The plant that is rooted in the ground represents a believer getting all his support and all his sustenance from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our lord. Here both words, for the sake of amplification, with a metaphor in γενεὰ, generation, are joined together, so that a very long time may be implied. again Psalms 117. Would Olshausen apply his criterion to the prayer contained in the 1st chapter, and affirm that the fact of such gifts being asked for implied the total want of them on the part of the Ephesian church? Is there not something in you that discovers to you your darkness, and not only discovers, but reproves it, and makes it manifest as a thing to be condemned? Thoroughly established in love, having it not as an uncertain feeling changing with every change of experience, but as the constant principle of their life” (Gr. We're all perfected in Christ on the ground of His grace, and He wants to meet my daily need according to His riches in glory. That is if you have allowed the first part of the verse - allowing Christ to dwell in your heart by faith. Christ is said to dwell in ἐν ταῖς καρδίἀς, the hearts of his people. Here, in the centre of the circular mass, the main stem was pointing perpendicularly downward when the tree was young, perhaps a century ago; but ere it had gone far in that direction, it had struck against a stone. And that is the Advent of Christ in the individual soul. Ephesians 3:17-19 King James Version (KJV) 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. ), = “to the effect that Christ may dwell in your hearts”. I. He rebukes the heart (Revelation 2:4-5; Revelation 3:19). Brethren, I would say, do you not feel from your inmost souls day by day that religion is an absolute nonentity, that it is pure vanity, excepting as it lays hold of a man’s heart and affections? Ephesians 3:18. ἐν ἀγάπῃ, in love) of Christ: Ephesians 3:19, note.— ἐῤῥιζωμένοι καὶ τεθεμελιωμένοι, rooted and founded [grounded]) The root is, of a tree—the foundation, of a house. The “root” needs continual supply--the “foundation” rests in its completeness, and is alway. For, remember, that deepest of all, the words of my text may mean that the incarnate personal love becomes the very soil in which my life is set and blossoms, on which my life is founded. Then why don't you let Him run it? (3) The elements and characteristics of the new life, 4:25-32. —In order that. So here the two words probably express the one simple idea of being securely settled and deeply founded. They take up, they drink in, the nature of the love they live in;--they are always assimilating themselves to it, and they send up its sweet savour by little, silent threads, which are always running to the fountain of life. Having determined the first point--that the soil in which faith’s roots can freely grow is found in God, not in man--we must now weigh well what attribute or manifestation of God it is that permits and invites the confidence of the fallen. But, long ere it reached the margin of the great rock, it found a rent, narrow, indeed, but thorough. Простой и подлинный смысл таков: мы должны так прочно укорениться в любви, и так глубоко проникнуться ее ощущением, чтобы ничто не было в силах нас от нее увести. Ephesians 3:4. πρὸς ὁ, whereby) This expression is not exclusively to be referred to in a few words, but to the whole thought; and πρὸς marks the analogy, according to [“from which ye may understand”]: as in the common saying, the size of the lion may be inferred from the size of his claw. It is the result of His love. 8. Now, then, I want to know particularly some of the results that will follow from it in our own experience. That ye may be rooted and grounded in love. Then let me have God, and if I love Him I do have Him, and I stand with perfect confidence--in no strength of my own, with no sufficiency to think a good thought, but God undertakes for me. It is better that the intellectual perception should be full and clear; nevertheless, a man can embrace Christ by the heart without the help of the understanding, far better than he can embrace Christ by the understanding without the aid of the heart. v., p. 31. Revelation is somewhat more special; making known is done in the hearing of others also: revelation is only made to the prophets.