Ephesians 3: 18 Frederick William Grant This expression does not refer to the dimensions of the love of Christ, which the apostle immediately after represents as "passing knowledge," whereas he prays that they may be "able to comprehend what is the breadth and length and depth and height." Nor are the feats of interpretation less forced or fanciful which have been performed by some more modern exegetes. It's broad enough in the purpose of God to bring you into the body of Christ and make you a joint heir with Him, a fellow-heir with Jew and Gentile.  Codex Vaticanus (sæc. Heinsius, Homberg, Wolf, Michaelis, Cramer, Röell, Bengel, Koppe, Stier, Burton, Trollope, and Dr. Featley in the Assembly's Annotations, suppose the allusion to be to the Christian temple; not to the fane of the Ephesian Artemis, as is maintained by Chandler and Macknight. What is the object in view in the mention of these dimensions? C. Prayer for Knowledge (Ephesians 3:18-19) Ephesians 3:18-19. ), now at St. Petersburg, published in facsimile type by its discoverer, Tischendorf, in 1862. Denomination: Church Of God 4. The mind must be rendered apt, and the soul invigorated, to take in and comprehend these mysteries. translation. " Perhaps if we were to cite all of these possible meanings and were privileged to ask the apostle which one is correct, he might very well answer, "Why all of them, of course? ?" Ephesians 3:19 NASB "And to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge"- the genitive "of Christ" cannot be objective, meaning "our love to Christ." Who's He talking about? And, lastly, what is the height of the love of Christ? What follows is sufficiently clear in itself, but has hitherto been darkened by a variety of interpretations. I want you to mark what it is. "I know you did it ignorantly," he said, "but you crucified the Lord of glory. Without fire there can be no effulgence, or radiance. This metathesis was suggested by Photius, and has been followed by Beza, Heinsius, Grotius, Crocius, and the Authorized Version. A study of the Epistle of St. Paul to the Ephesian Church in Ephesus. Here, therefore, it is = understand, not = occupare, take possession of (Goth., Kypke). In fact, the Apostle Peter in chapter two and chapter four of Acts offered salvation to those who crucified Christ. In chapter2, He took Jew and Gentile and He's made them one in Christ; this is the purpose of God. Апостол как бы говорит: где бы ни искали, люди не найдут ничего в учении спасения, что не относилось бы к любви. This cubical measurement--for it lieth foursquare, like the new Jerusalem--proves the reality of the body to be measured. All rights reserved. By desiring that they should comprehend it with all saints, he shows that it is the most excellent blessing which they can obtain in the present life; that it is the highest wisdom, to which all the children of God aspire. Besides, the break between, Our division of paragraphs clearly shows, we think, to what object these dimensions belong. The grace of God can reach anybody. This was the mystery of chapter three; He takes Jews and Gentiles with nobody left out. There does not seem to be much force in this reasoning. There is the depth of his mercy. It is broad as mankind, it is narrow as myself. not of God himself, who is incomprehensible by finite minds, and The most likely understanding is that the author is talking about Christâs love (mentioned explicitly in 19a). (c) Where is the measure for all this? How often ἵνα and other conjunctions follow a part of the sentence which is with special emphasis prefixed, no matter whether that part of the sentence be subject or object (Romans 11:31; 2 Corinthians 2:4; 2 Thessalonians 2:7; Acts 19:4; Galatians 2:10, al. 4. “Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.” Solomon knew what he wrote when he said, “Separated himself,” for without separation or abstraction there can be no progress. The knowledge there described is a part—perhaps the chief part, but not the whole—of the comprehension here prayed for. 1. Long suffering, forgiveness, faithfulness, patience, immutability. “That ye might be filled,” etc. This supposes the grammatical construction to be irregular, as ἐῤῥιζωμένοι does not agree with ὑμῶν. He pointed his rifle at them, but his shots did not reach half way, for the royal birds kept above. (c) As never to be fully comprehended throughout the ages. Webster suggests that it is the width of a subject, or how wide a table is from side to side while one is looking