The Love of Christ
Jesse M. Hendley
I am finding some wonderful things in the Book of Ephesians these days. Today I have only a few minutes to speak to you, but I want to speak on a tremendous theme. I want to speak to you on The Love of Christ, that passeth knowledge.
Here in Ephesians, chapter 3, Paul makes a prayer. In verse 14, he says, ‘‘For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family of heaven and earth is named; that He would grant you according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; and that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth and length and depth and height and to know the LOVE OF CHRIST which passeth knowledge, that ye might be FILLED with all the FULLNESS OF GOD.’’
My friends, that is a wonderful, wonderful statement. As you read in the Book over and over again (as I have been reading it and studying it, that it might COME INTO MY MIND) it is interesting how certain texts will leap out and grip your mind.
That expression got hold of my heart: ‘‘The Love of Christ, that passeth knowledge.’’ ‘‘That you may KNOW the Love of Christ.’’ That means, that you may EXPERIENCE that Love of Christ that passeth knowledge.
‘‘The LOVE of Christ.’’ What a wonderful expression!
There are three things in this prayer that Paul made for the Ephesians, and of course, that prayer is for every one of us. Here we have ‘‘God’s family.’’ He said, ‘‘I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family of heaven and earth is named.’’ God has a FAMILY. I’m so glad I am a member of that family.
Three things God wants His children to have: First of all, He wants us to have strength to meet every situation of life. We have that in verse 16: ‘‘ . . . that He would grant you according to the riches of His glory T ...
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