BEFORE CHRIST STARTED HIS MINISTRY, HE FIRST HEARD THE VOICE OF THE FATHER AFFIRMING HIS LOVE FOR HIM.
(Mat 3:17) “And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.’”
GOD’S LOVE FOR HIM WAS THE POWER BEHIND THE COMPLETION OF HIS MINISTRY.
WHEN IT COMES TO US, WE KNOW THAT CHRIST IS THE ULTIMATE EXPRESSION OF GOD’S LOVE FOR US.
(John 3:16) “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
IT IS INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT THE APOSTLE PAUL PRAYED FOR ALL THE SAINTS TO HAVE A GOOD GRASP OF HOW WIDE AND LONG AND HIGH AND DEEP IS THE LOVE OF CHRIST FOR US.
(Eph. 3:17b-19) “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
THE PURPOSE BEHIND THE PRAYER WAS FOR BELIEVERS “TO BE FILLED TO THE MEASURE OF ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD”.
(Eph 3:19b) “That you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
TO BE “FILLED TO THE MEASURE OF ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD” IS DEPENDENT ON HOW DEEPLY ROOTED AND ESTABLISHED YOU ARE IN CHRIST’S LOVE FOR YOU.
YOU MAY ASK, HOW DO I FEED ON CHRIST’S LOVE FOR ME? BEAR IN MIND, LOVE WAS THE POWER BEHIND HIS COMING; THE POWER BEHIND OUR SALVATION.
CHRIST IS THE BREAD OF LIFE AND THEREFORE IT IS A MUST FOR US TO FEED ON HIS FINISHED WORK ON THE CROSS AND ALL THE BENEFITS THEREOF, TO FEED ON HIS FORGIVENESS GAINED FOR US THROUGH HIS DEATH ON THE CROSS, TO FEED ON THE NEW COVENANT THAT HE MEDIATED FOR OUR BENEFITS AND TO FEED ON HIS WORD OF TRUTH, THE GOSPEL OF HIS GRACE.
FOR INSTANCE, KNOWING THAT IN CHRIST YOU’RE COMPLETE, YOU HAVE NOTHING TO PROVE AND NO ONE TO IMPRESS. YOUR SERVICE FOR HIM COMES OUT OF THE OVERFLOW OF HIS LOVE FOR YOU.
(Col. 2:9) “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form and you are complete in Him.
IF YOU KNOW HOW MUCH CHRIST LOVES YOU, YOUR FAITH OPERATES EFFORTLESSLY.