What Does Ephesians 3:17 Mean?

so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

Ephesians 3:17(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

Once again superlatives and fullness flood this verse, identifying the body of believers, which is the church, as the temple of God. We are called to be His holy habitation and His appointed resting-place, wherein He will dwell, through time and into eternity.

God's chosen dwelling-seat is the inner being of man's heart and not simply the thinking brain; the imaginative mind; the articulate tongue or the various senses. It is the God of gods - the anointed Son of God's love that desires to inhabit this hidden place, deep within the heart of man.

It is the most high God, to Whom we fly for shelter. It is the Almighty Creator, Who gives us rest in the shadow of His protective wings and Who seeks to establish His home in our inner, secret place. Christ is to dwell in our heart as our resident King; our eternal Comforter and our strong Protector. He it is Who quickens into newness of life all who through faith in Jesus Christ have entered unbreakable union with Himself.

We can also enjoy exquisite communion with Him as we submit to His guidance and listen to His voice. To do so we are to submerge ourselves deep into the nourishing truth of His Word just like the roots of a sturdy oak push down, deep into the rich earth to become established. Or as the master-builder who constructs His sturdy structure on solid foundations - we are to build our lives on Christ - our solid Rock.

The ultimate reason and final result of being rooted and established in the indwelling Christ is love - the unbreakable, threefold love of the triune Godhead. Redemptive love, was the first thought of the Father when He covered our fallen, guilty parents in the bloody skins, in the garden of Eden.

Love is the preeminent, greatest, never-failing first-fruit of the Spirit, against which there is no law. Love for the church was the reason the Lord Jesus went to the Calvary. Love was the blood and water that streamed from His wounded side and Love was the new commandment entrusted to the body of believers, who are the church, the temple of the living God. And we have been commanded, Love as I have loved you.

My Prayer

Loving Father, I pray that I may become more deeply rooted in Your Word, established in the love of Christ and so produce the Holy Spirit's fruit of love in my life, for the benefit of the Body, and for all the needy people You place in my path today. May I live and love to Your praise and glory, in Jesus' name, AMEN.

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