Ephesians 3:14-21 - 14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Do you know people who get so happy that they break into song? I’m not that person, but I know a few who are. I think the Apostle Paul might have been one of those folks.
All of Paul’s letters follow a standard form. The body of his letters are broken into two parts: doctrine first and then practice. Ephesians is no different.
The above section is the transition point of the letter. Based on the truth of the first three chapters, Paul almost breaks into a song. He desires for his readers to be “strengthened with power through [God’s] Spirit” … “rooted and grounded in love,” so that we might comprehend the vastness of Christ’s love, that “surpasses knowledge.” As if to say, that while we might know His love, we’re really just scratching the surface.
Notice in verse 18, Paul’s prayer is that we “may have strength to comprehend... the breadth and length and height and depth” of Jesus’ love. What is Jesus’ love like? Is there anything on earth with the same breadth, length, height and depth? No. So how can we even begin to comprehend such things? Think about the breadth, length, height and depth of the ocean. The ocean is so big it covers the entire earth. The ocean is so wide boats can get lost at sea. The ocean is so deep we haven’t even been able to explore it in its entirely. When we stand on the shores of the ocean we feel small in comparison to its vastness. Jesus’ love is kinda like the ocean only bigger, deeper, and more expansive. Nothing, not even the ocean, compares to the greatness of Jesus’ love. When we get a glimpse of the greatness of Jesus’ love it fills us with the fullness of God (v.19). God loves us … more than we know. It kind of makes me break into a song too.
• Who do you know who is so happy, they break into a song?
• Do you really believe that God loves you? If not, why don’t you think so?
• Action - Spend some time in prayer praising God for his amazing, immeasurable love (in Jesus).