What is your favorite doxology in the Bible? Mine is found in
The context is a prayer for Gods high purposes for His redeemed
people. Pauls prayer is that every believer be filled up to all the fullness
of God (v. 19).
No Christian ever has to worry about having inadequate resources to
live the Christian life. God wants us to experience His fullness. The means of this
fullness is the Holy Spirit.
His prayer is that every believer may be strengthened internally
through the Holy Spirit every day and in every circumstance (v. 16). He is our Comforter,
Helper or Encourager, who is called along side to help in time of need. He helps us to do
the right thing at the right time under all circumstances. He is our competence to live
the Christian life.
He also prays that believers will be growing in their availability to
Christ (v. 17a). We are Christians because we have Christ indwelling us, but Pauls
prayer is that Christ will take fuller possession of every aspect of the believers
life. It is the idea of Jesus Christ settling down in our hearts and making Himself at
home and controlling us as the rightful owner of the home. The same word (katoikeo)
is used of the fullness of the Godhead abiding in Christ and of Christ abiding in the
believers life. The verb denotes a permanent habitation as opposed to an occasional
Moreover, Paul prays that we will be firmly rooted or fixed, and
grounded in love (vv. 17b-18). Gods love nourishes the believer because it is on a
solid foundation. Paul prays that the believer will grow up in the soil of rich love.
He prays that believers will comprehend the greatness of Gods
love for us (v. 19). We can never exhaust the love of Christ by our knowledge of it. What
Paul is praying for is a true knowledge of Gods love for us. We can know that what
we perceive is the true love of Christ. His prayer is that we grow in our awareness of
that love for us.
The apostle Paul tells us that the believer is already
made full in Christ (Col. 2:910). We are complete meaning
filled full. This pictures our eternal position in Christ
Jesus. We are complete in Him, however in practice we enjoy only the
grace that we appropriate by faith. We have all the resources we need
from God to live the Christian life. By the presence of the Holy Spirit
we can appropriate them.
The desire of Pauls heart is that we fully experience the love
of Christ which surpasses human knowledge (v. 19). His prayer reaches a crescendo in his
petition that we may be filled to the measure of the fullness of God. The petition is
staggering. The fullness is Gods own fullness, that which fills Himself. He prays
that we may be filled up to or unto all the fullness that is in God Himself. God wants us
to experience His fullness. A more accurate translation is, Filled unto all the
fullness of God. The measure of our fullness is God Himself (Eph. 4:11-16). We will
reach the limit only when we have reached His fullness.
The staggering thought is that God will fill us with all His
fullness. That is an infinite thing that will take place through all eternity. Paul is
praying that we will be continuously filled forever as God out of His infinite resources
continually pours Himself into His redeemed people.
As His great prayer is expressed he breaks forth in a great doxology
of praise to the Lord God. He stands on the edge of the infinite. That we should be
filled to the measure of all the fullness of God who is able to do exceedingly
abundantly beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works within
us. He is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond. What God is doing is
immeasurable. It is superabundantly, quite beyond all measure. Paul uses the highest form
of comparison imaginable. He is involved in something that will be worthwhile a million
years from now. God will keep on doing in eternity what He is doing for us in this life.
Pauls prayer and doxology run together with the plea that we be
filled forever to the measure of all the fullness of God, which is immeasurable. God is
always doing what is exceeding abundantly beyond what we ask or imagine
because it is His power that is at work within us to accomplish His will.
Now unto Him
Who is able above all things to do
Exceedingly abundantly above
Beyond all that we ask or think
Abundantly above all that we ask or think
Superabundantly, over, above and beyond all that we ask or think
According to the power that works in us
To Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever.
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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