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Comprehending His Call

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

In the book of Ephesians Paul lays out the immensity of God’s purpose in salvation. Its scope transcends the apprehensions of knowledge; only the love of God can grasp His Call.

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

There can be no more significant statement in all of scripture than the one above. May we savor and hold this statement in awe… “The YE might be filled with ALL the fulness of God”. In our haste and in our skimming the surface of His Word there are places where God would desire to impact us afresh with HIS purpose. Many will read these words and yet miss the wonder of His call to us in Christ.

Paul, carried away in the Spirit of revelation, followed this grand summation of God’s purposes with:

Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us”
Ephesians 3:20

How little have His purposes impacted our hearts with the enormity of His power. How limited we are in our current state to realize the vastness of all that Christ has secured for those who love Him.

There are keys given by the Spirit of God that are essential for us to begin to see the “breadth, and length, and depth, and height” of Him. Years ago in my own journey with Him, the truth began to dawn on me that my capacity to know God was not dependent upon my intellect nor my personal pursuit of scriptural knowledge; it was entirely dependent upon the state of my heart.

“Blessed are the pure in heart
for they shall see God”
Matthew 5:8

“Strive… for the holiness
without which no one will see the Lord”
Hebrews 12:14

We are plainly told in verse 19 that we are to “know” the love of Christ” that transcends knowledge. Let us pause for a moment and allow His grace to permeate our hearts whereby we may touch the true state of our humanity and the wonder of His condescension towards us in Christ.

There are many forms of knowledge especially in the religious world but it is in proportion to our knowing the Love of Christ in its divinity and its power that we are changed. Many speak of this love but its validity can only be expressed by the life we live. It is a love that “surpasses knowledge” and transcends human thought. The grandeur and the scope of it can only be realized through our relationship with Him (John 15:1-12).

John sums up the true analysis of our knowing God:

“He that loveth not knoweth not God”
1 John 4:8

It is in our seeing that the “love of Christ” is the vehicle and the means to our being filled with His fulness that our pursuit of God takes on clarity. Without knowing His love and being transformed by it, we will circumvent His provision to fulfill His Call.

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

See related Post: Love and Perfection

(continued)

“Contemplate the love of Christ, and you will love. Stand before that mirror, reflect Christ’s character, and you will be changed into the same image from tenderness to tenderness. There is no other way. You cannot love to order. You can only look at the lovely object, and fall in love with it, and grow into likeness to it”
– Henry Drummond

Brian Troxel

 

3 Comments

  • Curleen Johnson says:

    Amen. “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
    Stay Blessed BT…

  • pcviii03 says:

    “…Years ago in my own journey with Him, the truth began to dawn on me that my capacity to know God was not dependent upon my intellect nor my personal pursuit of scriptural knowledge; it was entirely dependent upon the state of my heart…”

    How often we skim over scripture. I don’t think i have really looked into Ephesians 3:19.
    Somehow, I have known this for many years, and have made my own pursuit of God, but It’s true that the Holy Spirit will fill us with all knowledge.

    God bless you, brother.

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