Deep and Wide
March 3, 2019

Ephesians 3:14-21

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 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. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, 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.

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 glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

New International Version, 1984 Edition

St. Paul prays that we would be rooted in God’s love and that we would know the full extent of that love: wide, long, high, and deep.  Every direction.

Paul also emphasizes God’s power, which is mentioned three times in these verses (underlined above).  St. Paul ends by telling us that this power is at work in us “forever and ever.”