— τοῖς υἱοῖς τῶν ἀνθρώπων, to the sons of men) A very wide appellation, expressing the cause of ignorance, natural descent, to which the Spirit is opposed; comp. And so I attach them to the first part of this verse, and take them to express at once the consequence of Christ’s dwelling in the heart by faith, and the preparation or occasion for our being able to comprehend and know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge. Because it is feeding at the reservoirs and secret streams deep down in the earth; and so, while this oak is first strengthened to resist the hurricane, and then receiving nourishment from the deep hidden springs and streams, it can stand firmer and firmer. (2) The blessings of the church, make a list, 1:3-14. Thus he is said to dwell in heaven, Psalms 123:1; to dwell among the children of Israel, Numbers 35:34; in Zion, Psalms 9:11; with him that is of an humble and contrite spirit, Isaiah 57:11; and in his people, 2 Corinthians 6:16. The , etc., may be taken as dependent on the and as forming a second boon contemplated in the gift prayed for, as if = “and that He may grant you also that Christ may dwell in your hearts” (Mey., Abb., etc.). Christ dwelling in Christian hearts is one and the same thing as the Spirit's dwelling in them. (1) The Christian's standing before God, Chs. So now, in the second place, notice the open door through which the Christ comes in to dwell--“that He may dwell in your hearts by faith.” More accurately we may render “through faith,” and might even venture to suppose that the thought of faith as an open door through which Christ passes into the heart floated half distinctly before the apostle’s mind. The outward condition does not make a man like Christ; but the inward spirit. Love seeks for further knowledge, and that knowledge frequently produces love. The inner man is to the Spirit of God what the hearts of the saints are to Christ, Ephesians 3:17. 2. They are called the sons of God by God Himself, and delight in this name, Isaiah 44:5, comp. S. Robinson, D. D.), Liturgies, although a great lawmaker, would allow none of his laws to be written. According to the Bible religion is not a form of feeling to the exclusion of the intellect, nor a form of knowledge to the exclusion of the feelings. Of what avail would richness of soil be to rows of dead branches? Be persuaded that Christ Jesus, the Son of God, the express image of the Father’s glory, died for sinners, died for you. There is little doubt that in the verb κατοικῆσαι, emphatic in its position, the reference is to the last clause of the 2nd chapter- κατοικητήριον τοῦ θεοῦ—“a dwelling of God.” The apostle applies in this prayer the architectural allusion directly to the believing Ephesians themselves, and therefore the figure is not preserved in its rhetorical integrity. By the heart. There are three ways by which Christ can be presented to us:--. It is not even that grace which is sovereign and Divine in its origin, but residing and acting in a renewed human heart: it is the attribute, and even the nature, of Deity, for “God is love.” The soil which bears and nourishes the new life of man is the love of God in the gift of His Son. Or do you put the Lord into your life on Sunday morning and bar Him out of your life the rest of the week? Well, my friend, if you can't bring Christ into your business, you'd better leave or get rid of your business. It is the eye that does that. He prays that they might be filled with all the fulness of God; that is, with such measures of grace, knowledge, faith, holiness, and love, which God hath appointed believers unto, and they are capable of, in this life. The highest ends, they will all agree, are to be true to ourself, to do our duty to our fellow-men, to follow the highest ideals it is possible for us to conceive. “And that Christ, who bought you for God by his death and made these promises of God available to you, will make his home in your hearts! Being rooted and grounded "in love" means that we place the spiritual interests of others ahead of what we may want (John 13:35). Remember this. The heart in which Christ dwells must be a purified heart. He didn't save you just to get you to heaven; He's got a real purpose for your life and my life. We're all in school down here. Hence it follows, that this is true and solid excellence; so that, whenever he treats of the perfection of the saints, he views it as consisting of these two parts. This clause also depends on that you may be able. Why, of course, He can run my life better than I can.". When a forest tree, that has outlived several generations of its owners, is at last thrown down by a tempest, and its roots all exposed to the inspection of the passer-by, many secret passages of its early history are at length revealed. And the spirit is really the man. Так же глупа и порочна выдумка тех, кто думает, что Христа можно принять без Духа. Suffice it to say, He has a particular place for you in the glory. May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love, They who refuse it tempt us to distrust Him and to deny Him. God bade Moses receive from the people oil for the