“may be able to comprehend with all the saints what

Is the width and length and depth and height— 

    To know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; . . .”

Ephesians 3:18, 19 – NKJV  

     The Apostle Paul wrote more books in the Holy Bible than any other writer. Perhaps of all the letters he wrote to the various churches, Ephesians is the most in depth of them all. In this familiar passage quoted above, Paul exhausts the possibilities of human language in an effort to describe the love of Christ. 

     In verse 18 the apostle expresses the breadth and length and depth and height of God’s love, and then in verse 19 he adds a fourth dimension “passes knowledge” in a effort to help his readers comprehend the UNFATHOMABLE capacity of God’s immense love. 

     The finite mind of man simply cannot comprehend a love so deep, so divine, that it could tear the eternal Son from the bosom of the Father and cause Him to come down to earth as a baby born of a woman, live as a human though sinless, only to suffer and die in a world full of sinners. Such love does indeed pass knowledge. 

     When the Wise Men came seeking to find the baby born to be King of the Jews, the priests and scribes knew exactly where to go to find the scripture text (Micah 5:2) to tell them and Herod where He was born. But, secretly in their hearts, the Jews longed for a mighty king and his armies to march in and rescue Israel from the iron grip of Rome. They just could not understand a baby born, to be king,  in such lowly circumstances, in a stable and being laid in a feeding trough. They just could not understand this. 

     But we are not asked to understand it. Rather, we are only asked to believe! People sometimes make the mistake of trying to understand the great truths of our salvation — the truth of God’s love, of Christ’s atonement, of free and full forgiveness through faith in Christ. God does not ask us to understand the unsearchable mysteries of His divine revelation; He only asks us to believe and trust them. 

     The poet could not understand the height nor the depth nor the breadth of God’s love, which is why in the well known hymn he writes – 


     No matter how far human love may reach God’s love reaches infinitely farther! We need not understand the solar system to be warmed by the light of the sun. We do not need to know the chemical formula for a drop of water to be refreshed by a cup of cool water from a bubbling spring. Nor must we comprehend the mind of God to know that He loves us and that through Christ we have become one of His very own. For that we need only to trust His Word. 

“Why Thou couldst ever love me so, and be the God Thou art,

Is darkness to my intellect, But sunshine to my heart.”


    Just a Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don. 




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