RICHARD DEAN BROOKS
BE ROOTED IN LOVE
BE ROOTED IN LOVE
14For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,18may 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, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20Now 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, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
3: 14-15 The family of God includes all who have believed in him in the past, all who believe in him in the present, and all who will believe in him in the future. We are all a family because we have the same Father. He is the source of all creation, the rightful owner of everything, and he has all power at his disposal. God promises his love and power to his family, the church (3: 16-21). If we want to receive his blessing of this inner strength, it is important that we stay in contact with other believers in the body of Christ. Those who isolate themselves from God’s family and try to live their lives alone cut themselves off from much of God’s power.
3: 17-19 God’s love is total, says Paul. It reaches every corner of our experience. God’s love is wide— it covers the breadth of our own experience, and it reaches out to the whole world. God’s love is long— it extends throughout our lives and into eternity. God’s love is high— it rises to the heights of our celebration and elation. God’s love is deep— it reaches to the depths of discouragement, despair, and even death. When you feel shut out or isolated, remember that you can never be lost to God’s love.
3: 19 God’s love finds complete expression only in Christ (Colossians 2: 9-10). In union with Christ and through his empowering Spirit, we are complete. In Christ we lack nothing, have nothing to lose, and have nothing to fear. We have all the fullness of God available to us. But we must claim that fullness by living in touch with the Holy Spirit through faith and
prayer each day. Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians is also for you. You can ask the Holy Spirit to fill every aspect of your life to the fullest and know that he will answer.
3: 20-21 This doxology— a prayer of praise to God— ends part one of Ephesians. In the first section, Paul describes the timeless role of the church. In part two (Ephesians 4– 6), he explains how church members should live in order to bring about the unity God wants. As in most of his books, Paul first lays a doctrinal foundation and then gives practical applications of the truths he has presented. Tyndale. NIV Life Application Study Bible
ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS and stay rooted in JESUS love for us and all believers and KNOW that our salvation is secure and we will be with JESUS in heaven eternally and we can communicate with him today through the HOLY SPIRIT!!!!
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