While praying for his beloved saints in Ephesus, Paul requests:
…that you, …may…comprehend… the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 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,
Ephesians 3:17-20 (ESV)
What does it mean to “surpass knowledge” and what is the “power at work within us?” And how does one become “filled with all the fullness of God?”
Perhaps just as Paul indicates that prophesy edifies the mind, while tongues edify the spirit, the work of the Holy Spirit within us is designed to surpass what knowlege-the realm of the mind–can afford us.
It seems evident that power and the Holy Spirit are connected in Scripture. The verse everyone thinks of is:
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (ESV)
But one of my favorites is:
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13 (ESV)
Now that is transformation! I don’t know about you, but a person that abounds in hope sounds to me like someone filled with at least some of the fullness of God!