Ephesians 3:17-19 (NIV)
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 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, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
We have studied this Verse of the Day in recent weeks; so I will just put a larger portion of the passage out there for our consideration. It really becomes a beautiful prayer of Paul for the Ephesian believers; and I like the deep messages it conveys regarding God’s purposes and Christ’s love.
Ephesians 3:7-21 (NIV)
7 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of His power. 8 Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, 9 and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. 10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to His eternal purpose that He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In Him (Jesus) and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. 13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 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. 20 Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, 21 to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Indeed, each of us is a servant of the Gospel by the gift of God’s grace … through the working of His power. We may not feel qualified, but His grace indeed qualifies each of us. Through the CHURCH, God intends for His wisdom to be made known – to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms. You see, your life of faith in the Body of Christ impacts the heavenly realms as much as it does here on earth. What God has accomplished IN Christ Jesus our Lord is what we have been called by His grace to declare … with our mouths, but more importantly, with our lives. And so Paul prays for believers to be strengthen with power through His Spirit in our inner beings. “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” (Cf. 2 Timothy 1:7) It is through the power of His Spirit that we know the deep love of Christ … a love that surpasses knowledge … a love that imparts the fullness of God to those who believe in Him!
Yes, to know the love of God through Christ Jesus is the greatest grace of all! It is available! It is receivable! It changes the hearts of those encountered! God is able to do immeasurably more that all we ask or imagine. Yes, we are more than adequately equipped through His grace to be servants of the Gospel! Christ Jesus dwelling in our hearts is more than sufficient! So, I pray we will let the intent of His great love empower us for service….