so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:18-19 ESV
Let’s talk about math for a moment. If I had a box and wanted to figure out how much room it had inside, I’d measure its volume, for knowing the volume of an object helps me know how much space I can fill. The simple formula for finding the volume of a cube (aka a box) is length times width times height, or l x w x h.
Since length is one dimension, width is another, and height is another, a box is considered a 3-dimensional object. I’m sure this makes sense, since we live in a 3-dimensional world.
But have you ever seen a depiction of a 4-dimensional cube? I say depiction because we cannot actually SEE a 4-dimensional object because we live in a 3-dimensional world. One way to think about a 4-dimensional cube (or a Tesseract as it is called in Geometry) is that a tesseract is to a cube as a cube is to a square.
Look at the image below (copied from here) The figure for number 4 is the tesseract. As you can see, it takes a cube to the next level.
So how does this relate to the Bible? Re-read with me verses 18-19 from the top of the post (emphasis mine): may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
How many measurements does Paul give when praying for our understanding of God’s love? FOUR! God’s love has breadth (width), length, height, and depth. This means God’s love isn’t merely 3-dimensional; God’s love is at the least four. Yes, God’s love takes love to the next level. This also means God’s love is not something we can easily visualize and understand while living in a 3-dimensional world. We will never fully grasp the true volume of God’s love for us. The width, length, height, and depth of God’s love for each of us is immeasurable and infinitely greater than we could ever imagine.
So I encourage you today, don’t put God in a box (pun intended). Don’t put God’s love in a box either. His love for you goes beyond your 3-dimensional understanding. His love goes beyond what your finite mind could ever comprehend. God’s love goes beyond what what you can see with your eyes and feel with your hands. God’s love for you is as deep as it is high and as long as it is wide. And God’s love for you will never run dry.
Therefore rest in this today: God loves you. He loves you more than you will ever know–more than you could ever comprehend. God loves you. He loves beyond measure and has plans for you beyond compare.
God loves you.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Ephesians 3:20-21 ESV