The deep things of God – and the deep love of Christ

“‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’ —
 the things God has prepared for those who love him — 10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2:9-10). 

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:16-19).

Paul speaks to us about “the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2:10). He prays that we “may have power – together with all the Lord’s holy people – to grasp how … deep is the love of Christ” (Ephesians 3:17-18). We read about “the deep things of God” – and we feel like this is too much for us. We can’t take this in – the deep things of God.” We read about “the love of Christ” – and we have a very different feeling. We feel special. We feel wanted. We feel loved. There is something “deep” about “the love of Christ” – but it’s not the kind of ‘depth’ which leaves us confused. It’s the kind of love that leaves us feeling accepted. It’s the love that invites us and welcomes us – “whoever comes to me I will never drive away” (John 6:37).

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