Ephesians (W6D4) The Fullness of God's Love

April 19, 2018

 

Week 6. Thursday:  The Fullness of God’s Love

 

PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word.

 

READ:  Ephesians 3:18-19

18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

 

UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words

  • Power (Greek: exischyō): to have full strength, to be eminently able

    • In this context this refers to having the full ability to grasp the love of Christ.

    • Being rooted and established in love results in greater understanding.

  • Grasp (Greek: katalambanō): to lay hold of, to take possession of

  • Wide (Greek: platos): breadth, great extent

    • The breadth of Christ’s love is shown in how He loves all kinds of people.

    • Refers back to Ephesians 2:11-18.

  • Long (Greek: mēkos): far reaching, goes beyond, never-ending

    • The length of Christ’s love goes from eternity past to eternity future.

    • Refers back to Ephesians 1:4-6, 13-14.

  • High (Greek: hypsos): exalted to the highest rank

    • The height of Christ’s love brings us to a high position.

    • Refers back to Ephesians 1:3; 2:6.

  • Deep (Greek: bathos): referring to extreme depth

    • The depth of Christ’s love reaches deep enough to save lowly sinners.

    • Refers back to Ephesians 2:1-3.

  • Filled to the Measure (Greek: plēroō): to cause to abound, to make complete

  • Fullness of God (Greek: plērōma theos): fullness of God’s character

    • Paul is praying for the Ephesians to be filled to the measure with the fullness of God’s character and characteristics.

    • This goes beyond God’s love and extends to God’s presence and power.

 

APPLY: What is this passage calling me to do?

Paul prays that the Ephesians would be able to grasp the love of Christ. Even though the love of Christ surpasses our understanding, we can still ask God to reveal it to us. Paul says that in grasping Christ’s love we will be filled with all the fullness of God. This means we should be filled with God’s character so much that it is displayed to others.

 

In what ways does your life display the character of God?

 

PRAY:  Ask God to help you understand His character so you can be more like Him.

 

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