The Epistle of the Apostle and our own experience tell us we are “rooted and grounded in love” in Christ Jesus. Oh, indeed, what a love it is! It is broad, it is long, it is deep and it is high; and it is well beyond our human understanding; but comprehended only in the wonder of revelation by the Spirit of our God (see Ephesians 3:17-19).
Love is comprehended as Christ dwells in our hearts by faith. Dwelling in us, yes; but more–rooted and grounded deep within. It is a deep planting in the heart that continuously bears fruit in word and deed. It is actively working in us and producing the Life of God, Who is Love, as an expression of a gracious flow of His Nature, Essence and Being. We become godly [Mystery of Godliness, 1/24/21] and manifest the “fulness of God.”
Lest we think this is too high a thought, it is exactly the thought of the Apostle who wrote: “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. Unto Him be glory in the Church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21). According to the dunamis (Gr. miraculous power, force, ability, might, strength, wonderful work) of God in us by the Holy Spirit actively producing the deep love of Christ in the Saint.
This is the love that suffers long, is kind, bears all things, hopes all things, endures all things (see I Corinthians 13). Yes, it is too high, too deep, too broad, too wide for merely mortal man; but not for the Spirit-filled Saint, who by the grace of God can “do all things through Christ who empowers”(Gr. endunamoo) him (Philippians 4:13).
As deep, wide, high and long as the love of Christ is; it is also true there is no “height, nor depth. . .(that) shall be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our LORD” (Romans 8:39). What a marvelous contrast to ponder. Nothing outside can separate us from what we have inside, in our hearts by faith.
As we read the Scriptures, let us come to understand that what the Apostles were given, we are given. What the Apostles left us as an inheritance of the “Apostles Doctrine” (Acts 2:42), we have an apostolicity that flows to us and to our children today. The same Spirit that was poured out on them at Pentecost is the same Spirit that flows in us now. May we continue in that same fellowship and communion and prayer; for the fruit of that same Spirit is Love.