at it. 14; Ep. Will you find them? The verb is thus used in a general sense, and coupled with τεθεμελιωμένοι may have no specific reference to plantation. ; De Videndo Deo, cap. God"s love in Christ. As a scholar carries in his pocket a small edition of his favourite classic, so do we carry Christ in our hearts; what if I say we bear about with us a heart edition of the Liber Crucis, the Book of the Cross. It is the idea of staying permanently somewhere. And to this redemptive, these geometrical distinctions have been attributed with a truth and beauty not deserving the repulse they receive from Meyer and others. p. 801 E Strabo, xvii. With all saints, the whole body of believers is meant, and it is implied, not only that all saints have this common study, but also that they pursue it in common. Any Christian may pray for the presence of God, and what is his indwelling but the manifestation of his presence? a twofold figurative indication of the sense: stedfast and enduring. Августин сильно потворствовал утонченным не относящимся к делу умствованиям. But he's given us here four dimensions—the breadth, the length, the depth, and the height. And what about Gentiles? 4:9-12, 19-21). And they who feel themselves “rooted and grounded in love” need no incitement to this survey and measurement, for He whom they love is its foundation, while His Father dwells in it, and His Spirit builds it up with generation after generation of believers. It comprehends all that is above, all that is below, all that is past, and all that is to come. And height — Not to be reached by any enemy. The intensity of human affection varies inversely as its extension. Keep up in the higher element, resting in Jesus Christ, and do not come down to find a perch for yourself among the trees of philosophy. Question: "What does it mean to comprehend the âbreadth and length and height and depthâ in Ephesians 3:18?" κ. τεθεμ. Here is one measure of it, howsoever long drawn out my sin may be, it stretches beyond this; and the while line of His love runs out into infinity, far beyond the point where the black line of my sin stops. Something is wrong if I profess to be a Christian, but I refuse to be "with the saints" (Hebrews 10:24-25). So we have the three dimensions of a solid here--breadth, length, and depth. This love is not only without beginning, but it is without pause. Now you go to Ephesians 2:7, "That in the ages to come He might show forth the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus." The “may be strong” of the RV is a less happy rendering than usual, as it obscures the fact that the verb is different from that expressing the strengthened in Ephesians 3:16. широта и долгота, и глубина и высота Это не четыре различных свойства любви, а попытка вообразить ее бесконечность и полноту. And length - From everlasting to everlasting.And depth - Not to be fathomed by any creature. p. 333 [E. T. 389]. The top is the Throne; and the downward measure, how is it to be stated? Знание же это происходит от веры. This is the end of their being rooted and grounded in love, that Neither, however, can this opinion be sustained. What a holy familiarity with Jesus do the words imply when we come to measurements of all kinds! And the Lord make it precious to you. The term breadth has with it the suggestion of great breadth. What great things man can hold! You probably also know I love to reorganize our home for the maximum use and convenience. Rooting and grounding are consequences of the strengthening of the Spirit and of Christ's indwelling. The only reason urged for this interpretation is, that as Paul contemplates his readers as regenerated, he could not pray that Christ should dwell in their hearts, for such indwelling is inseparable from the new birth which they already enjoyed. He explains how the terms can be applied to the shape and beams of a cross, and adds-longitudo, temporum est, latitudo locorum, altitudo gloriae, profunditas discretionis, etc.-the reference being to the signum T in frontibus inscriptum. They were to be builded up a heavenly house, a habitation of God through the Spirit; and this must have its latitude or breadth, its longitude or length, its altitude or height, and its profundity or depth. God is Love; and in that, an infinity of breadth, length, depth, and height, is included; or rather all breadth, length, depth, and height, are lost in this immensity. He would have the subject always before them. Our weakness, meanness, sinfulness, despair, make one factor of the measurement. We are to be strengthened in the inner man by the Spirit of God; and who can strengthen as He strengthens? Let me come to the very words of our text, and point out to you their order. Here only in N.T. May be able - even still further: [ exischuseete (Greek #1840)] 'May be fully able.'