March 20th, 2007
How is it that someone who had never met me — I hadn’t even been born yet — could have loved me and cared about me so much that he was prepared to suffer and die on a cross in order to save me? I might be prepared to give five or ten dollars to a stranger, or to spend a few minutes giving them directions or helping someone across the street. But I wouldn’t consider emptying the whole contents of my wallet for them, or giving them my car or my house. And I would be even less interested in taking a bullet for them or suffering some sort of pain for their benefit. So how big is Jesus’s love for us?
Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians — Chapter 3
3:1 This is why I, Paul, am a prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles. 3:2 No doubt you have heard about the plan of God’s grace which was given to me for you. 3:3 The mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I briefly mentioned earlier, 3:4 and when you read what I have written you will find out what I understand about the mystery of Christ. 3:5 In other generations it was not revealed to people, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. 3:6 The Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and equal recipients of his promise in Christ Jesus through the Good News. 3:7 I became a servant of the good news according to the gift of God’s grace which was given to me by means of his power. 3:8 This grace was given to me, the very least of all believers, enabling me to announce the unsearchable riches of Christ to the Gentiles, 3:9 and to explain to everyone the plan of the mystery which for ages has been kept secret by God, who created all things through Jesus Christ. 3:10 Now through the church the abundant wisdom of God can be revealed to the rulers and dominions in the spiritual world, 3:11 according to the eternal purpose which he achieved in Christ Jesus our Lord, 3:12 in whom we have boldness and access to God in confidence through our faith in him. 3:13 So please do not be discouraged by my sufferings on your behalf, which are your glory.
3:14 This is why I bow my knees to the Father. 3:15 All fatherhood in heaven and on earth is derived from him. 3:16 I pray that from the riches of his glory he will give you strength with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 3:17 and that Christ will live in your hearts through faith, so that you are secure and strengthened in love. 3:18 I pray that you will be able to comprehend, together with all the believers, the breadth and length and height and depth of his love, 3:19 and to understand the love of Christ which is too great to be understood, so that you can be filled with all the fullness of God. 3:20 Now to the one who is able to do infinitely more by his power working in us than we could ask for or think about, 3:21 to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
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