December 2013 Scripture of the Month
14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
From this passage and all the other Pauline epistles, it is apparent that one of Paul’s greatest concerns was the physical and spiritual wellbeing of his brothers and sisters in Christ. He says in Colossians 1:9: “We…do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will…that ye might walk worthy of the Lord”. Again earlier in Ephesians, he writes “I…cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers”.
In this prayer, Paul brings up three desires of his to happen to every member of the body of Christ. First, he desires that God would allow them to be “strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man”. He also desires that Christ would dwell in their hearts through faith, and that they would be able to fully comprehend the love of Christ. All of these petitions are part of the realization of being “filled with all the fullness of God”. Our goal in our walk with Christ is that we would ever be more filled with God’s light. In order to do this, we must grow in our strength in the Spirit, faith in Christ, and knowledge of the love of Christ. If we do not do this, we will become lukewarm in our lack of action to draw ever nearer to the Lord.
While looking for ideas for this month’s Scripture, I decided to look through the signatures I had recently obtained at National Bible Bee and the Bible verses which are often added at the end. I noticed that three different people added Ephesians 3:20-21 to the end of their signature! This glorious doxology appropriately ends the first portion of Ephesians, which is all about what God has done for us. Verse 20 contains one of the most profound truths I have found in all of Scripture. Look closely at what it says. God “is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think”. Ponder this for a moment. In other words, God can do for us a whole lot more than we ask Him. He is capable of deeds transcending even our wildest imaginations! We could stretch our brains to their absolute limits, and still God is more powerful than anything we could dream up!
Notice also that Paul does not stop with the word “above”, or “more than”. He does not say simply “God is capable of more than we imagine”. On the contrary, Paul uses three superlative words (“exceeding abundantly above”) to describe the infinite greatness of God’s exceedingly magnificent power. Now that is what I call an awesome God.
But wait, there’s more! Verse 20 continues, “…according to the power that worketh in us”. This same power that is basis of all God’s wonderful works is present in us, His children! This incredible power means that through faith, nothing is impossible for us!