Comprehending the Fullness of God’s Love

Ephesians 3:17-19  –  that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

 

God’s love is total, says Paul. It reaches every corner of our experience. It is wide—it covers the breadth of our own experience, and it reaches out to the whole world. God’s love is long—it continues the length of our lives. It is high—it rises to the heights of our celebration and elation. His 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.

 

The “fullness” of his love is fully expressed only in Christ (Colossians 2:9, 10). In union with Christ and through his empowering Spirit, we are complete. We have all the fullness of God available to us. But we must appropriate that fullness through faith and through prayer as we daily live for him.

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Our Only Hope of Salvation

John 14:6  –  Jesus saith unto him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”


What Jesus taught and what he did are tied inseparably to who he is. The Bible shows Jesus as fully human and fully God. Although Jesus took upon himself full humanity and lived as a man, he never ceased to be the eternal God who has always existed, the Creator and Sustainer of all things, and the source of eternal life. This is the truth about Jesus, and the foundation of all truth. If we cannot or do not believe this basic truth, we will not have enough faith to trust our eternal destiny to him. That is why John wrote this Gospel-to build faith and confidence in Jesus Christ so that we may believe that he truly was and is the Son of God.

This is one of the most basic and important passages in Scripture. How can we know the way to God? Only through Jesus. Jesus is the way because he is both God and man. By uniting our life with his, we are united with God. Trust Jesus to take you to the Father, and all the benefits of being God’s child will be yours!


JESUS ESTABLISHED THE WAY OF SALVATION FOR THE HUMAN RACE. HE CAME TO EARTH TO SAVE US BECAUSE WE CAN’T SAVE OURSELVES FROM SIN AND ITS CONSEQUENCES. NO MATTER HOW GOOD WE ARE, WE CAN’T ELIMINATE THE SINFUL NATURE PRESENT IN ALL OF US. ONLY JESUS CAN DO THAT. JESUS DIDN’T COME TO HELP PEOPLE SAVE THEMSELVES; HE CAME TO BE THEIR SAVIOR FROM THE POWER AND PENALTY OF SIN. THANK CHRIST FOR HIS DEATH ON THE CROSS FOR YOUR SIN, AND THEN ASK HIM TO TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE. YOUR NEW LIFE BEGINS AT THAT MOMENT.


Peace Amid the Storm

Luke 8:23-24  –  But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy. And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.

As Jesus and his disciples crossed the Sea of Galilee, a fierce storm came upon them. Jesus was asleep and his disciples were afraid that the storm would capsize their vessel and they would all drown. They awoke Jesus and he “rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased , and there was calm.”

At many times throughout our lives we will be faced with hardship or trouble: turbulent storms that create disruption in our day to day living. Most often these storms come with little or no warning, and so we find ourselves devastated and unprepared to handle them. The uncertainty and confusion created by these storms in our lives can lead to fear and panic. Christians are not immune to the storms that others face. However, if we know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and we hold tight to our faith in him, we can experience peace amid the storm. Those of us who are faithful followers of Christ have the blessed assurance that Jesus will help us navigate the raging waters that we encounter – that he will calm the storm.


Just A Closer Walk

Philippians 3:8-9  –  “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:”

 

Imagine a father who often travels and works long hours while at home. He seldom sees his ten-year-old son. But the boy’s birthday is coming so the father leaves a note: “Will be out of town on your birthday, but will return Saturday with gift. What would you like—video game, bike, stereo? Circle the one you want.” The father can afford about anything the boy could ever want. Late that night, the dad sees what his son has circled—“Saturday.”
The boy could have chosen any plaything he wanted, but most of all he wanted to spend time with, and get to know his father. That’s the heart of this familiar spiritual. “Just a closer walk with Thee,” that’s all we ask. As Paul said, “I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:8).
Fortunately, we don’t have an “absentee” heavenly Father. He is there for us and will grant this request. It is his desire for us to spend time getting to know him. He is happy to walk with us, to share our burdens, to guide us safely to the shore of His kingdom.


No Burden Too Heavy

Psalm 55:22  –  Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.


Sometimes our burdens seem to be more than we can bear, and we wonder how we can go on. If we have been saved by the blood of Jesus Christ and the spirit of God dwells within us, we have the ability to call upon the Lord for help. God is our ultimate comforter, through Christ and through the Holy Spirit. Comfort is relief from burdens, encouragement for a new day, exhortation to rise above the burdens that afflict us, and hope that the pain and suffering will ultimately end. Having Jesus in our lives means having a supply of comfort that is equal to our need for comfort. He is the only one who can comfort and heal a broken heart and spirit, and his love and compassion for us runs deeper than the deepest sea. When it seems we cannot bear the burdens we carry, it is then that God, who loves us, will carry us.


Victory Over the Grave

John 11:25-26  –  “…I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:  and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.

Rejoice in the promises of our Lord Jesus Christ! Because Christ rose from the dead as he promised, we know that what he said is true-he is God. Because he rose, we have certainty that our sins are forgiven. Because he rose, he lives and represents us to God. Because he rose and defeated death, we know we will also be raised. Death will not have final victory over the Christian believer, for we shall live just as Jesus Christ our Lord lives!


Unchanging Truth

John 18:37  –  Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then?
Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

The Bible makes claims about spiritual truth-truth that is absolute and constant despite our feelings and beliefs to the contrary. Human beings have always wanted to reserve the right to determine spiritual truth. While we readily accept truth in other arenas-the law of gravity, the rules of mathematics-we’d like to pick and choose when it comes to spiritual truth. The Bible makes it very clear that we do not determine truth, but rather we discover truth. We are free to ignore truth if we so choose, but we do so at our own risk.

Truth is always timely; it applies today and in the future. Because it is connected with God’s changeless character, it is also changeless. Consider the countless hours that have been spent in careful study of every sentence of Scripture. The Bible has withstood the test of time. Because God is truth, you can trust his Word to guide you.

Jesus himself is the truth that sets us free (John 8:36). He is the source of truth, the perfect standard of what is right. He frees us from the consequences of sin, from self-deception, and from deception by Satan. He shows us clearly the way to eternal life with God. Thus Jesus does not give us freedom to do what we want, but to follow God. As we seek to serve God, Jesus’ perfect truth frees us to be all that God meant us to be.

The human quest for truth finds its fulfillment in Jesus Christ.