The Gospel Doesn’t Fit in a Box

Most of us have tried to pack a present in a box that wouldn’t fit. The gospel is that way. We just can’t contain it. We never really grasp it. As Paul says, because of the vastness of its dimensions, God’s love for his people “surpasses knowledge.”

“16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” ~ Eph. 3:16-19

Getting grace is like knowing God. The finite seeking to understand the infinite. Yes, God is knowable, but not exhaustively knowable. The same is true with the gospel. 

I heard someone say recently that we may be aware of about 4% of our sin, which means we probably get (and this is in my opinion a great overstatement) 4% of God’s grace. This means we have plenty of gospel learning to do—which means we have plenty of gospel preaching and hearing to do. 

So, if you are a preacher, lift up the cross of Jesus tomorrow and give them pure, undilluted, unmixed grace. Give them Jesus.

And if you will be attending a gathering of believers, listen well. Listen for the cross and believe. Listen for grace and believe. Listen for the Savior and believe, so that “you may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.”