For the end of chapter three, Paul closed by praising God. He exalted God by proclaiming the truth that God “is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think.” Think about this statement. God is able to go above and beyond what we could ever think of or ask for. He is bigger than our biggest dreams. His purposes for us are richer than we could ever imagine. The NIV translation of this verse says God “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.” Immeasurably and abundantly more than we could ever dream of. He is so good to us. His love for us runs so deep. His plans for us are so magnificent. And all this is possible because of God’s power at work within us.
God Can Do Anything
The translation of this verse from The Message version of the Bible is, “God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.”
God can do anything. Even the impossible because of His great power, because He is above all things, because He is sovereign. Do we believe this? Maybe we feel that God hasn’t done the impossible for us. Even our wildest dreams, our greatest desires— God’s plan for us is immeasurably more. Not only this, but His spirit is with us—working to accomplish abundant life in Him. God brings us into His story, gives us life, restores us, gives us hope and a purpose.
Jews and Gentiles
In verse 21, Paul gave all the glory to God, because through Jesus and within the church, believing Jews and Gentiles could coexist. They could love one another because Christ loved them first. And God is to be praised for doing the impossible forever—throughout all generations and for all eternity.
In what ways has God done abundantly more in your life? How have you seen God do the impossible?
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