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“To know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:19 NKJV)
I’ve been meditating on this scripture all week. I want to know the love of Christ which allows me to be filled with all the fullness of God. I want the fullness! I want all of God. I want the richest measure of His Presence. However, if it was possible to be filled with the fullness of God by simply knowing of the love of Christ, the world would be a very different place. Ephesians 3:19 teaches us that we need to know His love in a way that surpasses a simple knowledge of His love.
So we see two types of knowledge: knowing of and truly knowing. The Amplified Bible brings the message out more clearly:
“[That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!” (Ephesians 3:19 AMP)
The Amplified Bible brings out the fact that there is knowledge without experience and then there is knowledge though (or with) experience. I call these “mere knowledge” and “experiential knowledge.”
Knowledge of God without experiencing God is “mere knowledge.” Mere means barely enough or scarcely sufficient. It’s the lowest level available, the least amount that is possible to have. If you had barely less than mere knowledge, you wouldn’t have any at all. Knowledge without experience is the absolute bare minimum.
It’s good to have knowledge of the love of Christ, but it’s far better to know the love of Christ through experience for yourself. As the Amplified Bible explains, experience is necessary to really coming to know in a practical way. The implications of that thought is that knowledge without experience is impractical; it’s good, but not good enough.
Having an experiential knowledge of God is truly knowing God in a practical way. It’s the only knowledge of God that is practical! God wants us to know him in fact, operation, experience, encounter, and interaction. God wants to be known by us so completely that we are wholly filled with all His fullness.