The apostle Paul crafted various words in the first century and utilized them in order to communicate the gospel which was disclosed to him exclusively. He presents Christ in the superlatives. There is not another terminology which could magnify Christ higher than the ones He employed. One of such Pauline terminologies is the superlative term “huperballo”.
“Huper” is a preposition which means that which reaches out over, above and beyond for the sake of extending benefit in the interest of. The term “ballo” means to throw out of sight. It indicates that which is passed comparison, beyond the measure. Put together, “huperballo” speaks of that which reaches out over, above and beyond, thrown out of measure, passed comparison, immeasurably great to infinity and beyond. This indicates something which is unprecedented, unparalleled; has surpassed every experience known to man. Apostle Paul uses this superlative term five times strategically in his epistles to indicate a matter of importance surpassing all others.
- Huperballo as the superlative of Power
And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power — Ephesians 1:19 –KJV
Pauline usage of the hyperbolic term huperballo as the superlative of power indicates the identical power at work in a believer as that which resurrected Jesus Christ. It is the enormous overmastering supremacy which Christ showed forth in His resurrection. The son of God in Christ Jesus does not have a power deficiency, he has a knowledge problem –he ignores just how powerful he truly is. Resident within your being is energized this same identical power that resurrected Jesus from the dead.
- Huperballo as the superlative of glory
For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth – 2 Corinthians 3:10 –KJV
Huperballo as the superlative of glory is used to indicate that the Lord Jesus Christ in inaugurating the New, the glory of this dispensation surpasses the old and the glory of the old is no longer glory in comparison to the glory that has come. If the administration that confirms man’s guilt because of Adam was glorious, the administration that communicates our righteousness in Christ is beyond comparison; it has the glory that outweighs any attempt to compete.
- Huperballo as the superlative of generosity
And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.
– 2 Corinthians 9:14 –KJV
The apostle Paul used the term huperballo to speak of believers who are made richer and richer, whose liberality demonstrates their submission to the gospel and by this submission, it causes thanksgiving and the longing of others to have this generosity which is the grace of God at work in you. Father God will give you concepts, wisdom, ideas, inventions, opportunities that will work every single time so that you will become more and more generous that through us thanksgiving will be given to God.
- Huperballo as the superlative of God’s riches
That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. –Ephesians 2:7 –KJV
Huperballo speaks of the surpassing riches of the grace of God and His kindness towards us in Christ Jesus by which He has joined us to Himself that this age is insufficient to experience all that He has bestowed on us in Christ
- Huperballo as the superlative of God’s love
And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. –Ephesians 3:19 –KJV
Finally, the fifth usage of huperballo in the Pauline epistles speaks of knowing the love of Christ that surpasses all; to personally experience the love of Christ that surpasses our intellectual grasp. It is as we experience the love of Christ that we experience the fullness of Christ who is already within us. Beyond you studying to know Christ, you must experience His love. No matter how much you engage yourself in academic procedures for the knowledge of Christ it must be emphasized that the experience of the love of Christ is beyond anything you can study about him because the love of Christ is over, above and beyond all.