Filled with the unlimited fullness of God!
… to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:19 (NIV)
If you haven’t decided to become a Christian yet – if that decision is somewhere in the back of your mind and you feel urged to make it – I guess one of your questions that eats away at you must be, ‘How can anyone live the life of a Christian in this world?’
In answer to that, I’d like to draw your attention to a section of a prayer that one of God’s greatest servants prayed for the congregation in a place called Ephesus. Ephesus was a large and prosperous city in Asia Minor and headquarters for worship of the goddess Diana, and because of this it was a very difficult place to be a follower of Jesus. The apostle Paul’s beautiful prayer of encouragement for this church, surrounded by pagan worship, is recorded in Ephesians 3:14-21. As you read this amazing prayer, you’ll be aware that Paul is praying that they would come to understand the sheer dimensions of God’s love for everyone.
First the ‘length’ (v.18) to which God’s love is willing to go – it’s limitless! And so ‘…he [Jesus] is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.’ (Hebrews 7:25)
Next, the ‘breadth’ of God’s love is shown by Christ being ‘…the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.’ (1John 2:2)
Now the ‘depth’ of God’s love. Well, ‘For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.’ (2 Corinthians 8: 9)
And finally the ‘height’ of this love: ‘…because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms…’ (Ephesians 2:4-6).
Such is the amazing generosity of God’s love for everyone, and filled with the power of that love that indwells every corner of our lives we can all become, ‘…more than conquerors through him who loved us.’ (Romans 8:37).
This is how much you are loved. So now you know – the next move is yours!
Father, your love is overwhelming, a great gift for all peoples because of the precious sacrifice of your son. Please accept our thanks and praise. Amen.
Study by Cliff Neill
About the writer:
Cliff Neill is a minister in the Hemel Hempstead congregation of Grace Communion International, where he is on the leadership team.
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