To Know What Can’t Be Known

I’m reading through Ephesians this morning, blown away once again with concepts that I have forgotten or overlooked before.  I came across one of these in Ephesians 3:17-19…

…[I pray] that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

Paul’s prayer is that we would be able to comprehend Christ’s love for us, which is all well and good until he expands on it by saying that it “surpasses knowledge.” It is beyond comprehension.  The finite cannot perceive the infinite, the natural the supernatural.  But that does not seem to bother Paul–he prays the prayer for us nonetheless, that we would comprehend Christ’s incomprehensible love.

This is another beautiful example of God’s willingness to condescend to our world and into our lives.  As Solomon prayed, Will God really come and make His dwelling here with us?  Even the heavens cannot hold Him; the earth certainly cannot contain Him.  And yet Christ comes–made like us, nonetheless, to live among us.  God sends His Spirit to come and dwell in vessels clearly unfit for housing Him.  And God deems it fitting to show us the unbounded love of His Son that exceeds the capacity of our minds, and in a progressively unfolding, awesome display of His grace–we call it sanctification–He stretches the faculties of our minds to perceive what we could never have understood before.  He restores, renovates, and remakes our hearts, souls, and minds in such a way that we begin to know what we never could have known before.

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