The Fullness of God and Entering His Love
And to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
This verse is simply memorizing! Paul concludes Ephesians 3:14-19, which is a heartfelt prayer from the apostle on behalf of these Ephesians with this rather captivating revelation. This prayer petitions the Father for inner strength, the continual inner awareness of Christ through faith, love being the grounding or anchor for the Ephesians, and that they would have the ability to comprehend the love of Christ, which is far more vast then our understanding can handle, and in so doing that they would be filled with the fullness of God.
It is quite fascinating that being filled with all the fullness of God is equated to knowing the love of Christ. The Greek word for "to know" here is the word γινώσκω (ghinosko), which means to know through experience or acquaintance. This word connotes knowledge that is gained through the fives senses, it is experiential knowledge. This love is the fullness of God.
God's fullness is not found then in judgement, condemnation, wrath, or anything of the sort. Rather it is love that captures His essence. Thus to know this love is to have intimate experience with the very core of God. It is as though we are invited to peer behind the veil into His most deep and intimate part, and enter in. Paul then says that knowing this love will result in our being filled with the fullness of God. What an absolutely amazing statement! I cannot even fathom being filled with the fullness of God! To be bursting, possessed, and seething with divine affection. The thought is unimaginable! Can any man truly contain this pure love? Will not his heart stop, or his body be vaporized from the sheer intensity of such a love?
Yet we are invited in, we are beckoned to come nearer and nearer. I must admit the thought of stepping behind the veil and into this love makes me tremble in fear. Can such a love bathe me and fill me without doing some damage to me? Will not this love force some ugly things within me to the surface? Will not the extraction of such ingrained deceptions be so thoroughly excruciating that the pain alone might kill me? What if that which is removed is who I thought I truly was? Who then will I be? These fears mount, the more I entertain them, and the more they grip at my throat, threatening, and gnashing their teeth.
This is indeed the invitation we find here. An invitation to be thoroughly purged by the continual momentum of divine affection. The fear of being so thoroughly loved, nips and bites at our heels. barking out threats and deterring us from entering in. The whole of the Christian experience is found in deciding moment by moment, day by day, whether or not we will get a little closer, and allow His love to move in and replace the contorted and distorted realities that inhabit our inner world with truth, love, and acceptance.
Today my friends, I will inch my way nearer, bear the excruciating pain that accompanies the removal of such deception, and risk allowing myself to be loved. I encourage you to do the same. For indeed what we think we are will probably die, yet it is our belief that after death is indeed resurrection and new life.