26th February 2018

Filled With The Unlimited Fullness of God!

“…and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
Ephesians 3:19 (NIV)

If you haven’t decided to become a Christian yet; if that decision is somewhere in the back of your mind and you feel urged to make it, I guess one of your questions that eats away at you must be “How can anyone live the life of a Christian in this world?” In answer to that, I’d like to draw your attention to a section of a prayer that one of God’s greatest servants prayed for a tiny congregation in a place called Ephesus. Ephesus was a large and prosperous city in Asia Minor and was the Headquarters of the goddess Diana’s worship. Because of this, Ephesus was a very difficult place to be a follower of Jesus. His beautiful prayer of encouragement for this tiny Church, surrounded by pagan worship is recorded in Ephesians 3:14-21. As you read this amazing prayer you’ll be aware that Paul is praying that they would come to understand the sheer dimensions of God’s love for everyone:

First the “length” to which God’s love is willing to go—it’s limitless! And so “he (Jesus) is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them” (Hebrews 7:25).

Next, the “breadth” of God’s love is shown by Christ being “the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:2).

Now the “depth” of it? Well, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8: 9 ).

And what can the “height” of this love be? Ephesians 2:4-6 tells us “because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.”

Such is the amazing generosity of God’s love for everyone and filled with the power of that love which indwells every corner of our lives, we can all become—“more than conquerors through him who loved us!” (Romans 8:37). This is how much you are loved—so now you know—the next move is yours!

Prayer
Father, your love is overwhelming—a great gift for all peoples because of the precious sacrifice of your son, Jesus. Please accept our thanks and praise.
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill

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About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON
LU1 5JE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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