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Ephesians 3:13-21 What a great cry and boast the world makes of their knowledge and skills! And yet how insecure and inadequate, how limited and useless is the same! A scholar puts to shame the supposedly secure results of scholarship of another. And when a man has gotten very much in worldly knowledge, he finally comes to the conclusion that he really knows nothing. Much of human knowledge remains closed, although temporal knowledge does not go beyond the things of this earth. And as soon as it ventures further, it is horrible confusion, ignorance and foolishness. And what benefits does the world's knowledge have? At best, it provides brief, superficial, temporal gain; the heart, the immortal soul cannot satisfy and delight it, and in tribulation, distress and death it offers no comfort and support, there is no answer to the most important question: "How do I get to God, how am I eternally saved?" In the last hour all philosophy leaves man in the lurch. Our epistle boasts an insight that deserves the name, that is certainly despised by the wise world, because it surpasses and exceeds all human knowledge. But this is a sure knowledge that cannot be groping in the darkness, that rests on solid, even divine reason, and that brings most exquisite, most beautiful benefit for salvation. What is it? The knowledge of the love of Christ.1 Let us learn this knowledge in order that we have the perfect price of wisdom. We say: The highest, most blessed knowledge is to know the love of Christ. We consider: 1. What is the love of Christ? a. Christ made his father again into our Father by his coming to earth, and by his bitter suffering and death and thus has reunited heaven and earth, God and man, the families in heaven and the families of the earth with each other that we renegade people again can be called the children of God.2 b. Those who have become children of God by faith, in whose hearts Christ dwells, whom he also notes, that He, together with the Father and the Holy Spirit, comes to them and has His residence in them. Oh, what love! In poor man's heart lives Christ, the King of Heaven.3 c. From all the faithful on earth, he has joined together a holy Church, a wonderful building that spreads in all directions over the earth and is composed of members of all peoples, of Jews and Gentiles. This wonderful building stands as a monument of incomprehensible love of Christ in the world and Christ still works on this building, that He gains always greater expansion, and he has also put us in this building. In this magnificent temple
Ephesians 3:19. Ephesians 3:14-15. 3 Ephesians 3:17a.
Christ lives with His grace and love and all the stones are connected in that through intimate brotherly love with each other.4 Yes, the knowledge of this love of Christ, to which we owe our whole salvation, which has purchased and built a holy Church on earth and also has brought us to her, this is the highest knowledge that far surpasses all thinking and comprehension. 2. What blessed benefit and profit does this knowledge bring? a. Whoever has this faithful knowledge, in which it has brought about the most wonderful change, has entered into a new relationship to God, who has become a new creature that is no longer ruled by the evil spirit of hell, but the Spirit of God, who knows himself in possession of the greatest happiness: to be God's child and heir.5 b. The more the Christian grows in this knowledge and gratefully delights in it, the more he is filled with all sorts of God's fullness6, the more abundantly the divine stream of blessings gushes over him and in him in all sorts of spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ 7, comfort in all sorts of affliction, certainty of being a child of God, the grace of God, of peace with God, the obtaining of an heavenly inheritance. c. This great, blessed richness in Christ makes Christians willing and able also to endure all tribulation for the sake of Jesus' name, and also willingly to suffer with those and not to be ashamed of those tribulations that were the means of God's hand to lead them to the blessed knowledge of the love of Christ.8 d. Finally this knowledge drives Christians to let his entire live be praise of the grace and power of Christ that works in him until finally he enters into the upper congregation of Christ by faith where he then wants and will let resound the praise of the love of Christ transcending all knowledge.9 W.H.
Ephesians 3:18, 17b. Ephesians 3:14-15. 6 Ephesians 3:19b. 7 Ephesians 1:3. 8 Ephesians 3:13. 9 Ephesians 3:20-21.