Hence it is an advance on δυνάμει mightin Ephesians 3:16(see note). 5. Consider it as stooping to look upon such an insignificant creature as man! And by depth we are shewn the incomprehensibility of his wisdom: (Ecclesiastes) "Wisdom is a great depth; who shall fin it out?" Yet, brethren, the height of this love will be best seen in a future state. “It is as if Paul invited us to look at the universe--to the limitless sky above, to the limitless horizons on every side, to the depth of the earth and of the seas beneath us, and said, ‘The love of Christ is as vast as that’” (Barclay p. 132). Every special attempt at interpretation is unpsychological, and only gives scope to that caprice which profanes by dissecting the outpouring of enthusiasm. (C. H. “Apprehend”: Take eagerly, mentally seize and perceive. It takes in the eternity of God. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal." Paul prays that the inward might or virtue may issue in ability to grasp. Before one can enjoy the light of the world, he must be born of the world’s love. He knows that love, in both thoughts and actions, is the key to this taking place in the life of a believer (Ephesians 3:18). Anything short of eternal patience would have been long ago exhausted by your sins and mine, and our brethren’s. He desired that their spiritual faculties might be strengthened, for he prays that they might be “strengthened with might by the Spirit in the inner man.” The schoolmaster knows that the boy’s mind must be strengthened, that his understanding must be exercised, his discernment must be developed, and his memory must be rendered capacious before he may enter upon superior studies; and the apostle knows that our spiritual faculties must undergo the same kind of development; that our faith, for instance, must be unwavering, that our love must become fervent, that our hope must be bright, that our joy must be increased, and then, but not till then, we shall be able to comprehend the length and breadth of love Divine. 5. For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unt 3. λ.] Still it must be inquired whether there be any object more supposably present at the moment to St. Paul’s mind in naming these dimensions than this redemptive mystery? The depth and height must be two different things in this usage even though depth might be construed to be the top to bottom measurement. Ephesians 3:18. Meyer, with decisive confidence, identifies the love of Christ in next verse as the object. you cannot have sinned too foully for forgiveness. 18.May be able to comprehend. There is the length of it. Can you make it any longer than that? He’ has come to lift us to Himself. And they who feel themselves “rooted and grounded in love” need no incitement to this survey and measurement, for He whom they love is its foundation, while His Father dwells in it, and His Spirit builds it up with generation after generation of believers. It's broad enough to take in Jew and Gentile. Chandler supposes there is an allusion in all this to the temple at Ephesus. This quadriform mystery-sacramentum crucis-was explained by Augustine as signifying love in its breadth, hope in its height, patience in its length, and humility in its depth. In chapter one and in chapter two. Colossians 2:2, note; unless the Nominative rather agrees with you may be able,(50) as the ardour of Paul was eagerly intent on what follows. κ. It deepens also that consecration to the Lord which is essential to spiritual progress, for it sways all the motives, and moves and guides the inner man by it s hallowed and powerful instincts. From Divine love, as the root and ground of the soul’s life, comes all spiritual perception. (c) Endless love in endurance. It is as broad as humanity. It was one of the wonders of the world - exciting admiration by its length, and height, and dimensions in every way, as well as by its extraordinary riches and splendor. What is the length of the love of Christ? And that love which thus towers above us, and gleams the summit and the apex of the universe, like the shining cross on the top of same lofty cathedral spire, does not gleam there above us inaccessible, nor lie before us like some pathless precipice, up which nothing that has not wings can ever hope to rise, but the height of the love of Christ is an hospitable height, which can be scaled by us. Comp. This seems the more sensible at this point to me. We found that the way to measure the depth was to begin at the Throne, and go down to the Cross, and to the foul abysses of evil. ), Ephesians 3:18 “may be strong to apprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth”. He's talking to those who put their trust in Christ. 2. The preposition ἐξ has the force of fully or eminently. Proud member 4. Mankind has many common characteristics. Did you find it? At, being parenthetical, Paul’s mind reverts back to, the glorious churchly temple stands out in full view. When a person comes to me and says, "I've passed the redemption point. II. Rom.