According to the Riches of His Glory

Ephesians 3:16-19 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 you, 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 passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fulness of God.

‘That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man.’ Twelve things that Paul prayed for the Ephesians: The spirit of wisdom (1:17). The spirit of revelation (1:17). Full enlightenment of truth (1:18). The hope of His calling (1:18; cp. 3:16). The riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints (1: 7; 18). The exceeding greatness of His power to those who believe (1:19; 3:19-20). Spiritual power in the inner man (3:16). Indwelling Christ (3:16; Luke 22:3). To be rooted in love (3:17). Spiritual understanding (3:18). To know the love of Christ (3:19). To be filled with all the fullness of God (3:19).

‘Grounded’ [Greek: themelioo] founded. God’s love is the soil in which we must grow and the foundation on which we must build.

‘The breadth, and length, and depth, and height.’ God’s love is: Boundless (breadth, 3:18); endless (length); fathomless, exhaustless (depth) and measureless (height). All that is included in the breadth, length, depth, and height is submerged in the immensity of the love of God which comprehends all that is above, below, and past, present, and future. It encompasses the universe, time and eternity. It reaches to the depth of sin and infamy, to the height of the infinite divinity. It passes all knowledge and wisdom. God’s gift to man is the measure of His love (John 3:16); the death of Christ is the measure of His love (Rom. 5:5-10), and the condescension of the Holy Spirit to transform men and work in their lives is the measure of the love of the Spirit to man (John 16:7-15).