All Loves Excelling by John Bunyan
This lovely little book concentrates on just two verses, Ephesians 3:18-19 (although I’ll add 17 for context):
“so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the *breadth* and *length* and *height* and *depth*, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. ”
I was most impacted by understanding the intention of those four key words: the breadth of Christ’s love means a covering or remedy, “when we see our sin spread like leprosy”, the breadth is the spreading of his grace that spreads further… “Blessed is he whose sin is covered” (Psalm 32:1)
This brings me to a reason I really enjoyed this book- Bunyan has all these great verse references from Psalms, Job and Ezekiel especially, relating to Ephesians!
And the Length- “What a reach there is in the mercy of God, how *far* it can extend itself.” John says, ” i pray thee hear me, O the length of the saving arm of God! As yet thou art within the reach thereof; do not thou go about to measure arms with God…”
This is another reason I loved this book- the old English, poetic form of writing! Simply lovely!
“Here is in this word Length matter of encouragement for us thus to pray; for if the length of mercy is *so great* and if also this length is for the benefit of those that may be gone far from God, then improve this advantage at the throne of grace for such, that they may come to God again.”
I give this book 5 stars and highly recommend it!