- ῥιζῶσαι καὶ καταστῆσαι τὴν πόλιν; Sophocles, OEdip. If “Christ dwell in your hearts by faith,” you will be “rooted and grounded in love,” and as a consequence, you will be able to comprehend spiritual things. The length of this redemption extends from the eternity of God’s foresight to the reconciliation of Ephesians 1:10. Sub-final clause again with ινα — hina and the first aorist active subjunctive of εχισχυω — exischuō a late and rare compound (from εχ ισχυω — exκαταλαβεσται — ischuō) to have full strength. 2. [Note: See Barclay, p155, for a slightly different interpretation of the meaning of these dimensions.]. Like a wise and enlightened teacher, Paul desires for the saints that they should receive that previous education which is necessary before they will be able to enter upon such a science as the measurement of Christ’s love. ἐῤῥιζ. On the word rendered "fulness," see on Ephesians 1:10, note, 23, note. What a purpose this is! 6 [E. T. 715], and Buttmann [E. T. 299]. The practical result of this mensuration. And this is what He's been dealing with, the four dimensions of His purpose and grace which is found in these three chapters. The astronomer cannot always see the stars because they are far away, and outside of him; but our star shines in the heaven of our hearts evermore. Exodus 29:27. Spurgeon.). What is the breadth of the love of Christ — Embracing all mankind. Our division of paragraphs clearly shows, we think, to what object these dimensions belong. The way to measure the height is to begin at the Cross and the foul abysses of evil, and go up to the Throne. Keep there, eagles. Hence it appears that the end of faith and charity is, that we may arrive at a perfect faith; which may know, as far as it is intelligible, the greatness of his wisdom, his eternal duration, &c. (St. Thomas Aquinas, in Eph. That they might depend upon it (James 1:17). κ. τεθεμ. ii., and the intervening verses which precede the prayer are, as already stated, a parenthesis. It's broad enough to take us in. The love of Jesus Christ does not surround our favoured island alone, but, like the ocean, it washes every shore. As subsidiary to this, he adds, "and to know the love of Christ" (Ephesians 3:19) to us. From what depths has He sought to rescue His wayward, erring children. 22:37-39; 1Ин. What is the meaning of Ephesians 2:8–9? The entire structure of the holy fane is fitly framed and firmly held together, for it is “rooted and grounded in love.”. It is not necessary therefore to find a specific reference in each of the terms, still less to accept any one of the many mystical explanations. Now you go to Ephesians 2:7, "That in the ages to come He might show forth the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus." is prefixed with emphasis, because only the loving soul is in a position to recognise the love of Christ (comp. It comprehends all that is above, all that is below, all that is past, and all that is to come. The two participles ἐῤῥιζομένοι and τεθεμελιωμένοι, are usually said to express the same idea by different figures-the one borrowed from botany and the other from architecture. p. 541; Buttmann, neut. Мф. He sees us in the ages to come, showing forth the riches of His grace. Breadth and length before depth and height. This exegesis is both violent and unnatural, puts an unusual sense upon καταλαβέσθαι, and treats τί τὸ πλάτος as if it were τὸ πλάτος τι. And to this redemptive, these geometrical distinctions have been attributed with a truth and beauty not deserving the repulse they receive from Meyer and others. California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. The length of this love reaches from eternity to eternity (Jeremiah 31:3; Jeremiah 32:40). What does this verse really mean? Compare Luke 14:30(note); Luke 16:3(note); Acts 27:16(note); James 5:16(note). ), As I was riding along in the South of France one day I saw a fine pair of birds overhead. (Ephesians 3:18.) Baker.). “By these dimensions, Paul means nothing other than the love of Christ, of which he speaks afterwards. If you have put your trust in the Saviour, there's no room for worry. Use this table … "The earth is full of thy goodness." [40] Alfred Barry, Ellicott's Commentary on the Holy Bible, Vol. TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT. The second fruit is, that the Ephesians should perceive the greatness of Christ’s love to men. Of what? It carries the idea of personally taking mental possession” (Caldwell p. 145). In this construction/usage I would assume that breadth would be the overall extent rather than a measure. If anything is to be supplied, it should probably be “of the mystery”—i.e., of the whole mystery on which St. Paul had been dwelling, including the predestination, the redemption, the call and union of Jews and Gentiles. And they were to engage in this study along with the universal church of Christ-not angels, or glorified spirits, or office-bearers in the church exclusively, as some have maintained. As if some planet were to burst from its track and plunge downwards in amongst the mists and the narrowness of our earthly atmosphere, so we can estimate the depth of the love of Christ by saying “He came from above, He tabernacled with us.” A well known modern scientist has hazarded the speculation that the