Ephesians 3:11-21

“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that … he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being” (v17). Paul wanted the Ephesians to understand Christ’s love for them and for people from different cultural backgrounds - “every family”. They needed the Spirit’s power to grasp the “breadth and length and height and depth” of God’s grace, so that Christ could dwell in their hearts by faith.

As we cultivate the Spirit’s presence in our hearts, turning away from the hatred and enmity of the world, we become full of “the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge” (v18-19).