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The four dimensions of the love of Christ

We come to the knowledge of the four dimensions of the love of Christ – the width, the length, the depth, and the height – through agape fellowship at the tree of life. In his letter to the Ephesian church, the apostle Paul urged each person to apprehend with vigour all four dimensions of Christ’s love; for it is all four aspects that describe the fullness of each person’s sonship. He wrote, ‘That you, being rooted and grounded in love [agape], may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height – to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God’. Eph 3:17 19.

Christ traversed and accomplished the full extent of all four of these dimensions for each person, in His one offering. The Scriptures describe this as Jesus ‘filling all in all’. Eph 1:23. Eph 4:10. Each dimension of the love of Christ then becomes substantial in our life through our personal participation in the offering and sufferings of Christ. Heb 10:14. It is by this means that we grow up into the full stature of Christ’s sonship. Eph 4:13. We will consider the nature of our participation by which we can lay hold of these four dimensions of the love of Christ.