Christ Is Resurrected, Now What? — Part 16
It is not our love for God that makes our faith strong, our faith is made strong when we get a revelation of His love for us.
Our faith is strong when we are confident in God’s unconditional love for us. That is why Paul prayed for us to be rooted and grounded in love.
Ephesians 3:17 says, “That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, BEING ROOTED AND GROUNDED IN LOVE…” Was Paul speaking about our love for God and love for one another? No, HE WAS TALKING ABOUT CHRIST’S LOVE FOR US.
Paul prayed that we get a revelation of how much Christ loves us. He prayed that when it comes to the love of Christ for us we “MAY BE ABLE TO COMPREHEND WITH ALL THE SAINTS WHAT IS THE WIDTH AND LENGTH AND DEPTH AND HEIGHT OF HIS LOVE FOR US” (Ephesians 3:18).
In this prayer Paul said nothing about our love for God. The reason for that is the fact that in the New Covenant OUR LOVE FOR GOD IS SECONDARY TO HIS LOVE FOR US. First John 4:19 says, “We love Him BECAUSE He first loved us.”
First John 4:10 says, “In this is love, NOT THAT WE LOVED GOD, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” We now know that as much as we did not love God with all we have before He sent Jesus to die for our sins, WE DO NOT HAVE TO LOVE HIM WITH ALL WE HAVE BEFORE HE LAVISHES US WITH ALL HE GIVES US. That is confirmed by Romans 8:32 when it says:
“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also FREELY GIVE US ALL THINGS?” As much as He freely gave us Christ, He freely gives us all things.
OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT TO THE RELATIONSHIP GOD HAD WITH ISRAEL AFTER THE INTRODUCTION OF THE LAW AT MOUNT SINAI (Exodus 19 & 20).
Prior to the introduction of the law, God dealt with Israel solely based on His covenant with Abraham. After the law was introduced, Israel had to keep the law to qualify for the benefits of the covenant God had with Abraham.
Since Christ has fulfilled the law, God is back to treating His people (those who believe in Christ) according to the covenant He has with Abraham without them having to qualify by keeping the law — Galatians 3:9-14,29.
We no longer have to qualify for the benefits of our covenant by meeting the law God gave to Moses, which Jesus summed up in Matthew 22:37-40.
We now live under the NEW LAW OF LOVE THAT IS BASED ON CHRIST’S LOVE FOR US. John 13:34 says, “A NEW COMMANDMENT I give to you, that you love one another; AS I HAVE LOVED YOU, that you also love one another.” First John 3:23 says, “AND THIS IS HIS COMMANDMENT: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.”
We need to remembered 1 John 4:10 which says, “In this is love, NOT THAT WE LOVED GOD, BUT THAT HE LOVED US and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
We can only share unconditional love with others when we understand that we are loved unconditionally by Christ. SO, OUR FOCUS SHOULD NOT BE ON HOW MUCH WE LOVE GOD, WE SHOULD FOCUS ON HOW MUCH GOD LOVES US — 1 John 4:19.
That is what Paul prayed in Ephesians 3:17-18. In Ephesians 3:19 he tells us what will happen when we have a revelation of how much God loves us — “To know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; THAT YOU MAY BE FILLED WITH ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD.”
Many of us spend hours upon hours praying that we be filled with the fullness of God. Paul told us how to get filled with the fulness of God, it is THROUGH THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE LOVE OF CHRIST WHICH PASSES KNOWLEDGE. Again, note that Paul is talking about the love of Christ, not our love for Christ.
Many of us believe we have to do the opposite of that for us to be filled with the fullness of God. We need to remember that we have already received the fullness of Christ — John 1:16: “And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace”.
So, it is not about getting the fullness of Christ (in Him dwells the fullness of the Godhead — Colossians 2:9), IT IS ABOUT HAVING A REVELATION OF WHAT WE ALREADY HAVE.
When we get this revelation, God will be able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think, AND HE SHALL BE GLORIFIED. That is what Paul said in Ephesians 3:20-21:
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
It is important to note that Ephesians 3:20 says God works through the power that is already within us (Ephesians 1:15-23). According to Ephesians 3:17-19, we don’t need to get power for us to enjoy the fullness of God, WE NEED THE REVELATION OF THE LOVE OF CHRIST FOR US.
REST IN THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST – Hebrews 4:1-3!
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