origin of life on this planet has been the falling upon it of the fragment of a meteor or an aerolite, from some other system, with a speck of organic life upon it, from which all has developed. Alas, to a great many religious people the love of Jesus is not a solid substantial thing at all--it is a beautiful fiction, a sentimental belief, a formal theory; but to Paul it was a real, substantial, measurable fact. When He was here on earth it may have been sent down the generations in some vague, pale way, as the shadowy ghost of love may rise in the heart of a great statesman or philanthropist for generations yet unborn, which he dimly sees will be affected by his sacrifice and service. Keep up in the higher element, resting in Jesus Christ, and do not come down to find a perch for yourself among the trees of philosophy. The measure of him is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea." For what purpose he expresses this desire. By a prior invigoration they were disciplined to it, and braced up for it—“that ye may be fully able”-fully matched to the enterprise. Comp. Grotius understands depth and height of God‘s goodness raising us from the lowest depression to the greatest height. "[41] Perhaps if we were to cite all of these possible meanings and were privileged to ask the apostle which one is correct, he might very well answer, "Why all of them, of course? This knowledge of the length of love does not always come to Christians early in their history. That they might be able rightly to value it (Philippians 3:8-9). In reference to human beings, the love of God, in its Breadth, is a girdle that encompasses the globe; its Length reaches from the eternal purpose of the mission of Christ, to the eternity of blessedness which is to be spent in his ineffable glories; its Depth reaches to the lowest fallen of the sons of Adam, and to the deepest depravity of the human heart; and its Height to the infinite dignities of the throne of Christ. Ephesians 3:18 » Ephesians 3:17. by ... “Dwell” comes from two Greek words meaning down and to inhabit a house. By desiring that they should comprehend it with all saints, he shows that it is the most excellent blessing which they can obtain in the present life; that it is the highest wisdom, to which all the children of God aspire. The love of Christ to men, Ephesians 3:19, is the subject (Castalio, Calvin, Calixtus, Zachariae, Morus, Storr, Rosenmüller, Holzhausen), the boundless greatness of which is depicted. 3. The, of this redemption extends from the eternity of God’s foresight to the reconciliation of, as profound as the perdition from which it rescues us; and its, as sublime as the heaven to which it raises us. That’s a lot of love! Is it the overall enormity of the subject? The inward sense, therefore, despite the grammatical form of the words, requires such a construction as shall harmonize with that idea. (C. H. But that clause is not epexegetical of the preceding, as is manifest in the use of τε instead of καί, for this particle does not conjoin dependent sentences-it only adjoins collateral or independent propositions. But he's given us here four dimensions—the breadth, the length, the depth, and the height. Look forward, and forward, and forward, and you shall never see the termination of it, for it is also “to everlasting.” Through the whole of your journey, however long continued it may be, you shall find His love with you. 18. We cannot lay any stress on the dictum of Harless, that the omission of the article before the substantive proves it to be used in a subjective sense, and to signify our love to Christ. ; De Videndo Deo, cap. The Greek word that was translated "know" in this verse is "ginosko." Now listen, there are no measurements to the love of God. He saw you in past ages; He chose you to be holy and without blame. All rights reserved. Mem. We carry the instruments of our saintly art, and the object of our devout contemplation within ourselves. Christ’s church is large enough to contain all the believers of all the nations; and it is so firmly built that it can never be destroyed, but will extend into Eternity!!!”. Now you hunt them up, will you? In a similar manner, Paul wants his audience to be filled with Jesus as much as possible. iv. He's informing them that when God, way back in eternity, purposed a church made up of Jews and Gentiles, He purposed that every one who accepted His Son would be holy and without blame. Such a middle voice-according to Krüger, § 52, 8, 4-differs from the active only in so far as it exhibits the idea-des geschäftlichen oder geistigen Kraftaufwandes-of earnest or spiritual energy. They can understand that it is deep enough to rescue both kinds of people from sin"s degradation and from Satan"s grip. This "full" comprehension is conditional. p. 905. ἐξισχύσητε] ye may be fully able (Sirach 7:6; Plut. It seems to be a general term that is defined by its context since these are the only three usages of the word in the Bible. If you will kindly refer to the text you will see what this previous education is which the apostle desired for the saints. 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