Many bear the burden of the church. It’s not just a burden that a preacher should hold but the church members also. We might have a neighbor, brother, or sister in Christ that we must help. We must get in the ditch with them to help them out.
A lot is said in this simple verse yet it goes on for several verses. Many truths are being made here. We see a prayer that isn’t of monetary needs or health but strength. We know that there is an enemy out there that beats the Christian down. Paul was not asking for leftovers but the riches of God’s glory. It goes beyond our human mind of thinking. The strength that was being asked of was not for the flesh but the inner man, the soul. Who do you know that doesn’t need strength from God. One can’t be too strong when it comes to God’s strength. We as humans are just lazy no excuse about it. There are days when we are up and then there are days when we are down. We should know that regardless of our ups or downs we should be strengthened.
The reason why we need this great strength is explained in this verse. The first was for Christ to dwell, living, abiding, a working through within us through faith. Some treat Christ as a spare tire. They only need Him when they have troubles. This is a different dwelling from what is being asked of here. The greatest grace is not hope, faith, or love. When Christ dwells in our hearts you WILL love. One can’t be filled with Christ and not be filled in the love that He holds. When He begins to live through us that is when the love goes deep and wide and being rooted and grounded with that great love.
This is not in a fleshly feeling. When you do the above and allow Christ to live in you then you will begin to comprehend the width, length, depth, and height of the mysteries of God. When the saints do the above and allow God to live then we will begin to comprehend the greatness of God. How many saved people have you heard say that they don’t understand the Word of God? The Bible is a spiritual book and the way one can truly understand it is spiritual.
This is to know the love of Christ. Everything in the Bible points to Christ from Genesis to Revelation. Verse 18 and 19 are meant to be placed together. When Christ begins to live in you the strength to your soul will begin to grow His love and to comprehend and know the love of Christ. To know means an intimate relationship between a man and woman. This verse means to know, intimately, relationally the love of Christ. As a believer one has a knowing, a oneness that the two become one.
Do you love for Christ have a private side?
Does your love for Christ go deep within you?
You say that you would die for Christ, but would you? Not many people would die for someone else’s wife or child. It takes a special love, connection to have that love to die for someone.
Paul is summing up his prayer by firstly stating, “unto Him”. God can do it, above it, whether we ask or think of it. The single verse 20 is not just a single verse but is talking about the above 14-19 versus. God can anything above anything that we ask might ask or think. In 21 we see Paul close it up.
You need the same thing we need and that’s the strength of God that Christ may dwell within that you may know beyond any understanding the love of Christ.