The Infinite and Unsearchable Greatness of God – John Bunyan (1628-1688)

That you…may…comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge.

Eph. 3:17-19

“Breadth, length, height, and depth carry in them an inexpressible something, and that something far outshines all things that can be found in this world! Paul was endeavouring to bring his hearers into truth beyond what could be fully uttered. Truths are often delivered to us like wheat in full ears, to the end that we should rub them out before we eat them and take comfort in them. These words show us the infinite and unsearchable greatness of God. He is beyond all lengths, depths, and heights, and that in all his attributes. He is an eternal and everlasting being, and that beyond all measure. His greatness and judgments are unsearchable, and he is infinite in wisdom. O, the depth of the riches of his wisdom and knowledge. If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong; yea ‘ the thunder of his power who can understand?’ There is none holy as the Lord, and his mercy is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him. If the greatness of the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is rightly considered, it will support the spirits of those of his people who are frightened with the greatness of their adversaries. Pharaoh was great, but God is greater: greater in power, wisdom and in every other way for his people. What God is in himself and in his power is all for the use and profit of believers. This God is our God! There is the comfort! He who fills heaven and earth is yours, yea–the heaven of heavens cannot contain him. The God whose works are wonderful and whose ways are past finding out is yours! Consider therefore the greatness that is laid up for you; he will take part with you and always come in for your help against them that contend with you. This is my support, my relief, and my comfort in all my tribulations.”1

1 – John Bunyan (1628-1688), Works, II:2-3, Richard Rushing, Voices From The Past: Puritan Devotional Readings, Volume II (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 2016/2019), 50.

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