KNOWING THE LOVE OF CHRIST

Last week in chapter 2 of Ephesians, we learnt that God has made his people into his temple. This is an astonishing truth, which Paul builds on in this week’s passage. In Ephesians 3, Paul prays that God would “fill us (his temple) with all of his fullness”.  And this is a familiar idea in the bible: when Solomon built the temple for the first time in 1 Kings 8, God filled his temple visibly with his presence. So Paul is praying that God would do the same thing today, in us! And he also tells us how this will happen: it happens as we come to know the “love of Christ that surpasses knowledge”. So why not pray Paul’s pray for yourself every day this week? Here it is:

“I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, 17 and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. 18 I pray that you may have the power 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, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

 

Posted on June 20, 2014 .