To Know the Love of Christ   2 comments

To Know the Love of Christ

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Eph. 3, 17b-19

…that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the 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.

Authorized Version

I.

Paul concerned that they may have a rich experience of love.  It is the rich soil in which the soul thrives.  Dense vegetation in the torrid zone.  “Rooted and grounded” in love to God–taking deeper, broader hold of it–fundamental to Christian developments.

II.

“Able to comprehend this wonderful mystery of God, this common heritage of his people.

(1)  “Breadth”–to all ages, nations, and ranks of men.  “So loved the world.”  Less would be unworthy of God.

(2)  “Length”–from everlasting to everlasting.  “I have loved thee with an everlasting love.”  (Jer. 31, 3)  “Never fails.”

(3)  “Depth”–stooping to the lowest conditions of men to relieve and save.  “To the uttermost.

(4)  “Height”–its entitling us and raising us to heavenly happiness and eternal glory.

(5)  “And to know the love of Christ.”  That we may so experience his love in our hearts that we may appreciate its sweep and rich content, though we cannot fully comprehend it.

III.

“Filled with all the fulness of God”–meekness, gentleness, goodness, love, justice, holiness, mercy, and truth.”  “Let me love thee more and more…until my soul is lost in love.”

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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