light, and to set up a candlestick with seven lamps, ever burning with this oil, to illuminate the holy place. The love of God includes delight in His communion. The two common figurative senses of the word heart in Scripture, are, the feelings as distinguished from the understanding, and the whole soul, including the intellect and affections. “Live” is the first thing in the Spirit’s ministry but “believe” is the first thing in the duty of man. On κατοικεῖν in the spiritual sense, comp. Where the Spirit is there Christ is (John 14:16, John 14:18). So learn for yourselves an original, active, earnest faith that comes out of every man’s soul, Which he struggles and wrestles for as Jacob wrestled in the night with the angel. That love will be the motive of all service, it will underlie as the productive cause, all fruitfulness. It is without any connecting particle [Asyndeton]. That is the presentation of Christ doctrinally or theologically. To limit it to love of the brethren is unwarranted by anything in the context ‘Love is the fundamental grace’ (Eadie). Ephesians 3:17 May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! The justice of God does not afford a soil on which the hope of sinners can thrive. on StudyLight.org He explains what is meant by “the strength of the inner man.” As, “it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell,” (Colossians 1:19,). Now, you can go on and multiply that and amplify it, but what he's after is this: Does Jesus Christ have the run of the house? God’s love to us; and then he prays that the Ephesians, who had already tasted God’s love to them in Christ, might be more fully strengthened in the persuasion of that love. Who can tell what shall be God’s minister--the little bird in the air, the snow in the field, the lilies that are dressed better than Solomon! There is no substitute for this personal experience, and there can be no system of Christianity which does not provide for this personal experience, towards the Lord Jesus Christ. Павел же хочет, чтобы она полностью утвердилась в наших душах, была бы прочно водруженной постройкой и глубоким насаждением. So, asking absolutely, Colossians 1:9 [“We do not cease desiring ( αἰτούμενοι) for you:” viz. A gradation.— κατὰ, according to) Paul appeals to their and his experience. И Христа нельзя отделять от Духа, делая Его как бы мертвым и лишенным силы. Where thus there is a κραταιωθῆναι διὰ τοῦ πνεύματος, there is also to be found a κατοικῆσαι of Christ; because the former is not possible without a continuous activity of Christ in the hearts. p. 220. It is so much of us as is godlike that gives us the evidence of God. Thus Paul prays to the Father that Christ by His Spirit will be allowed to settle down in their hearts, and from His throne there both control and strengthen them” (pp. Colossians 1:27; John 14:23; Romans 8:9; Romans 8:11; Galatians 2:20; James 4:5. We are partakers of the Holy Spirit, in proportion to the intercourse which we maintain with Christ; for the Spirit will be found nowhere but in Christ, on whom he is said, on that account, to have rested; for he himself says, by the prophet Isaiah, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me.” (Isaiah 61:1; Luke 4:18.) Into this minute opening it thrust a needle-like point. See on Colossians 1:11. “In love:” Love is not itself the root or foundation (for this is Jesus Christ Himself), but the condition under which growth takes place. I would just notice, that the heart in which Christ dwells must be an undivided heart. Suppose you and I do that today, won't you? III. The Chiasmus must be noticed: in the first sentence we have, that He would grant to you; in the second, to dwell; in the third, in love—that you may be able: in the fourth, that you might be filled. He brings His own love, and that consciously received produces a corresponding and answering love in our hearts to Him. ", "Then why does he pray that Christ may dwell in their hearts by faith? Not what I want, but what does He want? The soil in which the living tree is planted: it is love. Then to realize that these things are very real possibilities for the believer. When Christ comes into a heart to dwell, casting out evil tenants, he does not come alone; He brings with Him all those things that accompany salvation. Ex. The omnipresent and infinite God is said to dwell wherever he specially and permanently manifests his presence. But be sure of one thing, the purpose of God is going to be fulfilled. Is it not easy to realise how, with increasing knowledge, when we see it in all its bearings, its breadth and depth, and length and height, that the early enthusiasm turns to a strong abiding passion, and that that which we almost hated