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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…

Perfect Freedom – Ephesians 3:9-13

What is your view of history?Do you see it as merely a jumble of names, dates, and events?Is history for you a boring tale of irrelevant people and places?To quote Henry Ford, is history “bunk”?Well, for me history is anything but boring.I was a history major before I was a math major.To this day, I still love history.In fact, history well-written is far more interesting than any novel, in my opinion.
And I am absolutely certain that a knowledge of history is very important for any educated person.In fact, one of the things that really worries me about our current society here in America is the reality that so many people have almost no knowledge of history.As is often quoted, “Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.”Unfortunately, we forget history over and over again.And when we do, there are always dire consequences.Think of that fateful verse at the beginning of the book of Exodus: “Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph” (Exod. 1:8).The result wa…