The Dimensions of God's Love

Science tells us that space begins where Earth’s atmosphere ends. How far is that? Some scientists say that begins at 400,000 feet (75.76 miles). It is the point where a rocket begins to experience atmospheric friction when they return to Earth. So how far are the heavens above Earth? That is often debated. Some say the atmosphere is finite; others say it is infinite. Some people say heaven is not a real place, but only a feeling within us. Jesus said it was a place, and He said He is coming back to take His followers there.

A verse that speaks to me when I get upset about the chaos in this world is Psalm 103:11: God’s “unfailing love toward those who fear Him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth” (NLT). Now that’s far! Paul said (Ephesians 3:18) he wanted to be able to comprehend the breadth, length, depth, and height of God’s love. In the words of John Phillips in Exploring Ephesians & Philippians (Kregel Publications, page 95), “If we use length, we create a line. If we add breadth, we create a surface. If we add depth, we create a solid. But how can we add height?” This fourth dimension defies understanding. In some ways, depth is the same as height, Phillips says, “unless it symbolizes a spiritual dimension.”

“John only used three dimensions to describe the celestial city (Revelation 21:16),” Phillips said, “But Paul introduced a spiritual dimension to help us comprehend the love of God.” His love for His children has always existed, from time everlasting past, and it will continue unconditionally into eternity future. I choose to focus on God’s loving care, and that brings me peace (Isaiah 26:3-4).

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