Ephesians 3:19
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New International Version
and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

New Living Translation
May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

English Standard Version
and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Berean Study Bible
and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Berean Literal Bible
and to know the love of Christ surpassing knowledge, so that you may be filled unto all the fullness of God.

New American Standard Bible
and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

King James Bible
And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and to know the Messiah's love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

International Standard Version
that is, you will know the love of the Messiah — which transcends knowledge, and will be filled with all the fullness of God.

NET Bible
and thus to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

New Heart English Bible
and to know Christ's love which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And you may know the magnitude of the knowledge of the love of The Messiah and you may be filled in all the fullness of God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You will know Christ's love, which goes far beyond any knowledge. I am praying this so that you may be completely filled with God.

New American Standard 1977
and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fulness of God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and to know the charity of the Christ, which passes all knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.

King James 2000 Bible
And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.

American King James Version
And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.

American Standard Version
and to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge, that ye may be filled unto all the fulness of God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
To know also the charity of Christ, which surpasseth all knowledge, that you may be filled unto all the fulness of God.

Darby Bible Translation
and to know the love of the Christ which surpasses knowledge; that ye may be filled [even] to all the fulness of God.

English Revised Version
and to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge, that ye may be filled unto all the fulness of God.

Webster's Bible Translation
And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Weymouth New Testament
yes, to attain to a knowledge of the knowledge-surpassing love of Christ, so that you may be made complete in accordance with God's own standard of completeness.

World English Bible
and to know Christ's love which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Young's Literal Translation
to know also the love of the Christ that is exceeding the knowledge, that ye may be filled -- to all the fulness of God;
Study Bible
Paul's Prayer for the Ephesians
18may have power, together with all the saints, to comprehend the length and width and height and depth of His love, 19and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20Now to Him who is able to do infinitely more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us,…
Cross References
John 1:16
From His fullness we have all received grace upon grace.

Romans 8:35
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

Romans 8:39
neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Ephesians 1:23
which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Philippians 4:7
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 2:10
And you have been made complete in Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.

1 Peter 1:8
Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with an inexpressible and glorious joy,
Treasury of Scripture

And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.

to know.

Ephesians 3:18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and …

Ephesians 5:2,25 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us…

John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know you the only true …

2 Corinthians 5:14 For the love of Christ constrains us; because we thus judge, that …

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ …

Philippians 2:5-12 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus…

Colossians 1:10 That you might walk worthy of the Lord to all pleasing, being fruitful …

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus …

1 John 4:9-14 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God …

passeth.

Philippians 1:7 Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have …

that ye.

Ephesians 1:23 Which is his body, the fullness of him that fills all in all.

Psalm 17:15 As for me, I will behold your face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, …

Psalm 43:4 Then will I go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy: yes, …

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: …

John 1:16 And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.

Colossians 2:9,10 For in him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily…

Revelation 7:15-17 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and …

Revelation 21:22-24 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb …

Revelation 22:3-5 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the …

(19) To know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge.--The intentional paradox of this expression is weakened if (with many interpretations) we suppose that there is opposition in kind between knowledge referred to in the two clauses: as if "to know" meant to know by faith and spiritual experience, while the "knowledge," which the love of Christ "passes," is mere "human knowledge"--head-knowledge, and the like. Of such opposition there is no trace (contrast 1Corinthians 2:6-16). In the original, the word "to know" is in a tense which expresses cognition in a particular case; hence the meaning of St. Paul's prayer seems to be that they may know from time to time, as each opportunity offers, what must in its entirety pass all human knowledge, either to discover or fully to understand, even when revealing itself; so that they may always go on from faith to faith, from knowledge to knowledge, and yet find new depths still to be fathomed. The "love of Christ" is the love which He bears to us, and which is the motive of His sacrifice for our redemption. It is known only by those who are rooted in love to Him; such love being at once the consequence of the first knowledge of His love to us (1John 4:19) and the condition of entering more deeply into that knowledge.

That ye might be filled with (or, rather, up to) all the fulness of God.--This clause must be taken as dependent, not merely on the clause immediately preceding, but on the whole sentence. It describes the final and glorious consequence of the indwelling of Christ in the heart, viz., the "being filled" with grace "up to the fulness of God." The meaning is more clearly seen in the fuller expression below (Ephesians 4:13): "till we all come . . . to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ." It is simply perfect conformation to the image of Him in whom "dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily" (Colossians 2:9), and whose fulness is therefore the "fulness of God," manifesting all the attributes of the divine nature. The process is described in 2Corinthians 3:18, "We all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory;" its consummation in 1John 3:2, "When He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is." (Comp. Philippians 3:20-21.) Here it completes the climax. When Christ dwells in the heart we have first, love perfecting the faith which roots the life in Him; next, a thoughtful knowledge, entering by degrees into the unsearchable riches of His love to us; and, lastly, the filling the soul, itself weak and empty, up to the perfection of likeness to Him, so renewing and deepening through all time and eternity the image of God in our humanity.

