Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Ephesians 3:14-21 as a Spiritual Exercise - #4

Snowy Monroe County road

I'm preaching this Sunday at Redeemer out of Ephesians 3:14-21. I've invited people to share in this experience with me, even if they are not part of our church.

Take the text and study it, and meditate on it.

Consider these verses:

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 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, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Here are some notes from New Testament scholar Klyne Snodgrass.

“Established” means, more literally, “rooted and founded.”

Here in 3:17 Paul prays that his readers will be strengthened with Christ, who indwells them through faith, and that by being rooted and established in love, they will come to know love.

God’s love is the wellspring from which believers are nourished and the foundation on which they find stability.
Being rooted and established in love enables them to perceive love, and from knowing love they are filled with the fullness of God.
Love is both the source and the goal.
When Christ permeates people, they know they are rooted in his love. From the experience of love they know love and are transformed.
From the experience of love they know love and are transformed.

I have been praying, for years, that I would grow towards the kind of love Christ has.