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Rooted and Grounded in Love – Ephesians 3:17

How can you understand the love of God if you yourself are an unloving person?It would seem that only a loving heart could receive the offers of God’s love.It is reasonable to suppose that a heart that channels all the affections back toward the self would have a difficult time comprehending how the heart of someone else would want to channel affection outwards.The ruts created in the heart through constant self-centeredness are sometimes too deep to jump out of and into paths of selflessness.
It is for this reason that the apostle now prays that his readers would be “rooted and grounded in love.”  This prayer precedes Paul’s desire that they would be able to comprehend the dimensions of the love of Christ (18-19).  This indicates that the request in verse 17 is not that they would be rooted and grounded in God’s love to them (which is expressed in the following verse) but that they would be rooted in grounded in their love to God and their fellow man.  But they must be rooted and grou…

Is Christ at home in my heart? – Ephesians 3:17

What does it mean for Christ to dwell in our hearts by faith?This epistle is to a church, and so the apostle is praying for believers.  Thus, in a real sense, these believers already have Christ dwelling in them.Remember what the apostle has already written to the Romans: “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.Now if any man have no the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness” (Rom. 8:9-10).According to Paul, there are only two states a person can be in: you are either “in the flesh” or “in the Spirit.”And to be “in the Spirit” is to have the Spirit dwelling in you and to have the Spirit dwelling in you is for Christ to be in you, since the Spirit is the Spirit of Christ.So if you are a saved person, you already have Christ dwelling in you through the Spirit (note the connection in Eph. 3:16-17 between the Spirit strengthening us …

Strengthened with Might – Ephesians 3:14-16

The Christian is the possessor of incredible privileges, for we are through the merit of Christ entitled to the riches of the glory of God.  In chapters 1-3, the apostle has reviewed many of these riches with us.  It is important that we know what we have in Christ.  It is important not only for the comfort and peace that such knowledge brings, but also because such knowledge is essential for living out our Christian identity.  Our life of obedience to Christ ought to be rooted in the gospel and related truths.  All sorts of problems that Christians struggle with can often be traced to the fact that they are not really embracing who they are in Christ.  Those who are constantly struggling to gain God’s favor instead of embracing the grace of God in Christ have simply failed to understand the Biblical theology of grace.  Or, those who deny that obedience has any place in the Christian life also have misunderstood the theological implications of the gospel.  In other words, theology is …

A Thankful Heart (Ephesians 1-3)

We sometimes don’t really appreciate our blessings until they are taken from us, if even for a moment.It takes bad health to make us appreciate good health.You get the air knocked out of you and you suddenly realize how precious oxygen is.You might complain about your job until you lose it.
It works the other way as well.When our curses are removed, we sometimes fail to remember just how bad they were when they plagued us, and therefore forget how great the blessing our deliverance is.The Israelites were not long in their exodus from Egypt when they began to pine for their slavery again.They remembered the leaks and the cucumbers but forgot the humiliation, the servitude, the pain, and the disgrace.They were not thankful for the blessing because they forgot the curse.
We all suffer from the same malady.Because of this, we are constantly in danger of failing to recognize the incredible blessings we enjoy from our salvation in Christ.The best thing about our salvation is the very thing th…