Preachers often wish they mentioned something in a sermon after the fact. This past Sunday’s sermon falls into that category for me. If you missed last Sunday’s sermon, you can catch up here. I wish I mentioned one more thing to you this past Sunday. Instead, I’ll share my thought here.
Sorry, You Are Not A Know-It-All
Last Sunday, we unpacked :
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
We drew from the passage the following three gospel reminders:
- The gospel reminds us whose we are–that we belong to the Father God.
- The gospel reminds us, therefore, who we are–that we have the indwelling Christ and his character is being formed in us by the Spirit.
- The gospel reminds us whom we are with–“with all the saints,” namely, Christ’s church, his new community.
I want to unpack the third reminder further.
The gospel causes grace to overflow into forming a new community. This new community of Christ is his Church–local and universal. Christ’s universal Church is “the community of all believers for all time.” And Christ’s local church is every present gathering of believers all around the globe. When Paul says, “with all the saints,” he is referring to both Christ’s local and universal church. This is epic when you pause to wrap your head around the number and visualization of people Paul refers to.
Notice the aim of the all the saints: “that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge…”
The aim of all the saints is “to comprehend” and “to know the love of Christ”!
But notice Paul’s description of Christ’s love:
…the breadth and length and height and depth…
to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge
Do you get the sense from Paul’s description that Christ’s love is uncontainable? Indescribable? Unboxable? A long study?
I think that’s why Paul prays that we would grow in our knowledge of Christ’s love “with all the saints.” Put differently, a reason why it’s so important to be a part of the body of Christ is because one person cannot know all there is to know about Scripture. Sorry, you do not know it all.
The Holy Spirit Speaks to Us through One Another
A blessed experience I’ve had in my faith journey is to go deeper in my knowledge of Christ and his grace through the insights of my Christian brethren. Our Trinity God, his lavish grace, Scripture and the gospel are like an infinitely faceted diamond. You cannot possibly identify and master every angle.
It’s a joy that one person cannot know it all because this leaves opportunity for the body of Christ to shine. The Spirit speaks to us through each other’s insights and applications of Scripture (1 Corinthians 14_26-33).
Bottom line: we need one another to grow deeper in our knowledge of Christ and his immeasurable love. This is what is meant by Paul’s great “with all the saints”!
So I leave you with the same application as I left with you on Sunday: SIGN UP for a midweek New Community gathering. Belong in Christ’s New Community. Do faith life together with the saints. Grow deeper in your comprehension of Christ’s love that surpasses all knowledge in community. You can sign up by clicking here.