Reading: “That ye may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge.”—Ephesians 3:18–19

Did Paul pray that the church might be thus blessed? So should all faithful pastors. All the dimensions of divine glory are in Jesus. Who, indeed, shall describe the extent of that love which passes knowledge? But pause at this. What is the breadth of it? Jesus’ death reaches in efficacy to all His seed—all His children.

And though that death took place at Jerusalem near two thousand years ago, yet the efficacy of His blood, as from an high altar, as effectually washes away sin now, as in the moment it was shed. Remember, Jesus still wears the vesture dipped in blood. He still appears as the Lamb slain before God. Indeed, Jesus was the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. So that, in breadth, it is broader than the sea, taking in all the seed of Jesus, through all ages. Neither is the length of it less proportioned. Who will circumscribe the Father’s love, which is from everlasting to everlasting? Who shall limit Jesus’ grace? Is He not made of God, wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption? Is He not all this, in every office, every character, every relation?—“Jesus Christ; the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever!”

And what is the depth of this love, but reaching down to hell, to lift up our poor fallen nature. And what is the length, but Jesus in our nature, exalted far above all principalities, and powers, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come! Precious God of my salvation! Oh, help me to see, to know and cherish more enlarged views of this love; which has no bottom, no bounds, no boundaries; but, like its Almighty Author, is from everlasting to everlasting. Shall I ever despond? Shall I ever doubt any more, when this Jesus looks on me, loves me, washes me in His blood, feeds me, clothes me and has promised to bring me to glory? Oh, for faith “to comprehend, with all saints, this love of God which passeth knowledge.”

Taken from The Poor Man’s Evening and Morning Portions by Rev. Robert Hawker, Works, Vol. 8; 1830. Edited by Aaron Dunlop for thinkgospel.com ©2013.