Ephesians 3:19 - The Love of Christ and the Fullness of God.
Eph.3:19: The Love of Christ and the Fullness of God.
Eph 3:19 (KJV) And to know the love of Christ, which passeth
knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
Eph 3:19 (TEV) Yes, may you come to know his love -- although
it can never be fully known -- and so be completely filled with the
very nature of God.
Surpasses Knowledge; Not unknowable, but so great that it cannot
be completely known. [NIV SB]
Before we can have any right idea of the love of Jesus, we must
understand His previous glory in its height of majesty, and His incarnation
upon the earth in all its depths of shame. But who can tell us the
majesty of Christ? When He was enthroned in the highest heavens He was
very God of very God; by Him were the heavens made, and all the hosts
thereof. His own almighty arm upheld the spheres; the praises of
cherubim and seraphim perpetually surrounded Him; the full chorus of the
hallelujahs of the universe unceasingly flowed to the foot of His throne: He
reigned supreme above all His creatures, God over all, blessed for ever.
Who can tell His height of glory then? And who, on the other
hand, can tell how low He descended? To be a man was something, to be
a man of sorrows was far more; to bleed, and die, and suffer,
these were much for Him who was the Son of God; but to suffer such
unparalleled agony - to endure a death of shame and desertion by His Father,
this is a depth of condescending love which the most inspired mind
must utterly fail to fathom. Herein is love! and truly it is love
that "passeth knowledge." O let this love full our hearts with
adoring gratitude, and lead us to practical manifestations of its power.
[Charles Spurgeon; Time with God devotional SB]
We shall understand God's compassion just in proportion as we
appreciate His sacrifice for us. As we search the word of God in humility
of heart, the grand theme of redemption will open to our research.
It will increase in brightness as we behold it, and as we aspire to
grasp it, its height and depth will ever increase.
Our life is to be bound up with the life of Christ; we are to
draw constantly from Him, partaking of Him, the living Bread that
came down from heaven, drawing from a fountain ever fresh, ever
giving forth its abundant treasures. If we keep the Lord ever before
us, allowing our hearts to go out in thanksgiving and praise to Him,
we shall have a continual freshness in our religious life. Our
prayers will take the form of a conversation with God as we would talk
with a friend. He will speak His mysteries to us personally. Often
there will come to us a sweet joyful sense of the presence of Jesus.
Often our hearts will burn within us as He draws nigh to commune with
us as He did with Enoch. When this is in truth the experience of
the Christian, there is seen in his life a simplicity, a humility,
meekness, and lowliness of heart, that show to all with whom he associates
that he has been with Jesus and learned of Him. COL128-130
"The fullness of God" is fully expressed only in Christ
(Colossians 2:9, 10). In union with Christ and through his empowering
Spirit, we are complete. We have all the fullness of God available to
us. But we must appropriate that fullness through faith and through
prayer as we daily live for him. [Life Application SB]