Verse 19. - And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge. The love here is evidently the love of Christ to us, and this may well be specified as a special matter of prayer. Knowledge of Christ's love, in the sense of an inward personal experience of it - its freeness, its tenderness, its depth, its patience - is the great dynamic of the gospel. This love is transmuted into spiritual force. As the breeze fills the sails and bears forward the ship, so the love of Christ fills the soul and moves it in the direction of God's will. But in its fullness it passeth knowledge; it is infinite, not to be grasped by mortal man, and therefore always presenting new fields to be explored, new depths to be fathomed. That ye may be filled with all the fullness of God; that is, that ye may be filled with spiritual grace and blessing to an extent corresponding to all the fullness of God. Though the finite cannot compare with the infinite, there may be a correspondence between them according to the capacity of each. There is a fullness of gracious attainment in every advanced believer that corresponds to all the fullness of God; every part of his nature is supplied from the Divine fountain, and, so far as a creature can, he presents the image of the Divine fullness. In the human nature of Christ this correspondence was perfect: "In him dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;" in the soul of the believer there may be a progressive movement towards this fullness. No higher view can be conceived of the dignity of man's nature, and the glorious privileges conferred on him by the gospel, than that he is susceptible of such conformity to God. Who can conceive that man should have attained to such a capacity by a mere process of evolution? "So God made man in his own image;" and in Christ man is "renewed in righteousness and holiness after the image of him who created him." And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge,.... The love of Christ to his own, to his church and people, is special and peculiar; free and Sovereign; as early as his Father's love, and is durable and unchangeable; the greatest love that ever was heard of; it is matchless and unparalleled; it is exceeding strong and affectionate, and is wonderful and surprising: the instances of it are, his engaging as a surety for them; his espousing both their persons and their cause; his assumption of their nature; his dying in their room and stead; his payment of their debts, atoning for their sins, and bringing in for them an everlasting righteousness; his going to prepare a place for them in heaven; his intercession for them there; his constant supply of all their wants, and the freedom and familiarity he uses them with. The saints have some knowledge of this love, some tastes of it; their knowledge is a feeling and experimental one, fiducial and appropriating, and what influences their faith, and love, and cheerful obedience, but it is but imperfect; though the knowledge they have of it is supereminent, it exceeds all other knowledge, yet this love passes knowledge; not only the knowledge of natural men, who know nothing of it, but the perfect knowledge of saints themselves, in the present life, and of angels also, who desire to look into it, and the mysteries of it; and especially it is so as to some instances of it, such as the incarnation of Christ, his becoming poor who was Lord of all, being made sin, and a curse, and suffering, the just for the unjust. Now the apostle prays, that these saints might know more of this love; that their knowledge, which was imperfect, might be progressive.

That ye might be filled with all the fulness of God; this is the last petition, and is to be understood, not of a full comprehension of the divine Being, nor of a communication of his divine perfections, nor of having in them the fulness of grace, which it has pleased God should dwell in Christ; but either of that fulness of good things, which they may receive from God in this life; as to be filled with a sense of the love and grace of God; with satisfying views of interest in the righteousness of Christ; with the Spirit, and the gifts and graces thereof; with full provisions of food for their souls; with spiritual peace, joy, and comfort; with knowledge of divine things, of God in Christ, of Christ, of the Gospel, and of the will of God; and with all the fruits or righteousness, or good works springing from grace; or else of that fulness which they shall receive hereafter, even complete holiness, perfection of knowledge, fulness of joy and peace, entire conformity to God and Christ, and everlasting communion with them. 19. passeth—surpasseth, exceeds. The paradox "to know … which passeth knowledge," implies that when he says "know," he does not mean that we can adequately know; all we know is, that His love exceeds far our knowledge of it, and with even our fresh accessions of knowledge hereafter, will still exceed them. Even as God's power exceeds our thoughts (Eph 3:20).

filled with—rather, as Greek, "filled even unto all the fulness of God" (this is the grand goal), that is, filled, each according to your capacity, with the divine wisdom, knowledge, and love; "even as God is full," and as Christ who dwells in your hearts, hath "all the fulness of the Godhead dwelling in Him bodily" (Col 2:9).3:13-19 The apostle seems to be more anxious lest the believers should be discouraged and faint upon his tribulations, than for what he himself had to bear. He asks for spiritual blessings, which are the best blessings. Strength from the Spirit of God in the inner man; strength in the soul; the strength of faith, to serve God, and to do our duty. If the law of Christ is written in our hearts, and the love of Christ is shed abroad there, then Christ dwells there. Where his Spirit dwells, there he dwells. We should desire that good affections may be fixed in us. And how desirable to have a fixed sense of the love of God in Christ to our souls! How powerfully the apostle speaks of the love of Christ! The breadth shows its extent to all nations and ranks; the length, that it continues from everlasting to everlasting; the depth, its saving those who are sunk into the depths of sin and misery; the height, its raising them up to heavenly happiness and glory. Those who receive grace for grace from Christ's fulness, may be said to be filled with the fulness of God. Should not this satisfy man? Must he needs fill himself with a thousand trifles, fancying thereby to complete his happiness?
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