May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
These terms were not, perhaps, intended to convey each of them a distinct idea, but generally to represent the vastness of the Divine love; yet we may make use of these various expressions to classify what we have to say on the matter.
1. The "breadth" suggests to us the extent of that love, the vastness of the field for which it is designed and for which it provides. God loves all His creatures — not one is excluded.
2. The "length" may suggest the duration of His love. It is not a thing of today, suddenly conceived, and that may be suddenly laid aside; it is from eternity, and had its birth before the foundations of the earth were laid. Look back, and back, and back, and you shall not see its commencement! Look forward, and forward, and forward, and you shall never see the termination of it, for it is also "to everlasting." Through the whole of your journey, however long continued it may be, you shall find His love with you.
3. And the "depth." Oh, how low has God come with that wondrous love of His! How He stooped to our low estate. From what depths has He sought to rescue His wayward, erring children.
4. And the "height." "He who ascended is the same also who descended; therefore, God hath highly exalted Him." He is high upon the throne of universal empire; and He says, "Father, I will that they also whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am." In the same height of glory to which He Himself has gone; to the same height as that throne on which He reigns; to that height of glory He purposes to bring us — a height to which no weapon can reach — a height at which there can be no sin — a height from which every step may be a stepping stone to higher glories. As the lark soars and sings, and soars and sings, so shall we; but not as the lark, which soars aloft, but ever comes back to earth.
(Newman Halt, LL. B.)
Parallel VersesKJV: May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;