Eph.3:19 – [That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!

Too often our ears are closed and we cannot really hear what the scriptures are saying. Paul actually says that we can be filled with God’s fulness. That is really hard to swallow knowing that our God is limitless. How can a finite, mortal person like me or you experience the fulness of God? To be honest that is what heaven will be all about. We will be on an exploration of God’s infinite glory; the best part is that glory is in us and we are in it as well. Here is something Adam Clarke said about this outrageous statement of Paul’s.

“Among all the great sayings in this prayer, this is the greatest. To be FILLED with God is a great thing; to be filled with the FULNESS of God is still greater; but to be filled with ALL the fullness of God, utterly bewilders the sense and confounds the understanding.”

That’s the thing about God, it never ceases to be amazing, this fulness never can possibly grow old. His very nature is renewal and being filled again and again is where this renewal happens. Here is a quote from Matthew Henry on the fulness of God in us.

“That they may be filled with all the fulness of God. It is an exalted expression: we would not dare use it if we did not find it in the Scriptures. It refers to God’s fullness as a God in covenant relationship with us. God is ready to give such a fullness; he is willing to fill the Ephesians all to maximum capacity with all the gifts and graces he sees they need. Those who receive grace upon grace from Christ’s fullness may be said to be filled with the fulness of God, according to their capacity.”

What is your capacity for God? Are you just fine in your current condition or has that taste of eternal gotten a hold of you? What is the catalyst for this hunger that Paul describes? The answer is right there in the beginning of today’s verse: “that you may come to know for yourself the love of God”. That’s it, Jesus loves me, that statement is what launches us on the journey for His fulness.


  1. There is an analogy here but it’s not apples and apples. In professional sports athletes can become injured and are put on injured reserve when they are unable to participate. Older athletes retire and never return to the playing field. The church, which actually has even more elite, hand picked, God cloned participants, possessing not just God like but actual Godly characteristics and power, have mistakenly become a part of injured reserve or retirement. The sad part is that as most know pro- sports teams have great resources to care for their members, countless personnel for every area of care. The church has less than or greater resources? That answer is a yes or no and isn’t a week to week, month to month, year to year variant. Thank God things are changing, I am changing.

  2. I love how Paul is talking to the whole church. Could it be that in order to be filled to maximum capacity we need to be together in community?? Together we are Christ’s Body not on our own. Oh Lord!! I pray for Unity!! We need all 3 strands… Beloved, Bride, & Spirit!!

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