This is the apostle Paul praying these things for me - it is his desire for me to be and know all of these things. No knowledge is worth having which is not in some degree based on love.—You cannot teach anything till the learner is either interested or realises its importance to himself; since by so doing he shows a desire to have a mastery of something which he understands to be a prime necessity. Ephesians 3:17. Where Christ abides in a man’s heart, love will be the very soil in which his life will be rooted and grow. And yet both owe themselves to one simple thing, and that one simple thing is “love,” and that love is of Christ:--“Rooted and grounded in love.” (J. Vaughan, M. Habakkuk 3:17 - Though the fig tree should not blossom And there be no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive should fail And the fields produce no food, Though the flock should be cut off from the fold And there be no cattle in the stalls, on StudyLight.org That is a foundation. We certainly don"t see this sort of Christian living in many churches. That ye, being rooted and grounded in love.—The phrase “ye, being,” &c., stands in the original before the word “that,” as a kind of link between the previous clause and this, which seems to describe the consequence of the indwelling of Christ—viz., first love, next comprehension, and finally growth into the fulness of God. 3. Choose a verse from 'Ephesians 1' to begin your 'Verse-by-Verse' study of God's Word using the more than 100 commentaries available on StudyLight.org StudyLıght .org … It is not to be weakened down into any notion of participation in His likeness, sympathy with His character, submission to His influence, following His example, listening to His instruction, or the like. They thus become partakers of his life, so that it is Christ that liveth in them, Galatians 2:20. But not only do we recognize the Advent of Christ in the material world--in the world of nature. He must be in the heart, and must have the chief place there. See App-146and Matthew 7:25. That is the reception of Christ by the form of an actual experience; by such a cooperation of the reason with the imagination that we are able to bring the invisible person near to us, and so bountifully reproduce Him, and so beautifully set Him forth, that He becomes to us the “chiefest among ten thousand,” and the one “altogether lovely”; so that every sweet thing in us goes out to Him as every dewdrop in the sunshine evaporates and goes up towards the sun. In sovereign power, You put into my mind and put into my heart the things that I should do and close out the things that You don't want me to do.". He prays that they may be rooted and grounded in love; that is, that they might be so deeply possessed with the sense of God's love, that they might be the very habit of their souls, and rooted nature in them. the indwelling of Christ, it does not differ from what is expressed in the preceding verse, further than as indicating the source or nature of that spiritual strength of which that verse speaks. He refers to Ephesians 1:9-10, and he repeats the words from that passage here. So may Christ dwell in your hearts, the object of trust, of affection, of allegiance. What can be of more importance than the knowledge of God?—Success, wealth, comfort, ease are not the best ends of life. How shall we prepare the chamber for such a guest? Meier adopts the view of Calvin,-declarat, quale sit interioris hominis robur. He didn't save you just to get you to heaven; He's got a real purpose for your life and my life. He is the source of spiritual life to the whole soul; of spiritual knowledge as well as of spiritual affections. Faith induces and also realizes His presence. 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? This is the second in a series of four desires of Paul for the believers. Every believer is indwelled by the Spirit of God—another marvelous thing. ), Paul Jeanne ascribes amazing fertility to the soil of Mentone, and backs his assertions by a story which reads like a legend. This in opposition to Harless and Olshausen, who find this more precise definition only in the following ἐν ἀγ. But do not forget that the faith which brings Christ into the spirit must be a faith which works by love if it is to keep Christ in the spirit. 2. A dead Plato may so influence his followers, but that is not how a living Christ influences His disciples. No knowledge is worth having which is not in some degree based on love. II. A more precise definition, by virtue of which the clause κατοικῆσαι κ. τ. λ. may in reality be an explanatory clause to that which precedes, is thus before us, namely, in the prefixed emphatic κατοικῆσαι itself. That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith - In this as well as in many other passages, and particularly that in Ephesians 2:21; (note), the apostle compares the body or Church of true believers to a temple, which, like that of Solomon, is built up to be a habitation of God through the Spirit. Ephesians 3:20; Ephesians 3:12. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, The grand foundation or “ground” of everything is “love”--God’s love. And the idea that religion should be grounded on sentiment, and reserved for those who ‘have a genius for it,’ is utterly false. The foundation of all sonship is in Jesus Christ.— πᾶσα) the whole, of angels, of Jews, of other men.— πατριὰ) family, depending on Him as the [its] Father. It is there, observe--in the manifestation of that love--that union is again effected between God and man. (54)— ὑπερεκπερισσοῦ, exceedingly abundant) Construe with to do.— ὧν) The Genitive is governed by the comparative, which is contained in περισσοῦ.