Editor’s note: The posts you’ll read this month will all center around the word “perissos” as found in Ephesians 3:20 and John 10:10. In the future, we’ll offer a greater variety and breadth of scripture, but we wanted to explore some of the depths of these two passages first.
May He grant you out of the riches of His glory, to be strengthened and spiritually energized with power through His Spirit in your inner self, [indwelling your innermost being and personality], 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through your faith. And may you, having been [deeply] rooted and [securely] grounded in love, 18 be fully capable of comprehending with all the saints (God’s people) the width and length and height and depth of His love [fully experiencing that amazing, endless love]; 19 and [that you may come] to know [practically, through personal experience] the love of Christ which far surpasses [mere] knowledge [without experience], that you may be filled up [throughout your being] to all the fullness of God [so that you may have the richest experience of God’s presence in your lives, completely filled and flooded with God Himself].20 Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3 : 16-20 (AMP)
The prayers that the Apostle Paul prayed are full of powerful nuggets of truth, and offer a glimpse inside the prayer life of possibly the most successful Christian that has ever lived. If Paul was praying it, it must be good!
In this passage Paul is offering his second prayer for the Ephesian church, one that is to be drawn directly from “the riches of his glory”(vs.16)– “his” being “the Father’s” (Eph. 3:14). Paul reveals that the Father has a supply of power which will strengthen and energize those that receive it. Imagine your phone, battery blinking red, then plugged into a charger and instantly the red becomes green, and fresh energy is surging into the dying device. Our Father created a “charging port” inside the heart of each of us, a place where we can connect to the source of life, and be renewed. The “charger” Paul tells us is the Holy Spirit, and when we allow him access to our inner self, he not only brings that power flooding into us, but downloads Christ himself into our hearts! All of this is only possible if we believe and plug in, but that is where this analogy ends.
There is no earthly equivalent to the Holy Spirit, or the love of Christ. In fact Paul is describing more than a transmission of power, or an exchange of information. Paul is describing Heaven establishing a home inside of us, so we can experience the fullness and the love of God.
Paul ends his prayer, reintroducing the Father as “able to do superabundantly” or as the King James Version puts it “exceedingly abundantly…more.” “More than all that we dare ask or think, infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams.” Now that God lives inside of us and has access to all of us, and we have access to all of him, he is able to tear the limitations off, and the obstacles down. He is able to liberate our purpose, and fully invest in our potential. He is able to advance our boundaries and territory of faith farther than our own grasping would ever allow to be possible. He is able to forgive, cleanse, heal, restore, and recreate. He is able to answer Jesus’ prayer “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
What do you imagine “as it is in Heaven” looks like? Or feels like? What does it change about today? What does it change about your expectations? Whatever comes to mind, be confident He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than that.