that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
How we love Paul’s prayer for God’s revelation to the church – in Ephesians chapter one. He prays that we understand our favoured position in Christ – and His fullness in us. But in chapter three Paul longs that we would realise these glorious truths in all we do.
He desires that we not only know them but also spiritually apply them to our lives. Paul yearns that we appropriate the multiplied riches of God’s grace in our life – today. We are not only to know about God’s mighty strength – but to be empowered by it: that you are strengthened with power through His Spirit, in the inner man.
Sometimes we misunderstand the reason that Paul prays for our spiritual strength. Often we pray for strength so that we may be successful in our work or ministry. Sometimes we pray for special strength in one particular aspect of our physical lives, but Paul prays for strength for us so that we may be rightly related to the Lord Jesus – for when we are rightly related to Him, everything falls into place.
It is so that Christ may dwell deeply in our hearts through faith. It is that we may be rooted and grounded in the extensive love of Christ. It is so that we may be able to comprehend the vast dimensions of God’s love. It is so that we know the length and breadth and depth height of His love for us- a love surpassing human knowledge – a love that is way beyond our human reason. His strength is so that that we may be filled up to all the fullness of God – WOW!!
What a magnificent prayer to know that Paul was praying this for you and for me. What a wonderful prayer for us to pray for others dear believers in the family of God.. and should we not take notice that Paul was praying that WE realise this fullness.
As we abide in Christ so He will dwell in our hearts by faith – with thanksgiving.. That we may not only know about God’s love, but to know God’s love in reality.. that we not only know He is life – but to have His life living within our heart – that we might be filled will all the fullness of God’s love – as an actuality.
Paul has shifted our perspective from hearing about God’s truth to experiencing it. It is moving from knowing we have peace with God – to receiving the peace of God. Oh! I don’t mean basing faith on emotional feelings which can fluctuate to and fro – but a trust that God provides sufficient grace no matter what we are facing in life.
When the indwelling Spirit works His peace within – we realise His residing power. When storms of life batter our being – His indwelling assurance gives perfect peace. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever, AMEN
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