In Ephesians 3, the Apostle Paul prays that his readers would know the extent of Christ’s love and that they would be filled with the fullness of God. Pastor Hinkle shares where and how this is done.
The Ephesian church was a diverse congregation that was united by a common faith. Paul prays that they would be strengthened with power by the Holy Spirit, who works through baptism and God’s Word to join people with Christ and create and sustain faith.
He prayed, also, that they would draw life and strength from God’s love. That they would be rooted and built on it, much as a tree sends its roots deep and wide to draw water and essential nutrients from the soil and to anchor it so that it can grow tall and strong.
Christ dwells in the hearts of believers. His love moves them to love one another. As they encounter one another and live out that love, they learn the breadth and depth of Christ’s love from the diversity of the Church’s people.
Any single Christian is too limited to be filled with the fullness of God. The entire Church is still inadequate, yet all of us together do a better job of reflecting the greatness of God’s glory and grace than we possibly could as indivduals.
As amazing as the fulfillment of Paul’s prayer may be, the reality is greater. For in answering it, God will do far more than we can ask or imagine.