Ephesians 3:17-19 The Infinite Love of Christ

It is impossible to comprehend the enormity of God’s love. We tend to compare the unknown in terms of what we see and feel around us. We judge God’s love on the same scale as our love; in doing so we shortchange how immense the love of God is.

Ephesians 3:17 “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,”

Paul says in verse 17 that he wants Christ to dwell in their hearts. In other words, Paul wants Christ to be at the very core of their actions, thoughts, and beliefs. The heart here is not the physical internal organ; but your innermost self; the Being by which all your actions are directed. When we have Christ in our hearts, Paul says there are three things which we begin to understand. These are in the end of verse 17, and in verse 18 and 19. The first is in verse 17.

Ephesians 3:17 “…that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,”

When Christ is the center of our lives, we will be “rooted and grounded in love”. A tree is rooted into the ground. It gains its strength from the soil it is rooted in. When Christ is in our hearts, we are rooted in love. Our spirit gains strength from the love which we have rooted ourselves in.

The extent of this is in verse 18.

Ephesians 3:18 “May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;”

We will begin to gain wisdom; we will begin to understand the very limits of our love. Our love as humans have finite limits. They have a breadth, length, depth and height — there is a finite space which our love can encompass. When we are rooted in love, we will begin to understand what love is. We do not, however, comprehend the love of God.

Ephesians 3:19 “And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.”

It is interesting to me that Paul says that we will “know the love of Christ” but then he says that this love “passeth knowledge”, in other words cannot be understood. How can someone know the love of Christ but not know it? I think it is the same as we know our friends. We know them, but we don’t know the innermost part of them. We may even know people very well, but we still don’t really know them.

Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

We don’t even know the limits of our own hearts. But when we have Christ in our heart, we begin to understand the love of Christ. Until we get to heaven, we will never fully comprehend the love of Jesus Christ. Suffice that we are to know that Jesus love us, that Jesus is love, and we have faith in Him that He will take care of our needs because He loves us.

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