Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Immeasurable Love of Christ

- Paul prayed that we may be strengthened by God with power through His Spirit (Eph. 3:16). With that power and with Christ dwelling in our hearts through faith and by being rooted & established in love (Eph. 3:17), we may be able to grasp/comprehend/take possession of the love of Christ and be filled with the fullness of God, and then live in that reality. Paul wanted all saints (in Christ, we believers are saints set apart by God for His glory and purpose) to lay hold of the vastness of Christ's love. Paul tried his best to express it and how much he wished the Ephesians (and we) could fully understand it. However, language is inadequate to capture the immensity of Christ's love.
  • The breadth of His love reaches the whole world. "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16) God loves everyone; no one is excluded.
  • The length of His love stretches from eternity to eternity. "I have loved you with an everlasting love." (Jeremiah 31:3)
  • The height of His love raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places (Eph. 2:6). "For great is Your love, higher than the heavens." (Psalm 108:4a)
  • The depth of His love rescues depraved sinners from sin, death, and Hell. 
Christ's love is immeasurable, inexhaustible, and endless. His love continues to broaden, lengthen, heighten, and deepen.
- Paul wanted us to know/understand (not intellectually but experientially) how wonderful Christ's love is so that we will value and appreciate and be captivated by it. His love surpasses knowledge/is beyond comprehension; it's unfathomable. There is always more to know and experience. As we grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ and share Christ's love with others, we will know His love more and more. "No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us." (1 John 4:12)
- "That you may be filled with all the fullness of God"--"For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness." (Colossians 2:9-10a) The fullness of God is expressed in Christ. We have the fullness of God available to us through Christ/in Christ. We are complete in Christ. He alone can fully satisfy our soul. Paul was praying that all of God would dominate all that we are. "There must be the emptying of self, if there is to be the filling with God. And the emptying of self is realised in that faith which forsakes self-confidence, self-righteousness, self-dependence, self-pleasing, and yields itself wholly to the dear Lord...Then keep near your Master. It all comes to that. Meditate upon Him; do not let days pass, as they do pass, without a thought being turned to Him. Do not go about your daily work without a remembrance of Him. Keep yourselves in Christ. Seek to experience His love, that love which passeth knowledge, and is only known by them who possess it." (MacLaren) What are you filled with? Are you filled with fear and worries or are you filled with the Holy Spirit of God? 
- Prayer: "Higher than the highest Heaven,
                Deeper than the deepest sea,
                Lord, Thy love at last hath conquered.
                Grant me now my supplication,
                None of self and all of Thee." ~Unknown

 I'm basking in the limitless love of Christ. Won't you join me :)? Live loved and live to love well!

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