For this reason, I kneel before the Father from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.
Paul explains earlier in the chapter his understandings of the gospel, and how he has been graced with the task of being a servant of the gospel, to preach to the Gentiles of Jesus Christ. The mystery of the gospel is that the Gentiles are now heirs with the Jews to the promise through Christ’s death. The mystery was revealed to Paul, so that he could then share the good news with the Gentiles. The Lord’s intent was to make known Christ to the rulers and leaders in the heavenly realms, according to his purpose. “In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”
That last sentence gives us hope, and shows the love of the Father, that he has made it that much easier to approach him. Before Christ, the people had to go through the priests and the high religious people. But now, we can simply pray to him however we so please. What a God we have, one who has made it so easy and simple to approach. This God, who should be revered with the utmost respect and can’t even be looked at in the old testament, has made us, mere humans and sinners at that, able to approach Him with freedom and confidence.
verse 15 struck me. It says every family derives its name from the Lord. That means every family on earth, unless I’m mistaken. Even families that don’t call the Lord their Father. God formed and created us all in his image and knows each one of us by name, knows the ins and outs. Even those who could care less about him. It’s amazing. His love is deeper and wider and bigger than love that we could ever give, why would we choose NOT to receive this kind of love?
Verse 16-17: I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
In order to be strong in the Lord, he has to make us strong. The misconception of us having to “work on ourselves” or get stronger is a lie straight from the devil. The Lord provides us with the strength. We just have to be actively praying and in the Word, as he instructs us to, and then he’ll provide the rest. It’s so simple, yet we Christians want to make things much harder for ourselves and do the work that God is supposed to do for us. The Lord is wonderful, He makes getting to know him and getting stronger in him so easy and simple…. he does it for us!
Verse 17-19: And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, 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.
This is so hard for us Christians. The Lord’s love is unlike any love we have ever experienced. It is not an emotional thing. It’s grander than that. This love surpasses knowledge, we can’t even know this type of love! This is the love that the Lord has for us. Because we don’t understand it, we get it confused. So many people think that the Lord doesn’t love us, because he allows evil in this world to happen. When bad things happen to us, we think that the Lord doesn’t love us. When we don’t “feel” him near us, we think that the Lord doesn’t love us. But we don’t understand it, and we won’t be able to understand it while we are here on earth. Another part of those verses, “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people…” It seems to be able to grasp the love of the Lord, we need to be in fellowship with other Christians. Being alone is not something that the Lord designed for us. We won’t be able to fully grasp the Lord’s love alone. We may come close, but being in fellowship with other Christians and being able to be firmly rooted and established in love will aide our quest to grasp how wide, long, high and deep is his love. Understanding this love, being able to grasp it, fills us with the fullness of God. We have to allow God to show us his love, and strengthen us with power, and to fellowship with others to fully experience it, and to be filled. It’s amazing and awesome!!!
Verses 20-21: Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
These verses are powerful and wonderful to read!! The Lord can do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine! Of course, according to his power. He is already at work within us, we just have to sit back and watch him! If we are actively seeking the Lord, in the Word, praying, praising him, giving thanks, fellowshipping with others, obeying him, the Lord is working in us. We don’t have to do anything else other than that. It’s amazing and simple. The Lord is so awesome. Just reading and analyzing this small passage has really made me appreciate the love of the Lord soooo much more!!! I love the Lord!!! I don’t know why I fall out of love with him at times, but I’m so grateful to Hans for giving me these verses, this has been sooo beneficial to me on learning more about the Lord’s love.