Thinking about “the deep”

O LORD, how great are Your works! Your thoughts are very deep (Psalm 92:5)

When I was in the 5th grade, the Bathyscaphe Trieste explored the Mariana Trench to a record-breaking depth of about 10,900 m (about 35,760 ft) (that’s 6.7 miles).

The prayer of the Apostle Paul was that the people of God might “comprehend … what is the width and length and depth and height [of] the love of Christ.”

This ministered to me today (John MacArthur, Commentary on Ephesians):

I do not think that breadth and length and height and depth represent specific types or categories of love but suggest its vastness and completeness. In whatever spiritual direction we look we can see God’s love. We can see love’s breadth reflected in God’s acceptance of Gentile and Jew equally in Christ (Ephesians 2:11-18). We can see love’s length in God’s choosing us before the foundation of the world(1:4-5) for a salvation that will last through all eternity. We can see love’s height in God’s having “blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, in Christ” (1:3) and in His raising us up and seating us “with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus (2:6). We can see love’s depth in God’s reaching down to the lowest levels of depravity to redeem those who are dead in trespasses and sins (2:1-3). God’s love can reach any person in any sin, and it stretches from eternity past to eternity future. It takes us into the very presence of God and sits us on His throne

More on “depths of the sea”:

He will again have compassion on us, And will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins Into the depths of the sea (Micah 7:19)

Thinking about “breadth” and “height”:

For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:11,12)

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