14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from 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 through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. –Ephesians 3:14-19
The Lord has my church chewing on this text each Sunday for the past couple of weeks as Brother Tim preaches a series of messages, pulling out multiple nuggets in this rich passage. We are now at the end of this section in Ephesians, and Lord willing, there will be at least one more message. I anticipate the emphasis will be on verse 18, 19 or both. I messaged Brother Tim last week with two verses that are profound about knowing the one true God. This was also an excellent example of Scripture answering Scripture. The Heavenly Father is growing me knowing Him, that Christ may dwell in my heart through faith, with the help of the Holy Spirit by the means of systematic theology–scripture interprets scripture.
Job 11:7-9 says, ““Can you search out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than heaven—what can you do? Deeper than Sheol—what can you know? Their measure is longer than the earth and broader than the sea.”
God allowed humankind to know His invisible attributes through the creation of the world (Romans 1:20). Men today know that their creator is beyond their finite comprehension through the examination of natural creation. But, even current science and technology cannot cover the vast knowledge of God for He is infinite. Then there are the Scriptures, which has been preserved over the millenniums. However, millions posses the Word of God, but they do not possess the deep knowledge of God. The majority of religious people in this world do not truly know God.
1 Corinthians 2:10-11 says, “10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.”
If Paul was at the interrogation scene between Zophar and Job, that may be his response. This is one of numerous “But God”‘s in the New Testament that ought to cause believers to shout, “Glory, glory, glory to the almighty God!”. This is one of the distinguishing mark of a genuine Christian–the factual and relational knowledge of God through Jesus Christ,the Son, by the Holy Spirit. Christians have true treasures that the world is utterly blinded to. This reality is magnified in America as many people possess a bible containing glorious truths that has turned the world upside, yet it is truly invisible to them. But God, in His abundant mercy and grace, has revealed to some undeserving sinners the “deep things of God.”
May God help me to know more of Him and to remain in the inner circles of Jesus Christ for the rest of my days.