For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:14-21)
In the original text, Father and family are related words. All families of men and angels derive from God the Father, their Creator. The family of God includes all who have believed in Him -- in the past, all who believed in the present, and all who will believe in the future. We are all a family because we have the same Father. He is the source of all creation, the rightful owner of everything.
God promises His love and power to His family, the church (Ephesians 3:16-21). If we want to receive God’s blessings, it is important that we stay in contact with other believers in the body of Christ. Those who isolate themselves from God’s family and try to go it alone cut themselves off from God’s power.
Paul tells us that God’s love is total. It reaches every corner of our experience. It is wide—it covers the breadth of our own experience, and it reaches out to the whole world. God’s love is long – it continues the length of our lives. It rises to the heights of our celebration and elation. His love is deep—it reaches to the depths of discouragements, despair, and even death. When you feel shut out or isolated, remember that you can never be lost to God’s love. For another prayer about God's immeasurable and inexhaustible love, see Paul’s words in Romans 8:38-39.
“The fullness of God” is fully expressed only in Christ (Colossians 2:9-10). The love of Christ is so great that it is beyond our understanding. The fullness of God is the abundance of gifts that flows from God. In union with Christ and through His empowering Spirit, we are complete. We have all the fullness of God available to us. But we must appropriate that fullness through faith and through prayer as we daily live for Him.
Ephesians 3:20-21 form a doxology, or praise, to God in which Paul points out that God can do exceedingly abundantly above anything we may ask. Neither God’s love nor His power is limited by human imagination.
Father God, it is my prayer today to share Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians with all of those lost souls and believers in Christ who doubt the fullness of Your love for them. I am so blessed to be able to come to You in prayer to fill every aspect of my life to the fullest. Lord Jesus, I want to thank you for making it possible, for a sinner like me, to become a part of the family of God. Amen.
References: NKJV Holy Bible, Life Application Bible (NIV), the Nelson Study Bible.