Summary of passage: Paul prays (according to God’s purpose and will from the previous passage) for the Ephesians for God to strengthen them with power through the indwelt Holy Spirit so that Christ may dwell in their hearts through faith. Paul prays they might have the power to grasp how deep, long, and high is Christ’s love–to know it–so they may be filled with the measure of the fullness of God.
God, who can do all that we ask or imagine and then more because of His power in us, will be the glory.
13a) “To know this love that surpasses knowledge…the love of Christ”. To feel it, live it, and embrace it. I think a lot of us take this love for granted like we sometimes do the love of our spouse or our kids, especially those of us who have been hurt by love and have built walls around our hearts.
Thus, I’m not a very loving person and I need to be. Then, when I understand the commandment according to Jesus in Matthew 22:37-39 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart…and the second…love your neighbor as yourself”, I think I may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
b) My missionary friend who seeks God at every turn and completely relies on Him. She (and her husband) are now pastoring a church in Norway, leading others to God’s love. Her love for Him and others is manifest in all that she does.
14) God can do anything. Anything we think of to ask for or to imagine He can grant and go beyond that. And He is able to do this through His power that is at work in us right now. Thus to answer the question, God is able to do everything we ask of Him right now in our lives no matter what it is. So ask away everyone!
Conclusions: Great way to conclude, Mr. Apostle Paul! Reminding everyone that we can have the immeasurable love of Christ right now in our lives and anything else we can possibly imagine because God can do anything who is at work in us!
Admittedly, I changed my answer to 13a once I re-read the passage several times. We can know God’s love and I feel I don’t so that’s my prayer. So I may be filled with the fullness of God. Imagine that!