Our Inheritance by Whitnee Sand
“I pray that he may grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with power in your inner being through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, and to know Christ’s love that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
The promise and gift that Jesus bought and gave to us as His apprentices is to be brought into the safety and refuge of a family. And not just any family, but the Divine Family, the love that the Father, Son, and Spirit share between one another. As Jesus prayed for us, the saints who came after the original disciples, in John 17:20-23, He is praying that we would be joined and unified with Them, sharing and participating in the love that They have for one another. Jesus even tells the Father in verse 23 that He has loved the world as the Father has loved Him.
Ephesians 3 is another prayer, and along with it comes an invitation. It’s an invitation to the saints, the children of God to enter into being filled with the fullness of God. God is love, and so to be filled with the fullness of God is to be filled completely with perfect love. The kind of love that God shares within Himself.
How quickly our first tendency and reaction is to completely shut out this love, because we believe that because of our sin, we are undeserving and unworthy of receiving it. While it is true that before Christ, we fell short into all kinds of sin and were deserving of death, it is so much more true that after Christ, we have the invitation to allow all of that the fall away and to enter into the fullest love that anyone could offer. This is the price that Jesus already paid for us - because of love! His love! He wants us to be rooted and established in His love, to know and comprehend this love, even though it is so vast and perfect that it surpasses all knowledge!
As children of God, as family members of the Divine Family of the Father, Son, and Spirit, the perfect and full love of God is our inheritance. To reject it is to reject Jesus’s death because it’s the very thing that He died to allow us to have. This is also how we receive the riches of His glory and are strengthened inwardly by the power of His Spirit. Through entering into all that He has given to His children.
My prayer for us is exactly the prayers of Ephesians 3:16-19 and John 17:20-23, that we as His children would be filled completely with the fullness of God and would enter fully into our places and identities as children of God, receiving the love He has freely given to us.
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