My former Pastor and spiritual mentor used to say that “the true barometer of spirituality is love”, a saying that has always remained uppermost in my mind.
When writing to the Ephesians, Paul spoke the same message in reference to the fullness of God, EPHESIANS 3:14-21. This amazing passage contains an abundance of apostolic revelation. Let us examine it briefly.
EPHESIANS 4:14-15 “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,”
At once we see that Paul is talking to the family of God, and that the Church has come into the revelation of “The Father”. Similarly, today’s Church has passed through the veil from the outer court where Jesus is revealed to the inner court where Holy Spirit is revealed and finally into the holy of holies where the Father is revealed.
We have come to the place of “the fullness of the Godhead dwelling in the Body of Christ”, COLOSSIANS 2:9.
The highest expression of the Church on Earth is “family” where the Father is known and the sons and daughters have grown to maturity, representing all that He is as the first fully mature Son did (JOHN 14:9).
It is in the context of “family” that love can be fully developed and the saints can come to the fullness of God and reach the highest potential afforded through redemption. This has all been set in motion by the restoration of spiritual fathers (MALACHI 4:5-6) to the church who should be models of the fullness of God to the family.
The fullness of God that Paul speaks of refers to the extent that God loves us. “That you may know the breadth, length, depth and height; and to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.” EPHESIANS 3:18-19.
What is the extent of God’s love for us? I believe it is explained in ROMANS 8:32 where Paul tells us that “He spared not His own Son but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things.”
We are told here that God, the Father loves us so much that there is nothing He will not do for us. Being filled with the fullness of God means that we love to the extent that God does. There is nothing that we will not do for Him, the Family of God or for lost sinners.
This is the mature love that Jesus walked in as a son. GALATIANS 2:20 says that “He loved us and gave Himself for us…”
Mature sons and daughters will do the same as John says, “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down His life for us; we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” 1 JOHN 3:16.
Once we have established ourselves in love, and are actually living in the fullness of God, we are ready to move to the most popular verse of EPHESIANS 3:20…“Now unto Him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us”. This is the apostolic dimension of faith that Paul walked in as a result of the revelation of love.
Paul told the Galatians that “faith works by love” (GALATIANS 5:6). This combination of love and faith takes us to the exceedingly abundant realm of power that will produce the miracles of healing, provision, expansion and dominion that lie within our grasp as His Church on this earth. The greatest power and dominion is reserved for those who have become mature in love and faith.
We have come to the greatest time in the history of the Church of Jesus Christ. We are gaining revelation of the Father’s great love for us. This releases the greatest faith and ultimately the greatest manifestations of His Glory.