Ephesians 3:17-18 “…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.”
Once while meditating upon this portion of scripture the Holy Spirit communicated to me something of the meaning of the extent of God’s love for us all. In fact, when Paul speaks of the height, length, breadth, and depth of His love I believe that he is referring to the “extent” of God’s love. He is trying to find words that explain something that passes knowledge and that is a difficult assignment even for someone with such literary genius as the Apostle Paul.
The word “extent” speaks of “distance”, how far reaching is God’s love, and to what extent does it go in any direction. Well, the obvious is that it cannot be measured and is limitless. What I believe the Holy Spirit wants us to know is that “there is absolutely nothing God will not do for you and me”. Glory to His name! Think of it, the extent of His love is such that there is nothing He will not do for mankind, that is how much He loves you and that is the message of the Bible. Romans 8:32 sums it up nicely, “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”
God would not withhold His only son in a time when Jesus was the sole solution to man’s need of redemption. The writer to the Hebrews tells us that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins. Jesus Christ must come in the body that was prepared for Him so that He could offer up the sinless blood that flowed through His veins and thus give up His life for ours.
“For the life of the flesh is in the blood… (Leviticus 17:11) John’s gospel tells us again the extent of God’s love for us. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son” (John 3:16). How glorious it is to see in demonstration the extent of God’s love for us as we see Jesus Christ crucified on Calvary’s cross. You see dear reader, God wants you to know how much He really does love you and to what extent He will go to show it to you. There is absolutely nothing He will not do for you. Why then in the light of this greatest of all display of His love do we not have confidence to ask Him for the things that we need to help us in this life to serve Him and be a blessing to others? It is because we haven’t yet entered into the full understanding of His love; fear is still lodged in the corners of our hearts.
Read with me the secret of mountain moving faith from John’s epistle: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18) There is no fear in love. Halleluiah! When we have the revelation of how much God loves us we will be without fear in our lives. I realize in context this verse is dealing with confidence before Him at the Day of Judgment, but I believe we can safely say that the principle that “perfect love casts out fear” will give us confidence on every day that we live. This is the source of faith in God to know that there is absolutely nothing He will not do for you as has been demonstrated at Calvary. My friend, if you need healing in your body God loves you enough to do it. If you need a breakthrough in your marriage, or in finances, or in ministry He loves you enough to do it. He will freely give us all things because of His great love towards us. As the Holy Spirit gives us clearer understanding of the extent of His love we will become more and more confident to ask Him for whatever we desire. (Mark 11:24) “Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
I really believe Jesus had the full revelation of how much the Father loved Him in His earth walk. You can hear it in His words as He speaks of His relationship with the Father. John 5:19- 20, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.”
Notice Jesus was walking in the earth as the Son of God, relating to God as Father, He was confident that the Father would not withhold anything from Him. He believed He could ask for anything in keeping with the Father’s wishes to help deliver mankind and that it would be granted for love’s sake. Listen to Jesus at the tomb of Lazarus as He speaks confidently of answered prayer. (John 11:41-42) “Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.”
What was the secret of His great boldness in prayer was it not that He understand the extent of the father’s love?
“Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.” (John 17:24-25). I believe this message is vital to “all saints” as Paul stated in Ephesians 3:18 because God wants us to love Him as much as He loves us. (Mark 12:29-31) We can only reciprocate that love as we understand it. Thus our relationship with God will be as the one described in Song of Solomon 2:4. “He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love”. And we will await for the moment when He shall say, “My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; the fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.” (Song of Solomon 2:10-13)