A Note from Our Pastor:
“And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.“Ephesians 3:19
Good Morning Dearly Beloved,
The Apostle began his prayer for his readers in verse 14, as he said he bows his knees before the Father in Heaven. Now in verse 19 he is going to offer his last petition. His prayer is going to conclude with this request — may his readers be filled with all the fulness of God.
The Apostle’s prayer here is not for his readers to have full comprehension of the triune Godhead nor even for his readers to have the fulness of grace within them. There are limits to how much we can know God and experience his grace in this lifetime. A prayer for blessings which exceed those limits is a foolish prayer.
Rather, the Apostle is praying first that we, as recipients of this letter, would be filled with the love of God. Not just a knowledge of the love of God where that love resides in the corner and leaves room for backbiting, bitterness, and bigotry. But rather to be filled fully with it so that we are motivated to keep his commandment to love God first and love our neighbor second.
Furthermore, the Apostle is praying that we would be filled with the spirit. This comes in many ways; first, being filled with the Spirit to know the truth of God. To know about his salvation and to reside in the hope that generates. Second, being filled with the Spirit to experience the comfort of God. To know fully the words of Jesus that when we pray to him he sends the Spirit unto us as the comforter. Finally, being filled with the Spirit to testify to others about the gifts of God in our lives. To speak of his blessings to us and the providence we have experienced.
Finally, the Apostle is praying that we would know the fulness of God in salvation. That we would understand the completed work of Jesus Christ and how nothing needs to be added to that work. In doing so, we are filled with hope of an eternal home in heaven. But we are also filled with a sense that we have been made right with God. Although sinners daily, God has forgiven our sins and made us justified in and with him. This fulness leads to a sense of blessings and mercy that are then bestowed on those around us.
This same prayer is one that we should pray for each other daily.
Our Prayers are with you daily,
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