Ephesians

Ephesians 3:14-21 A Family Rooted And Grounded In Love.

Given the spiritual battle Paul has just written about, and the attendant tribulations for the family of God, Paul prays that his readers might be strengthened (vv. 14-16). It is a Trinitarian prayer “to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,” for strengthening by the Spirit. Paul prays that they would be Christians to the core, for this is what the bible typically means by ‘heart’. In other words, he prays that their faith would be genuine, not a superficial expression only, “being rooted and grounded in love.” (v. 17) Something that is rooted and grounded is something that is genuine and secure. Love only is what accomplishes this. It is not sentimentality, it is something for the saints to “comprehend.”

In Christ there is measureless love. That it surpasses our knowledge does not mean it escapes our comprehension. It surpasses our knowledge of what we know in our hearts what we deserve. The goal of this love is that we may be filled with His fullness. There is nothing more beautiful than to be truly filled with God’s presence. Furthermore, He promises to give us all that we need, “above all that we ask or think.” Again, we can comprehend it, it is just not something we would think we deserve, or that it were possible. The goal is God’s glory, “in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” The Christian faith is covenantal, and as such it is also generational. Praise God!

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