Paul prayed for the church to “be filled with all the fullness of God.” What is that amazing gift and how can we experience it?
Ephesians 3.18-19 – I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth
And to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Is there someone whom you love deeply? What special gift can you give that person to express your profound love?
There is no greater gift than “to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge.”
We generally view knowledge as something that involves perception, learning, and reasoning.
Knowledge in the Bible is intimate and relational.
And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord (Genesis 4.1).
When we pray with Paul, we ask God to grant an experiential knowledge of Christ’s love.
Love goes beyond human perception, learning, and reasoning. We can’t put the experience in words. All we can do is pray that God grants our loved ones the experience.
Filled to the Fullness of God
The next petition is the request to “be filled with all the fullness of God.”
How can a human expect to be filled with all the fullness of God?
Imagine a five-gallon bucket. There is an entire ocean waiting to completely fill the bucket.
If the lid is tightly fastened, the ocean is denied entry. If you take the lid off but the bucket is filled with rocks, only a small amount of the ocean will be permitted in.
God desires to fill the “buckets” of our lives with his fullness. Will we open ourselves and allow God to give us this gift? Will we remove the “rocks” of selfishness and allow more of God to fill us?
God’s Power Within Us
When we are filled to the fullness of God, his power is able to work in and through us.
Ephesians 3.20-21 – Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine,
To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
The Holy Spirit is the agent of God’s presence and power within us. That is why Paul commanded the church to be filled with the Spirit.
Ephesians 5.18 – Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.
Note the connection between being “filled with all the fullness of God” and “be filled with the Spirit.”
When the “rocks” of sin, selfishness, and willfulness are removed, the Spirit has free reign to release his power.
Our prayers, attitudes, and actions will be empowered by the Spirit. We will accomplish far more than we can ask or imagine.
When we survey God’s magnificent gifts to humans, we will join Paul and say: “To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
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