Ephesians 3:19 - Love That Surpasses All Understanding Is Found In Christ.

Ephesians 3:19 - Love That Surpasses All Understanding Is Found 
In Christ. 

Ephesians 3:19 (KJV)  And to know the love of Christ, which 
passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of 

Ephesians 3:19 (NLT) May you experience the love of Christ, 
though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made 
complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.  

Ephesians 3:19 (EAV)  [That you may really come] to know 
[practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far 
surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled 
[through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the 
richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled 
and flooded with God Himself]! 


GOD'S LOVE is total, says Paul. It reaches every corner of our 
experience. It is 'wide'--it covers the breadth of our own experience, and 
it reaches out to the whole world. God's love is 'long'--it 
continues the length of our lives. It is 'high'--it rises to the heights 
of our celebration and elation. His love is 'deep'--it reaches to 
the depths of discouragement, despair, and even death. When you feel 
shut out or isolated, remember that you can never be lost to God's 
love. [Life Application SB] 

SURPASSES KNOWLEDGE; Not unknowable, but so great that it cannot 
be completely known. [NIV SB] 

"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] 


The Apostle Paul began his prayer for the Christians at Ephesus 
with these words.  Well might we follow his example when praying for 
ourselves and for others.  Praying for others is vital to our own 
spiritual growth.  If we pray for them at all we often get bogged down 
with the material or the trivial and do not move on to the spiritual 
and the eternal.  We need to pray that others will:  realize their 
present exalted position in Christ; present themselves as living 
sacrifices; be filled with the Holy Spirit; be regular and systematic in the 
study of God's Word; have the mind of Christ; grow daily in Christian 
maturity; appropriate the full armor of God; be alert to satan's strategy; 
not love the world system; have a spirit of brokenness and humility; 
have a servant's heart; build a scriptural family. Today is a great 
day to begin praying for ourselves and for others! [In His Time; 
Walk With Wisdom] 


  Have you ever seen a toddler answer the question, "How much 
does daddy love you?" Having been well coached, the child spreads her 
arms as wide as she can and says with great delight, "THIS much!"  
  So how much does our Father God love us? Apparently words can 
barely describe it, for Paul knows that the love of Christ "is too 
great to understand fully." But Paul attempts a description anyway: 
God's love is so wide that it reaches around the whole earth, offering 
salvation to any who are willing to believe; so long that it stretches 
from the creation of the world to the return of Jesus, surrounding 
all people across all of time; so high that it stretches from earth 
right up to heaven; so deep that it reaches into the depths of our 
struggles, depression, and grief--no darkness is so deep that God's love 
cannot shine into it.  
  So how much does God love you? Jesus spread his arms as wide 
as he could and had them nailed to a cross. That's how much you are 
loved. [The One Year Bible for New Believers re Eph.3:18, 19] 

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 forever.  
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 fill 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 


  This prayer is not asking God for more head knowledge about 
his love but that we would understand and comprehend it - that it 
would really sink in and go from being head knowledge to heart 
knowledge about how very much he loves us. Most of all, it asks that we 
would experience for ourselves the love of Christ. Knowledge isn't 
enough. Great speeches or sermons won't suffice, neither will hearing 
what the Lord did in someone else's life. It takes God's Spirit 
imparting power to each of us to fathom the depth and length and width, 
the incomparable nature, of God's amazing love for us in Christ 
Jesus. Just as Paul was praying earnestly for the Ephesian Christians, 
we are to ask that our roots would go down deep into the soil of 
God's marvelous love. And as we continually pray this 
life-transforming prayer, we will drink deeply of God's love. When we receive and 
experience the love of Christ in our own hearts, his love can flow through 
us to others. 
  LORD JESUS, I want to understand and experience your love in a 
deeper way than I ever have before. May your love be my anchor as your 
Spirit causes my roots to sink deeper in you. Grant me the power to 
understand the limitless extent of your love. Be the center of my life and 
reveal yourself to me today! [Praying Through The Bible By Fuller re 
Eph. 3:17-19] 

We must daily come and drink at the fountain of divine love. 
Herein lies the purpose of all prayer. Margaret Therkelsen  

Christ's Passion:

The Cross:

The Blessed Hope: