Ephesians 3:14-19 (ESV)-
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith — that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Paul returns to reflecting on the amazing unifying power of the gospel of Jesus Christ (Cf. 3:1). Through the work of Jesus Christ, God chooses to unify Jew and Gentile so that in Christ we are all fellow heirs, we are all members of one body, and we are all partakers of the promise of covenant blessings through the gospel.
God provides strength and power to each heart to wholeheartedly entrust ourselves to the power and presence of Jesus. In addition to the power of faith, God plants us in the fertile soil of His love and encourages us to unite in corporate contemplations of the magnitude of God’s love. We are to firmly believe in God’s purpose to bring His people together through gospel grace in Jesus, so that we all marvel at the overwhelming reality of God’s love that embraces us and empowers us. This is one of the most significant ways God now makes His fullness known on the earth.
Paul’s point in this passage is not to press home a believer’s personal relationship with Jesus, but to press home how multiple believers should unite in prayer and praise for the miraculous and powerful faith we have all been given, and for the fertile field of God’s overwhelming, love that nurtures us and unites us with God and one another. Paul is stressing our corporate relationship with Jesus, one that is Christ-centered, God-glorifying, and others-oriented.
We need to take these instructions to heart. We need to worshipfully commune with our brothers and sisters in Christ over the life-altering, Holy Spirit empowered faith in God through Jesus Christ that redirects our lives. We need to worshipfully commune and contemplate the love God has for us in Jesus, that causes us to love our Lord, and love others for His glory.
Next time someone says something about their personal relationship with Jesus, take Paul’s words in this passage to heart. Ask them to join you in considering the wonderful gifts of faith and love with which God has blessed you both, and together, or in a group, seek to broaden your appreciation for the beauty of His corporate gospel grace. May God be honored as WE worshipfully develop OUR relationship with Him and with one another!
[Pastor Mark Landess]