. The one begins at the top and goes down, the other begins at the bottom and goes up, but the surface is the same in either case. And I hope you'll find just what I have found. Such an apprehension or knowledge springs from faith. The love of Christ to men, Ephesians 3:19, is the subject (Castalio, Calvin, Calixtus, Zachariae, Morus, Storr, Rosenmüller, Holzhausen), the boundless greatness of which is depicted. 18. Is it broad enough? The love of Jesus knows nothing of suspended animation. Such a view is quite as capricious as any of the preceding, for the wisdom of God is not a prominent topic either in this prayer or in the preceding context, where it is only once, though vividly, introduced. p. 315). Ephesians 3:18 Translation & Meaning. We might almost pass over the fancy of those who suppose the apostle to take a survey of the Divine nature. But to be forthright it is also used of width in Revelation 21:16 "And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. That is the depth of the love of Christ. It would relate to my moving furniture if I said "This tables HUGENESS is really a problem because the table is so long, so wide, and so tall. á¼µÎ½Î±, that, Ephesians 3:18. Spurgeon. 1. Paul does not ever conceive of a relationship with God, apart from God"s people. That they might exhibit the effects of it in its constraining influence and constant peace (Romans 5:1-5). [Note: See Barclay, p155, for a slightly different interpretation of the meaning of these dimensions.]. (C. H. Of redemption by Christ, extending both to Jew and Gentile, and so the mystery before mentioned. 1. ), the mystery of the Cross (Est. 21:15 Revelation Увещевание о том, что полезно нам знать, и что Господь велит нам обдумывать со всех сторон: сверху и снизу, справа и слева, спереди и сзади. These terms were not, perhaps, intended to convey each of them a distinct idea, but generally to represent the vastness of the Divine love; yet we may make use of these various expressions to classify what we have to say on the matter. In the40th Psalm, verses6-8, "In the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God.". Paul prays, not that Christ may dwell in their hearts, but that he may dwell in their hearts as confirmed in love. (191) Instead, namely, of the apostle adding τῆς ἀγάπης τοῦ χριστοῦ immediately after ὕψος and thus bringing to a close the majestic flow of his discourse, now, when he has written as far as ὕψος, there first presents itself to his lively conception the—as regards sense, climactically parallel to the just expressed καταλαβέσθαι … ὕψος—oxymoron γνῶναι τὴν ὑπερβάλλουσαν τῆς γνώσεως; he appends this, and can now no longer express the love of Christ in the genitive, so that τὸ πλάτος … ὕψος remains without a genitive, but lays claim to its genitival definition as self-evident from the ἀγάπην τοῦ χριστοῦ immediately following. ix. But, as Eadie justly objects, the Greek conjunction used by St. Paul does not thus unite two clauses co-ordinately. But we are not hence to conclude, that there exists such a thing as dimension or size with regard to God, for he is a pure Spirit: but these expressions are merely metaphorical. But the context naturally suggests the love of Christ (Calv., Mey., Ell. Many authorities read: ‘height and depth; but the early scribes might readily have substituted this reading for the less usual one. He desired that the object of study may be evermore before them: “that Christ may dwell,” etc. 5. Ничуть не большее, чем рассуждение Амвросия, думавшего, что речь идет о какой-то сферической форме. This appears to us to be the most probable exegesis, the genitive being still before the apostle's mind from the end of the previous chapter. (187) To the abnormal nominative of the construction continued in participles there would be in itself nothing to object (see already Photius in Oecumenius, ad loc. That figure of a temple still loomed before the writer's fancy, and naturally supplied the distinctive imagery of the prayer. 63, 2 Psalm ci. the verb is thus used in a similar manner, expresses! Wonderful manifestation of his nature over ours: ( Psalm ci. Spirit within, have. 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