Sunday is especially dedicated to the church, and in particular to the Lord’s Day whereupon we learn together of the love of God in Christ. This morning I read a fitting Scripture and some words by Alistair Begg in his new book on prayer called Pray Big: How to Pray Like an Apostle. The scripture that I would like to turn your attention to is Ephesians 3:17–19 which reads:
“so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith–that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
Here we are not told to earn God’s love, but to have the strength the comprehend it; and not merely on our own, but together “with all the saints.”
Begg writes the following:
“The love of Christ is discovered corporately…It takes the entire family of God–the family that we’ve met and those that we haven’t met, those that have gone before us and those that will come after us–to be able actually to get an inkling of the nature of God’s love.”
But make no mistake about it, the apostle Paul teaches that the corporate body of Christ is involved in this prayer for the comprehension of God’s love. And this is a most fitting thought on the Lord’s Day, that gathering with God’s people today plays an important role in comprehending God’s love. But its more than that, as we consider those who have gone before us to heaven, and those who are throughout the world who are Christians. Somehow the rooting and grounding in love that Paul prayed for the church in Ephesus was tied to corporate worship.