before we had knowledge, we have loved in proportion as our knowledge increased? We also discern His Advent in history--in the world of social facts and movements. He reveals His love to it (Ephesians 3:17-19). Ephesians 2:8), the opening of the door to Him that He may enter in. So in John 14:16-20, in immediate connection with the promise of the Comforter, we read: “I will not leave you orphaned; I will come to you.” “Ye shall know that . Take a case from ordinary life. II. Ex. A tree and a tower are the material objects which are used here as alphabetic letters to express a spiritual thought. And whilst that is true, remember, on the other hand, that a Christian man can drive away his Master by evil works. It is not the despising of the reason; it is an auxiliary use of the reason. The firm heart is figurative to denote the highest and purest part of man. Поскольку Отец разместил во Христе полноту всяческих дарований, тот, кто имеет пребывающего в себе Христа, ни в чем не потерпит недостатка. 1. Every believer is indwelled by the Spirit of God—another marvelous thing. Многие считают, что одно и то же: верить во Христа и быть Его причастником. And if the world is to be made better, it is to be made better through individual souls. [Such is the rich abundance of the apostolic spirit.—V. As the is also without any or other defining gen., it appears to have its most general sense here, not “the love of God” or “the love of Christ” in particular, but love, the Christian principle or grace which is “the bond of perfectness” (Colossians 3:14). Aaron’s rod that budded was not only a fair type of our Lord, but a cheering prophecy of ourselves. Does God take note of the actual size and description of your goodness? How shall some poor occupant of some poor but by the wayside, fit it up for the abode of a prince? ἐῤῥιζ. There is no mysticism in that--nothing unreal, nor anything we cannot grasp. There are many persons not wholly destitute of love; but it is easily removed or shaken, because its roots are not deep. I would not underrate the value of an intellectual conception of Christ; but I would hold it as an auxiliary, and as a guide. . A wonderful thing, this! That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith, κατοικῆσαι τὸν χριστὸν διὰ τῆς πίστεως ἐν ταῖς καρδίἀς ὑμῶν. If we suppose a colon placed after ἄνθρωπον and after χριστοῦ, the matter will be clear. It is the heart that is to interpret the things that are marked out by our creed or philosophy. And therefore I need not say to you, that the very essence of the gospel economy is the manifestation of that love. Christ has said, “Blessed are the pure in heart.” If any heart remains impure and shows itself so by what proceeds from it, it is quite evident that Christ has no hold there. Many may be the persons and opinions in our minds that are not objects of attachment, but, on the contrary, of indifference, or even of aversion. It is the heart by which a man must believe unto salvation. 17 May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! To this I would suggest that someone is not choosing to allow the Spirit to reign over their life so that this love can show through. p. 206; Beck, Seelenlehre, p. 69. A. To be sure we contemplate Christianity as the grandest scheme of social regeneration, and the only true scheme that the world has ever known. Ephesians 3:17. κατοικῆσαι κ. τ. Он делает это, дабы мы знали: не достаточно, чтобы Христос вертелся на языке или парил в нашем разуме. Christ dwells in us by faith, because it is by faith we perceive his presence, his excellence, and his glory, and because it is by faith we appropriate and reciprocate the manifestations of his love. This indwelling takes place through the in working of the Holy Spirit. See on Ephesians 2:22. Where the Spirit of God is, there also is Christ. According to Rückert, something different from what forms the object of the first petition is here prayed for, and there is a climax. This I understand to be the distinctive peculiarity of Christianity, not only, but that without which there cannot be any Christianity. The result of this request is that Christ may be "at home" in the personality of the believer. The participles refer to a permanent state, the result of something in the past; and this fact furnishes a strong argument against joining them with what precedes. (James Culross, D. D.). desiring God].— μὴ ἐκκακεῖν, not to faint) that I may not prove wanting [that there be no defect on my part], but that I may speak boldly and allure many. As I said a moment ago, in John 14:20, he speaks of this. 2. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/ephesians-3.html. 17. 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