Measuring the Love of God

Measuring the Love of GodText: Ephesians 3:14-21

This chapter begins with Paul describing what God has given – His grace in the gospel (v. 2-3), a way to understand His will (v. 4), salvation to the Gentiles (v. 6), His wisdom made known (v. 10), the church (v. 10), His eternal purpose carried out in Christ (v. 11). All of this is a demonstration of the LOVE of God. His love “surpasses knowledge” (v. 19). Paul described the greatness of God’s love in terms of measurements (v. 18) – breadth, length, height, depth. What do these measurements mean? Let us consider them.

Breadth

  • The love of God is broad – it encompasses the world (John 3:16); no one is excluded
  • God does not want ANY to perish (2 Peter 3:9) – He desires ALL to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4)
  • Therefore, the gospel was sent into all the world (Mark 16:15-16)
  • Everyone is welcome (Acts 10:34-35) – we are all ONE in Christ (Galatians 3:26-29)
  • His church would be made up of people from every nation (Isaiah 2:2-3)

Length

  • The love of God extends from eternity to eternity (Jeremiah 31:3)
  • He had a plan to save us from before the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8)
  • In the beginning, after sin was introduced, He spoke of redemption (Genesis 3:15)
  • His love never ceases (Lamentations 3:22-23) – we cannot be separated from it (Romans 8:38-39)
  • Through His love, we have hope of eternal life (John 3:16)

Height

  • The love of God reaches into heaven – where God is (Psalm 11:4)
  • Greater than the love of the world which is passing away (1 John 2:15-17)
  • His love gives us hope of a home in heaven after this life (2 Thessalonians 2:16)
  • We have fellowship with Him now while we are yet on the earth (John 15:9-10) – in His kingdom (Colossians 1:13)
  • We have access to the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16)

Depth

  • The love of God reaches as low as man can get in sin (Romans 3:9-19, 23-25)
  • Jesus came to save us from sins (Romans 6:23) – He died for us while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8)
  • Even the chiefest of sinners can be saved (1 Timothy 1:13-16)
  • There is nothing we have done that would keep the Lord from saving us (2 Peter 3:9)
  • But we must turn from sin and follow Him (Acts 17:30) – He saves us FROM sin, not IN sin (Romans 6:22-23)

Conclusion

  • The Scriptures teach that God is love (1 John 4:8) – as God is infinite, so is His love
  • His love is for the whole world
  • His love extends from eternity to eternity
  • His love opens up the way to heaven
  • His love reaches us in the depths of sin
  • Let us not reject the love of God – let Christ dwell in your heart, be rooted and grounded in love (v. 17)
  • If we love Him, we will keep His commandments (John 14:15; 1 John 5:3)

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