By LWAM, Jul 26 2014 04:09PM
Apostle Paul speaks of the redeeming love of Christ in four dimensions; its breadth, length, depth, height. He states: “I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge —that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3: 17-19, NIV)
By declaring that this love “surpasses knowledge”, Paul is in essence calling this great love a mystery. This is in agreement with Job’s poem: “Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than the heavens above—what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below —what can you know? Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea.”(Job 11: 8 -9, NIV)
Although this love of Christ surpasses knowledge and beyond all finite or human computation, The Bible admonishes us to try and know and to learn as much as we can about it, and to receive as much of it as we can possibly contain. God's love has no date of origin, and shall have none of conclusion. Because God is love, love is eternal, indissoluble, and unchangeable. F.B. Meyer says the following about this love: “It is as high as the heaven above the earth so that it covers our highest sins. Christ descended into the deepest before He rose to the highest. He has touched the bottomless pit of our sin and misery, sorrow and need.”
First Dimension – The Length
Length is defined as the extent or distance from beginning to end; the amount of time between specified moments; extent or degree to which an action is carried. (American Heritage Dictionary, 2011) The love of God is from everlasting to everlasting. It has no beginning and no end because God himself is the Alpha and Omega. When we look at the length dimension from a perspective of extent to which an action is carried out, we see that God so loved the world that he gave his only his only begotten son (John 3:16), and by Christ’s death on the cross became the ultimate expression of God’s love.
Although our finite minds can never really understand the length of God’s love towards us we can by faith the accept the fact that Jesus Christ in love, laid down his life for us according to 1 John 3:16
Second Dimension – The Depth
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (2011) defines depth as: The condition or quality of being deep; the most profound or intense part or stage; the degree of intensity; the severest or worst part; a low point, level, or degree. The depth of God’s love used in Ephesians 3: 17-19 means Christ stooping to the lowest condition, with a design to relieve and save those who have sunk into the depths of sin and misery. Christ Jesus was willing to humble Himself and die and descend to hell, in order to save us. Scriptures teach that the purpose of Christ's descent to hell was to preach to the spirits (I Peter 3:18-20; Colossians 2:15). He didn't descend to hell to continue his suffering, but rather to proclaim the totality of His victory over sin, death, and the devil.
Third Dimension – The Breadth
According to Collins English Dictionary (2010), breadth can be defined as “distance, extent, size, or dimension; openness and lack of restriction, especially of viewpoint or interest”. The Bible teaches that the Lord is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made (Psalms 145:17, NIV). By breadth, Apostle Paul was referring to the conquering nature of God’s love. The resurrection of Christ from the dead was the Father’s seal to the mission of Christ; “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8, NIV). As his children purchased from every tribe every nation from every nation and we can walk in victory
Fourth Dimension – The Height
The Bible teaches that we were quickened and raised with Christ and are seated in the heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6-7, NIV). The scriptures further admonish us that since, then, we have been raised with Christ, we have to set our hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God (Colossians 3:1, NIV). Jesus prayed and asked the Father, that we be with Him where He is, that we may see His glory (John 17:24, NIV). Christ’s desire for us is that we should be with Him and not only behold His glory, but also reflect it too (2 Corinthians 3:18)
God’s Lord's love toward us knows no limits. The Bible says that Jesus Christ is the “Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world” (Revelation 18:8, NIV). God had already determined that Jesus Christ to be the sacrifice for the sins of the world before man had even sinned. So then the four works of Christ i.e. His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension, were fore-ordained.
God love mission is eternal as He says to us through His word “I have loved you with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3, NIV). In conclusion therefore, I agree with the inspired words of Apostle Paul that “I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39, NIV)