— ἢ νοοῦμεν, or think) Thought takes a wider range than prayers. you can’t fool me.” It detected the motion of the air when nothing else could. —In order that. That element in him is the power by which he is brought to a knowledge of God. The κατοικῆσαι of this verse has, as we have said, its origin in the κατοικητήριον of Ephesians 2:22. Brooks.). Knowledge of the future, all the promises and blessings of new covenant. The word is taken from architecture, where a firm foundation is laid, and the meaning is, that he wished them to be as firm in the love of Christ, as a building is that rests on a solid basis. The justice of God does not afford a soil on which the hope of sinners can thrive. Has not a sacred light shone, from time to time, upon the holy page, when it testified of Christ? Now, it only requires sensibility in us to detect physical qualities, if we have the corresponding qualities; or social elements, if we have the corresponding elements; or moral attributes, if we have the corresponding attributes. 10. It is established there, and held to its rocky holding by strong clamps, so that the storm and the torrent cannot shake it. This is receiving Christ by faith; and if we continue so to receive Him, then He dwells in our hearts by faith--that is, by heart-sanctifying love. Choose a book, chapter and verse to begin your 'Verse-by-Verse' study of God's Word using the more than 100 commentaries available on StudyLight.org Посему всякий раз, ведя речь о совершенстве святых, Павел учит, что оно состоит их этих двух частей. The common tests of life will still be mine; but, instead of meeting those tests and trials in one's own strength, we do it in His strength. Remember this. 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. That Christ may dwell in your hearts — May be always present with you, and may reside continually in you, by his purifying and comforting influences, so as to direct your judgment, engross your affections, and govern all your passions and tempers. Because of those secret processes of the “roots” which are in Christ, I love. The infinitive referring to the same person as the finite verb I ask. 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. 2. Can you build a high house or a tower without a good foundation? 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—this they must be if they are fully to apprehend the magnitude of Christ’s love. “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! You cannot strengthen the rafters and lift the roof and adorn the halls and furnish the floor in a manner befitting the coming of the King; but you can turn to that Divine Spirit who will expand and embellish and invigorate your whole spirit, and make it capable of receiving the indwelling Christ. of N. T. Greek, p. 298; Blass, Gr. Let Him run your life today. That ye, being rooted and grounded in love: either he means: 1. If so, can we speak contemptuously or think harshly of one another? Comp. With this strong emphasis on how we ought to appear on the outside, is why many wonder if the average loose living person in the pew is even saved. The man is not in his outward or physical form. The first fruit of the Spirit is love (Galatians 5:23); and here the great result of the "indwelling Christ" is that of the Christian's being "rooted and grounded in love." Listen, my friend, may I suggest to you that, when Paul is praying that Christ may dwell down in your heart by faith, he wants Him to have complete, intimate, blessed fellowship with you. He is an inward Saviour--the indwelling source of spiritual life. If they are not filled with good, some evil spirit will enter in, and he, not Christ, will dwell there. Ephesians 1 New King James Version (NKJV) Greeting. Then why don't you let Him run it? “You being rooted and grounded in love” (compare Ephesians 3:19), is in the Greek connected with this clause, not with the clause, “that ye may be able to comprehend.” “Rooted” is an image from a tree; “grounded” (Greek, “founder,” “having your foundations resting on”), from a building (compare Notes, see on Ephesians 2:20, Ephesians 2:21; Colossians 1:23; Colossians 2:7). What about your friends? Ephesians 3:19 - and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. parties.) 4. This deserves our careful attention. By descending into the depths and ascending above all, He entered upon His function of filling the whole universe, in virtue of which function He distributes gifts to men. II. But there is still another Advent of Christ in which these that I have now referred to are, so to speak, realized and completed. There is only one place in which righteousness and peace can meet without mutually destroying each other, and that is in the Cross of Christ the Substitute. They would have been larger and happier Christians, doubtless, if they had added to the heart element the intellectual element also; but it is possible for one to take hold of Christ with the heart. (47)— θλίψεσί μου ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν, in my afflictions for you) Ephesians 3:1.— δόξα) [your] glory spiritual; inasmuch as your faith is assisted thereby [1 Corinthians 4:10]. See, then, the propriety of this expression--“rooted and grounded in love.” You know perfectly well, in regard of any of your fellow creatures, that you may admire their qualities and attainments, and everything else of that character; still, these do not touch your heart; but when there is a strong expression of love towards yourself on the part of that fellow creature, if anything conceivable could draw forth your affections, and induce what is here implied by “being rooted and grounded” in the affection of that person, it is the very fact of his love drawing you to him. Do you not feel that it is utterly uninfluential, independent of that? The reason why we have so much trouble as believers is because we don't let Him run the house. These bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. 