The Dimensions of God’s Love (Ephesians 3:18-19)
Ephesians 3:18-19, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
During the Napoleonic period in Europe, some of Napoleon's soldiers opened a prison that had been used in the Spanish Inquisition. There were many dark dungeons in that prison, but in one of the cells the soldiers found something that was particularly interesting. They found the small remains of a prisoner, his flesh and clothing were long gone, but there was one ankle bone that remained in a shackle. It was the message that was carved on the wall that spoke volumes. Using a sharp piece of metal, the prisoner carved into stone a crude cross. Inscribed around the cross were the Spanish words for the four dimensions mentioned in Ephesians 3:18, height, depth, breadth, and length. As this prisoner was dying in his chains, his heart, mind, and soul were free from the chains of despair. He found comfort, grace, love, strength and satisfaction in the love of Christ that satisfied him wholly. The truth of God's Word and the comfort of the Holy Spirit were anchors to his soul.
The word comprehend means "to lay hold of, to seize." It carries the idea of having a firm grasp on something. Paul wanted believers to get a hold of what God's love truly is. Paul lists four dimensions of God's love.
1. The breadth of the love of God—"God so loved the world." Breadth speaks of the width and suggests God love is all encompassing. God's love is wide enough to save whosoever will (Romans 10:13).
2. The length of the love of God—"He gave His only begotten Son." Length speaks of the duration of God's love. God never stops loving. Paul asked the question, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” (Romans 8:35). He goes on to show that nothing, and no one, can curve God's love for us.
3. The depth of the love of God—"That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish." Depth of God's love is seen the fact that He gave His only begotten Son to save lost man (John 3:16). The depth of God's love is fathomless.
4. The height of the love of God—"But have everlasting life." The height of God's love reaches to the heavens. This is the very home of God from which every believer is blessed (Ephesians 1:3).
Paul wants us to know the love of Christ, but notice that His love passeth knowledge. His love is beyond our ability to comprehend. The word know means "to be aware of, to perceive, to understand." It carries the idea of having an experiential knowledge. The human finite mind cannot fully understand God's infinite love, but we can experience it. Paul prays for the believer to enter into and experience that love.
We can never know it completely because it is unfathomable. While on this earth, we will never come to the place of saying that we know all that there is to know of Christ’s great love for us. However, we can come to know more about His love for us as we walk with Him.
PRAYER: LORD, I thank You for loving me unconditionally. The more I read Your love letter, the Bible, the more I come to know You more and understand how much You love me. I pray I never lose the desire to dig each day in Your Word and also to share Your love letter, the Bible, with others. In Jesus name AMEN!
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