Bob Anderson (12 Oct 2014)
"ew: Gino  RE: Mike Curtis: 09.28.14: Coptic document"



http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/oct2014/gino105-6.htm

Ephesians 3:18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

I am indebted to Les Feldick for this observation.

Did you notice that Paul specifies FOUR dimensions in this passage. Now, given that if we were talking about a ship (or ark), this would not be terribly unusual. Depth would be draft and height would  be freeboard plus the vertical dimension of whatever appurtenances rose above deck level.

OK, that's fine. But Paul does not appear to be examining the issue with a seaman's eye. Rather, he's looking with somewhat of a farmer's eye (emphasis mine):

14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

I know there are many Doves who can exposit this far better than I can, and I will leave the task to them. Paul is using the metaphor of a plant, which has a DEPTH dimension (ROOT) and a height dimension (FRUIT, FOLIAGE). Breadth and length, while not necessarily apparent in all plants, are, nevertheless, two of the three common dimensions (width, length, height). 

What does this mean? I hope someone out there can explain it to me. At the moment I have a sort of intuitive understanding that I can't verbalize.