3. You may complain, and often bitterly complain, of the darkness of your mind, and it may seem at times as if you never had any true light to shine into your soul. Ephesians 3:8. τῷ ἐλαχιστοτέρῳ, less than the least) The idea of the name Paul,(43) increased by a comparative which rises higher than even the superlative; whereby it is implied that he scarcely reckons himself among the saints. See on Colossians 1:11. Don't let Him have just one room in your house. The whole life will be as a tree planted in this rich soil. A similar exegesis is maintained by Harless and Matthies, while Olshausen looks upon the clause as a subordinate definition of the phrase “to be strengthened.” He maintains that Paul could not pray that Christ would dwell in their hearts, for He already dwelt there. Maclaren, Christ in the Heart, pp. Отсюда следует: та же любовь есть истинная и надежная добродетель души. Buttm., Gr. That is the presentation of Christ doctrinally or theologically. On this point consider 1 John 4:13 “By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us” (4:15,16; 1 John 3:24; John 15:4 “Abide in Me and I in you” (5-6); John 17:21. “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! Nobody has any difficulty in understanding what is meant when it is said that her boy dwells in her heart. It is heaven upon earth that love should be the soil in which our obedience is rooted, and from which we draw all the nutriment that turns to flowers and fruit. These bodies are members of Christ. Ephesians 1:17; Ephesians 2:18; Ephesians 2:22). Not just an object of faith (thank God for that), not just a simple doctrine that Christ lives in us, but Paul wants us to have the full realization that our body is the temple of the Spirit of God. on StudyLight.org renders it, full of varieties.— σοφία, wisdom) The angels are particularly conversant about this object. 3. It should act at first on the heart as a strong remedy, not as a soporific to lull it into false security. And no transient stay, but constant residence. It did not call nations, but individuals--Peter, James, and John and Nathaniel, and in due time Paul. p. 314). We cannot call sin the loving thing to do (Romans 13:8-10). И Христа нельзя отделять от Духа, делая Его как бы мертвым и лишенным силы. 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, () being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints () what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled () with all the fullness of God. Christ dwells there not as a sojourner, or “as a wayfaring man that turneth aside to tarry for a night,” but as a permanent resident. Ephesians 4:22; Ephesians 4:24; 1 Peter 3:4. “In love”: “Love is the soil in which believers are ‘rooted’ and on which foundation is ‘established’. Acts 20:36.— πατέρα) Its conjugate is πατριά. Ephesians 1:8 • Ephesians 1:8 NIV • Ephesians 1:8 NLT • Ephesians 1:8 ESV • Ephesians 1:8 NASB • Ephesians 1:8 KJV • Ephesians 1:8 Commentaries • Ephesians 1:8 Bible Apps • Ephesians 1:8 Biblia Paralela • Ephesians 1:8 Chinese Bible • Ephesians 1:8 French Bible • Ephesians 1:8 German Bible Interlinear Bible Bible Hub There is no relief for me in atheism, or pantheism, or in the idea that the sum total of the universe, and that all causes and effects, are God; that the whole physical creation is the body of God; that all the intelligence diffused through all creatures is the intelligence of God; that matter and mind, as they exist distributed through the universe, are only another name for God. And if I may so say, similarly quick to feel the first breath of the pestilence is the presence of the Christ which cannot dwell with evil. 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. When Jesus is allowed to "settle down" in our lives, when we allow His will to control us (Galatians 2:20), the results are great (Galatians 5:22-23). What he desires, then, is not merely that these Ephesian Christians may have occasional visits of the indwelling Lord, or that at some lofty moments of spiritual enthusiasm they may be conscious that He is with them, but that always, in an unbroken line of deep, calm receptiveness, they may possess, and know that they possess, an indwelling Saviour. , so that we may approximately live and speak as Christ would in our place. Hence love is the first consequence of the indwelling of Christ in the soul; and by it the soul becomes rooted and grounded in the unity, given by that indwelling, with man and God. 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. That the attempt to prove a God by scientific tests, applying physics strictly, can only reach a small way up. I have perfect confidence. The love of God includes gratitude for His benefits. Connected inseparably with love to Christ for what He is, is love to Christ for what He has done; and this, too, is founded in knowledge: “Ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ; that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich.” It is when this grace is known that love takes possession of the heart, and it is by the faith of it that He continues to dwell there; and as knowledge grows, and faith is strengthened, love is invigorated. 1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We cannot escape the connection in this passage. Are you afraid of what God might do if you do yield yourself entirely to Him, afraid what God might do with us if we really put ourselves in His hands? As one man said, it's all right to be a Christian, but please don't bring your religion into business. 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