UKOWABLE LOVE KOW TO LOVE.
BY ALEXADER MACLARE, D.D.
That ye . . . may be able to comprehend with all saints what isthe breadth and the length and the depth and height ; and toknow the love of Christ, which passes knowledge."Eph. iii 18, 19.This constitutes the third of the petitions in this greatprayer of Paul's, each of which, as we have had occasionto see in former sermons, rises above, and is a consequenceof the preceding, and leads on to, and is a cause or occasionof the subsequent one.The two former petitions have been for inward strengthcommunicated by a Divine Spirit, in order that Christmay dwell in our hearts, and so we may be rooted andgrounded in love. The result of these desires being real-ised in our hearts is here set forth in two clauses whichare substantially equivalent in meaning. " To comprehend ''may be taken as meaning nearly the same as "to know,'only that, perhaps the former expresses an act more purelyintellectual. And, as we shall see in our next sermon,"the breadth and length and depth and height" are the un-measurable dimensions of the love which in tke secondclause is described as " passing knowledge." I purpose todeal with these measures in a separate discourse andtherefore omit them from consideration now.28 UKOWABLE LOVE KOW TO LOVE.We have, then, mainly two thoughts here, the one, thatonly the loving heart in which Christ dwells can knowthe love of Christ ; and the other that even that heart cannot know the love of Christ. The paradox is intentional,but it is intelligible. Let me deal then, as well as I can,with these two great thoughts.