13 The not fainting is your glory.
15 Of whom - The Father. The whole family of angels in heaven, saints
in paradise, and believers on earth is named. Being the "children of God,"
(a more honourable title than "children of Abraham,") and depending on
him as the Father of the family.
16 The riches of his glory - The immense fulness of his glorious wisdom,
power, and mercy. The inner man - The soul.
17 Dwell - That is, constantly and sensibly abide.
18 That being rooted and grounded - That is, deeply fixed and firmly
established, in love. Ye may comprehend - So far as an human mind is capable.
What is the breadth of the love of Christ - Embracing all mankind. And
length - From everlasting to everlasting. And depth - Not to be fathomed
by any creature. And height - Not to be reached by any enemy.
19 And to know - But the apostle corrects himself, and immediately observes,
it cannot be fully known. This only we know, that the love of Christ surpasses
all knowledge. That ye may be filled - Which is the sum of all. With all
the fulness of God - With all his light, love, wisdom, holiness, power,
and glory. A perfection far beyond a bare freedom from sin.
20 Now to him - This doxology is admirably adapted to strengthen our
faith, that we may not stagger at the great things the apostle has been
praying for, as if they were too much for God to give, or for us to expect
from him. That is able - Here is a most beautiful gradation. When he has
given us exceeding, yea, abundant blessings, still we may ask for more.
And he is able to do it. But we may think of more than we have asked. He
is able to do this also. Yea, and above all this. Above all we ask - Above
all we can think. Nay, exceedingly, abundantly above all that we can either
ask or think.