May 8th, 2017
That you being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, length, depth, and height: to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge, that you may be filled with all fullness of God.
Rooted and grounded; rooted being:
G4492 ῥιζόω rhizoō hrid-zo'-o From G4491; to root (figuratively become stable): - root.
and grounded being:
G2311 θεμελιόω themelioō them-el-ee-o'-o From G2310; to lay a basis for, that is, (literally) erect, or (figuratively) consolidate: - (lay the) found (-ation), ground, settle.
So to become stable and lay a foundation before erecting, like when constructing a building. This phrase, rooted and grounded, it always reminds me of skyscrapers, but specifically the Empire State Building.
The Empire State Building is 102 stories tall and was the tallest building in the world from 1931 to 1970. It's been named one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
If you don't know anything about skyscrapers, it's common practice to excavate down into the ground before they lay the foundation. This is a principle that engineers know that the bible teaches; this concept of being rooted and grounded.
For an example, using the Empire State Building still, the foundation of the building extends about 4 and a half stories or 55 feet into the ground. Take a look in a residential area and get a good idea of what this depth looks like. Imagine that you could stack one two story house on top of another and this is how deep the Empire State Building extends into the ground. That's pretty far into the ground, and it's normal for these buildings to be rooted and grounded like this so they stand strong and tall to withstand the things that come against them.
Like skyscrapers are rooted and grounded in the actual ground we must be rooted and grounded in love. Next week we'll be talking about love, but for this post were gonna keep on moving. This verse goes on to say that being rooted and grounded in love we will be in a place where we have the ability to fully comprehend the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge.
That's the part I really want to drill into today. The word for knowledge is:
G1108 γνῶσις gnōsis gno'-sis From G1097; knowing (the act), that is, (by implication) knowledge: - knowledge, science.
It means "the act of knowing" with the implication being that its like scientific knowledge. It's knowing something because you have tested, proven, verifiable facts that are irrefutable.
Gravity for instance, we have tested, proven, verifiable facts that this force we call Gravity causes things to either be to the Earth or pushes things toward the Earth and that this force is existent in the universe. We know it exists that cause a ball thrown in the air to come back down.
This verse tells us that the Love of Christ surpasses these tested, proven, verifiable facts that are irrefutable. And this word passeth or surpasses is:
G5235 ὑπερβάλλω huperballō hoop-er-bal'-lo From G5228 and G906; to throw beyond the usual mark, that is, (figuratively) to surpass (only active participle supereminent): - exceeding, excel, pass.
meaning "to throw beyond the usual mark." In episode 14 of The Berean Manifesto podcast we talked about sin and how it means to miss the mark of perfection. The message here being that you may have been a screw up who's failed everything you've put your hands to, someone who seems to always make the wrong decision, and can't seem to get anything right. These may be the tested, proven, verifiable facts that are irrefutable about you. But, the love of Christ goes beyond the usual mark and makes those facts invalid. You may have let those facts hold you back, hold you down, and beat you up. You don't have to, this verse tells you that you don't have to.
This verse tells you that the love of Christ goes beyond the measurement of the mark of your imperfection that you can be filled with all the fullness of God. So that the work that the Lord began can be finished in you.