Saint Athanasius* defined the breadth, length, height and depth of the love of Christ. It’s awesome!
12 A king’s wrath is like the growling of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.
I like this verse because I know that “God consigned us all to disobedience so that He could have mercy on us all” (Romans 11:32). Everyone has His favor now; it’s simply a matter of receiving it.
St. Athanasius (writing in 335 A.D.) said this:
Wishing to indicate this [Jesus is the Word and Wisdom of the true God], Paul also said, “being rooted and grounded in love, that you may have power to comprehend with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:17-19). For the Word unfolded himself everywhere, above and below and in the depths and in the breadth: above, in creation; below, in the incarnation; in the depths, in hell; in breadth, in the world. Everything is filled with the knowledge of God.
The idea of being separated from God is man’s perception as he looks at the darkness of sin and deception (John 3:19-21). Jesus, King of the universe, became visible in human form so that we could have tangible evidence of God’s love. When they looked at Jesus, they saw God (John 14:9). Not only that,
But by means of it [His human body] he made himself visible, remaining in it and doing such works and giving signs which made him known to be no longer a human being but the God Word. For in both ways the Savior exercised his love for human beings through his incarnation, in that he both banished death from us and renewed us, and also in that, although being unseen and invisible, through his works he appeared and made himself known to be the Word of the Father, the ruler and king of the universe.
John explains it like this:
1That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have gazed at, and our hands have handled – concerning the Word of Life! 2 That life was displayed, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and we announce to you the life of God’s coming age, which was with the father and was displayed to us. 1 John 1:1-2
All this in order to restore a right relationship with us. Let’s take advantage of it!
Abba, thank You for banishing death from me and for renewing me. As I enjoy the Fellowship of the Trinity (joining in the fellowship that flows between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit), may I become like You in every way. I’m not there, yet, but I am working on it. Please keep molding me into the image of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.
*Saint Athanasius (born c. 293, Alexandria—died May 2, 373) was a great defender of the faith. He was a Greek church father and the 20th bishop of Alexandria.