Friday, February 08, 2013

Ephesians 3:14-21 as a Spiritual Exercise: #5 - Love IS Power


In Ephesians 3:17-19 Paul writes:

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 we see that love is power. Love does things. Using Aristotelian language, love functions as an "efficient cause." Love has causal efficacy.

To be rooted and established in love is to have power. Power to do what? Power to grasp, experientially, that which is beyond mere human knowing. Which is the spacious, mega-capacious love of Christ. If a Jesus-follower could experientially take hold of this and understand this love which is in them, everything would change. No wonder Paul prays for this!

I am stopping to pray for this right now, for myself and for you as well, and for all who will be with me at Redeemer this Sunday morning.