Do You Know The Love Of Christ For You?

McDonald County Press - - CHURCH - By Randy Moll DE­VO­TION BY RANDY MOLL. SCRIP­TURE QUO­TA­TIONS ARE FROM THE KING JAMES VER­SION OF THE BI­BLE.

“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, that he would grant you, ac­cord­ing to the riches of his glory, to be strength­ened with might by his Spirit in the in­ner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; 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.”

— Eph­e­sians 3:14-19

What is Apos­tle Paul’s prayer for his read­ers in Eph­e­sus? What is his prayer, and mine, for you — for each of us? “That he would grant you, ac­cord­ing to the riches of his glory, to be strength­ened with might by his Spirit in the in­ner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; 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.”

Paul prays that the Holy Spirit, work­ing through the Word of God (Ro­mans 10:17), would strengthen and keep us in the true faith in Christ Je­sus, that we would trust in Him and His aton­ing sac­ri­fice for the re­mis­sion of all our sins and that He, Him­self, would take up res­i­dence in our hearts and dwell in us, as He does in His mem­bers, His Church (Eph­e­sians 2:19-22).

Paul prays that our faith would be rooted and grounded in God’s love for us sin­ners in Christ Je­sus and that we — to­gether with all other be­liev­ers in Christ — would be able to com­pre­hend “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.”

But do you — do we — even be­gin to grasp and un­der­stand the love of Christ for us? The Bi­ble tells us of God’s love for us in Christ Je­sus, the only-be­got­ten Son:

John 3:16 — “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only be­got­ten Son, that whoso­ever be­lieveth in him should not per­ish, but have ev­er­last­ing life.”

1 John 4:9-10 — “In this was man­i­fested the love of God to­ward us, be­cause that God sent his only be­got­ten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the pro­pi­ti­a­tion for our sins.”

Ro­mans 5:5-8 — “And hope maketh not ashamed; be­cause the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet with­out strength, in due time Christ died for the un­godly. For scarcely for a right­eous man will one die: yet per­ad­ven­ture for a good man some would even dare to die. But God com­mendeth his love to­ward us, in that, while we were yet sin­ners, Christ died for us.”

But do we un­der­stand and grasp this love of God for us sin­ners — that God, in love un­mer­ited by us, sent His Son into the world to re­deem us from our sin and the eter­nal death and damna­tion we de­serve. Do we un­der­stand and grasp the fact that God, in love for us sin­ners, sent His Son to be the pro­pi­ti­a­tion and aton­ing sac­ri­fice for our sins? Do we un­der­stand that Christ Je­sus gave Him­self to die on the cross in our stead, for our sins, that we might not have to die and suf­fer the eter­nal pun­ish­ment we justly de­serve and which God’s law de­mands on ac­count of our sins? That is the apos­tle’s prayer for us.

Do we still fear death and God’s judg­ment? The Bi­ble tells us (1 John 4:1618): “And we have known and be­lieved the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made per­fect, that we may have bold­ness in the day of judg­ment: be­cause as he is, so are we in this world. 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.”

If we truly know God’s love for us in Christ Je­sus, it will re­move our fear of judg­ment. Con­sider the words of the Apos­tle Paul in Ro­mans 8:31-39. Who will con­demn us on the last day? Christ will be our judge and He is the one who died for our sins and rose again and now in­ter­cedes for us be­fore the Fa­ther (v. 34).

Can any­thing or any­one sep­a­rate us from the love of Christ? No, no mat­ter what hap­pens in our lives, even if we are per­se­cuted and suf­fer death, we still have God’s love in Je­sus Christ our Lord. Paul writes: “For I am per­suaded, that nei­ther death, nor life, nor an­gels, nor prin­ci­pal­i­ties, nor pow­ers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other crea­ture, shall be able to sep­a­rate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Je­sus our Lord” (Ro­mans 8:38-39).

Paul’s prayer for the be­liev­ers at Eph­e­sus — and mine for you — is that the Holy Spirit, work­ing through God’s Word, en­ables you to know and grasp in faith the love of God for you which is in Christ Je­sus our Lord (and in Him alone); that you see His great love for you in send­ing His only-be­got­ten Son into this world as a true man to die for you; that you see that Christ Je­sus so loved you, even when you were yet dead in your tres­passes and sins, that He suf­fered your pun­ish­ment and pro­vided sal­va­tion for you in His cross; that God so loved you that He brought you to see your sin­ful­ness and the pun­ish­ment you justly de­serve but also brought you to trust and be­lieve in Christ Je­sus and His sac­ri­fice on the cross for the sins of the world for your par­don and your sal­va­tion; and that, know­ing God’s great love for you in Christ Je­sus, you con­tinue to trust in Him unto the end, know­ing that you have for­give­ness and will not be con­demned in God’s judg­ment, and know­ing that no mat­ter what you face in this life, noth­ing will able to sep­a­rate you from the love of God in Christ. God grant this to you for Je­sus’ sake.

Dear Fa­ther in heaven, by the Holy Spirit, gra­ciously open our hearts and minds and grant to us to know and grasp Your great love for us in Christ Je­sus that we might trust in Him and Him alone for par­don, peace and life ev­er­last­ing. In Je­sus’ name, we pray. Amen.

But do we un­der­stand and grasp this love of God

for us sin­ners — that God, in love un­mer­ited by us, sent His Son into the world to re­deem us from our sin and the eter­nal death and damna­tion we de­serve. Do we un­der­stand and grasp the fact that God, in love for us sin­ners, sent His Son to be the pro­pi­ti­a­tion and aton­ing sac­ri­fice for

our sins?

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