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From: Rob Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Rob Smith <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 7:21 AM
Ephesians 3:19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
The apostle Paul is expressing his heart-felt longings for the church at Ephesus. He caps it off with a play on words. Knowledge can mean a mental awareness of facts. Knowledge can also mean actually experiencing something. We put a lot of stock in 'head knowledge' and invest years in school and work to build our storehouse of information. But in that sense knowledge is a 'means to an end'. The availability of information permits us to solve problems, answer questions and accomplish tasks.
The knowledge that is experience represents not the means to the end...but the end itself. And, as Paul states, the experience of knowing Christ personally far surpasses 'knowing facts about Christ'.
By faith we have experienced the Lord and so we 'know' that we are known...now and forever!