I read one of my favorite Bible passages yesterday and it was like I was reading it for the first time. Maybe it’s because I’m reading a different version but I noticed some words I hadn’t before. The passage is a prayer for the church at Ephesus……a prayer for strength and insight.
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:14-19
This is beautiful. All of it. But these are the words that jumped out at me:
….and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
What is the fullness of God? The phrase is seen again in Colossians 1:19 referring to Jesus: “for in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.” It’s everything of God. His wisdom, Spirit, light, love, power and glory.
Amazing! We can be filled with the fullness of God. That’s what Paul prayed for the church then and what we can pray for one another now.
But how are we filled with all the fullness of God?
The love of Christ. To be rooted in it. Grounded in it. To comprehend it and know it.
This is a supernatural knowing that surpasses knowledge and God is the One who gives it. But we can be willing seekers. We can humbly ask Him to give us eyes to see and ears to hear. We can resist the idea that we know all we need to know and instead ask for clean hearts and greater faith and the strength to comprehend.
Then when we’re filled we will pour out. We’ll be filled again and again as we follow and learn, and pour out again and again. Even better than that.
We’ll splash onto others a life-giving splash because that’s what God’s love does.
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