Question 5. Please take some time to write out Ephesians 3:17-19 here, and share your own thoughts on it. What does it mean to you as you contemplate the passage?
"that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, (18) may be able to comprehend with all the saints what [is] the width and length and depth and height-- (19) to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God." (Ephesians 3:17-19 NKJV)
Richie wrote: So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. I think it has to do with Christ filling the empty house with His love. This love includes grace and forgiveness. If I live with this fullness in my heart then it is not possible for the enemy to enter again because the enemy cannot dwell where Christ dwells. The devil wants to fill my house with shame, guilt, and condemnation. He cannot do so if Christ has already filled that space with grace, love, forgiveness, power, and hope. Does my interpretation of this concept make sense? Is this the fullness we’re talking about?
I responded: Your interpretation is wonderful.
It really is immense and huge when we think of God’s love. And notice the verses before and after this text: "(16) that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, ... (20) 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," (Ephesians 3:16, 20 NASB)
It is the power of the Holy Spirit working through the inner man that we are able to do the impossible - to comprehend God’s love.
And I try to picture the Cross being WIDE with Jesus’ arms stretched out, being LONG with Jesus’ body stretched vertically out on the Cross, being HIGH and lifted up for all to see and being DEEP as they bury Jesus’ body deep into that tomb. That is God’s love. Yes, it is infinite, but I can comprehend that He truly loves me.
I also try to personalize verses like this:
“so that Christ may dwell in Bill’s heart through faith. And I pray that Bill, being rooted and established in love, (18) may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, (19) and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that Bill may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”