Love Divine All Loves Excelling…

Rev. Dave Middlebrook

19th February, 2017 ()

Bible Text: Ephesians 3:1-21 |

Paul's letter to the church in Ephesus is a like a Valentine's card. As an elderly man in prison, probably never to see his friends in Ephesus again, he wants to tell the Ephesians how much he loves them, and more importantly how much God loves them. The important message of Ephesians is that there are no barriers in God's family, no one is eliminated or unacceptable. Paul says all barriers have been broken down, there are no walls! In Ephesians 3 Paul gets carried away with this revelation, in v2-13 he goes off on a tangent, expressing how all are co-heirs of God's promise, and uses himself as an example of someone who was once driven to separate and persecute people, but now even he is included. Paul then uses the wonderful words of v16-19 to say that Christ's love is higher, deeper, wider and longer than anything else we can ever imagine, all encompassing, all embracing, all inclusive, and all we have to do is accept and know that love. A love that is divine and excels all loves we have ever known: Love Divine All Loves Excelling.

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