This past Sunday evening I preached on “A Most Amazing Love”. We were looking at Paul’s prayer in the 3rd chapter of Ephesians for the church at Ephesus. What I find so amazing in this prayer is when Paul prays starting in verse 17 ,“so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God” (v. 17-19 NASB). My question as I studied this passage of scripture was how is it possible to comprehend that which is incomprehensible? Remember Paul says this love” surpasses knowledge”! How can we possibly know something that is unknowable?
The word “comprehend” in the passage means to seize something and make it one’s own. The “breadth” of Christ’s love speaks of Christ’s love for the whole world. We know that people from every nation and every tribe will unite in eternity to worship and glorify Christ. The “length” of Christ’s love speaks of it broad expanse through all eternity. The “height” speaks of the fact that God’s love puts us beyond the reach of any foe to deprive us of this love. Paul tells us “nothing can separate us from the love of God found in Christ Jesus our Lord”. The “depth” of Christ’s love speaks of the fact that no creature can fathom the extent of God’s amazing love. And yet, we can “know” it!
The word “know” in verse 19 in the Greek language refers to something that is known by experience; to “know” on the basis of an intimate or personal relationship. Because the dimension of God’s love cannot be measured and is beyond our power to describe it; it can only be understood when we acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and experience His love for ourselves firsthand. I love what Matthew Henry writes when he says, “the more intimate acquaintance we have with Christ’s love to us, the more our love will be drawn out to Him and to those who are His, for His sake.” Paul’s desire is that the Ephesians and you and I (2,000 years later) will lay hold on this vast expanse of the love of God. Let me ask you have you experienced this most amazing love? Nothing can compare, in fact it’s incomprehensible!
All Praise to our Great Savior,