms pleroma, the æon of this world, the archon of the power of the air, in Ephesians and Colossians, was suggested by the abuse of these terms by the Gnostics.
In favour, however, of the former view is the ordinary meaning of the word pleroma, the meaning of the phrase fulness of God, in other passages, the analogy of Scripture as exhibited in the parallel passages above quoted, and the simplicity of the interpretation, no paraphrase being necessary to bring out the sense.
The word pleroma (πλήρωμα), in the New Testament, means that which fills up; fulness, fulfilling, filling full.
Among other expressions he salutes the Church of the Trallians 'in the _pleroma_' -- an expression which could not escape the taint of heresy when once Valentinus had promulgated his system, of which the pleroma was the centre.
It is a "pleroma" in social life, a fulness of concord, a harmony of many parts.
N.B. The distinctities in the 'pleroma' are the eternal ideas, the subsistential truths; each considered in itself, an infinite in the form of the finite; but all considered as one with the unity, the eternal
Now that the body of our Lord was not transelemented or transnatured by the 'pleroma' indwelling, we are positively assured by Scripture.
If he find a dearth in this, if it seem to him a circumscription, he does not know Christ, as the 'pleroma', the fullness.
The word "pleroma" translated here as "fullness", has two meanings in Greek: one, an active meaning, describes something that "fills" or "completes"; for exam - ple, a ship's full load can be referred to as its pleroma.
But actually the god is an evil demiurge and I was sent from the pleroma to defeat him.
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