This morning’s Morning and Evening highlights the measure of Christ’s love. Undoubtedly, Spurgeon knew he could not do the subject justice when he quickly asked the question, “Where can we find the words to describe His matchless, His unparalleled love toward the children of men?” The right words could never exist. So Spurgeon did the next best thing any of us can do…
In Philippians 4:7, Paul refers to:
“the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding.”
In today’s passage, Ephesians 3:19, he prays for his readers to know:
“the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge.”
What tremendous benefits! The peace of God and the love of Christ are beyond our capacity for comprehension. And yet, we are given both. These glories of the Godhead are not only available, but inexhaustible. As Spurgeon says so well, “It is so vast and boundless that, as the swallow simply skims the water without diving into its depths, so all descriptive words merely touch the surface, while immeasurable depths lie below.”
The love of Christ surpasses all knowledge, but that does not mean His love is unknowable. We simply cannot comprehend how far it goes. Praise the Lord for His matchless love!
Here is Alistair Begg’s modern phrasing of the Spurgeon classic.
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…to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge… — Ephesians 3:19
The love of Christ in its sweetness, its fullness, its greatness, its faithfulness passes all human comprehension. Where can we find the words to describe His matchless, His unparalleled love toward the children of men? It is so vast and boundless that, as the swallow simply skims the water without diving into its depths, so all descriptive words merely touch the surface, while immeasurable depths lie below. Well might the poet say,
O love, thou fathomless abyss!
For this love of Christ is indeed measureless and fathomless; no one can fully comprehend it. Before we can have any right idea of the love of Jesus, we must understand His previous glory in its height of majesty, and His incarnation upon the earth in all its depths of shame. But who can tell us the majesty of Christ? When He was enthroned in the highest heavens He was very God of very God. By Him the heavens were made, and all its inhabitants. His own almighty arm upheld the spheres; the praises of cherubim and seraphim perpetually surrounded Him; the full chorus of the hallelujahs of the universe flowed without ceasing to the foot of his throne. He reigned supreme above all His creatures, God over all, blessed forever.
Who can tell His height of glory then? And who, on the other hand, can tell how low He descended? To be a man was something; to be a man of sorrows was far more. To bleed and die and suffer—these were much for Him who was the Son of God; but to suffer such unparalleled agony—to endure a death of shame and desertion by His Father—this is a depth of condescending love that the most inspired mind must utterly fail to fathom. Herein is love! And truly it is love that “surpasses knowledge.”
O let this love fill our hearts with adoring gratitude and lead us to practical demonstrations of its power.