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Christ's home in our hearts
Bible Passage Ephesians 3: 14 -21
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2024 & books Acts, Ephesians, Ezra, Matthew.

Christ’s home in our hearts

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached January 11, 2024

SCRIPTURE 📖
14 This is the reason I bow my knees before the Father of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah,

15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth receives its name.

16 I pray that he would give you, according to his glorious riches, strength in your inner being and power through his Spirit,

17 and that the Messiah would make his home in your hearts through faith. Then, having been rooted and grounded in love,

18 you will be able to understand, along with all the saints, what is wide, long, high, and deep—

19 that is, you will know the love of the Messiah— which transcends knowledge, and will be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to the one who can do infinitely more than all we can ask or imagine according to the power that is working among us—

21 to him be glory in the church and in the Messiah Jesus to all generations, forever and ever! Amen.

BACKGROUND ✝
‘For this reason, I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.’ It was the custom of Jews to stand when they prayed (see Matthew 6:5; Luke 18:11; 13 ). However, sometimes they would kneel. This would show a great desire to pray. Ezra (Ezra 9:5) and Jesus prayed like this. Jesus fell to the ground in the garden. This was just before he died on the cross (Matthew 26:39). Stephen prayed like this just before he died (Acts 7:60).

The one to whom Paul prays is the Father of all who believe, whether Jews or Gentiles. This one is the true Father. Everything in the universe has its origin in Him.
Our Father in Heaven is completely wise, loving, and powerful. He provides everything that we need. He looks after us. He corrects us when we go wrong. A human father does all that he can for his children. Our Father in heaven is much greater. His ways with us are perfect and complete. Even earthly fathers and their families exist only because there is a heavenly Father and his family (verses 14-15).

When we have faith in Christ, He lives in our ‘inner person’. There He gives us His love. ‘Your lives will be like plants with roots in the ground of his love’. It is as if we have deep roots. It is like the roots of a strong tree. They go down deep into the soil. Christ’s love is like the soil that the roots grow into. His love gives a strong life to the roots. He holds us firmly. In Christ, we are safe and we can grow. It is also like the firm rock under a building. With hard rock underneath it, the building cannot fall.

Paul asks the heavenly Father that those who are His children might be strengthened inwardly by allowing the Spirit of Christ within them to control them. As they understand more of Christ’s love, they will grow to be more like Him in their lives (verses 16-19).

According to verse 18, the love of God is wide. It is for everyone in the world. Paul is talking especially about Jews and Gentiles. So it is for them. The love is long enough for all time and every age. It is high enough to bring praise to God in heaven. It is deep enough to reach down to the worst sinner. The root is love in the inner person. It is not love in the head and the mind. It does not mean knowledge in the mind. Also, a person does not receive this love only for oneself. He receives it together with ‘all the saints’. We share this wonderful love.

They should not think that the goal to grow like Christ is too high to reach, for God is able to do far more than we think possible (verses 20-21).

God knows what we ask. He knows it even before we ask. He knows our thoughts and imaginations. He knows what we dream. He has the power to go beyond any of these. His thoughts and His ways are greater than ours. He is able to do much more than we can ever ask or imagine. The power comes from Christ. He lives in our inner person by faith. Paul writes about the same power that raised Jesus from death. The same power put Jesus on the right side of God. And so we shall be there with Him.

Everything that there is will give God glory. It will be forever and ever through all the ages. This is His great master plan of salvation. He gave it to us by Jesus Christ. Christ’s love and power are in the Christian and in the church. The church will work out God’s purposes in the world. They will have the strength of God’s Holy Spirit to do this.

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷 Our life and very existence come from God the Father. He is the origin of our life

🔷 Our faith in Christ makes Him live within us to direct and guide us

🔷 The love of Christ goes down to affect the worst sinner and spreads wide to cover all people in the world

🔷 God’s thoughts and ways are greater than ours.

🔷 God gives power to the Church to carry out His plans and purposes

PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Pray that we all receive the love of Christ in our hearts
💥 Pray for inner strength

CONCLUSION📙
When we allow the power of the love of God to dwell among us, we shall become God’s people who will enjoy His unfailing richness and joy. He will do more than we ask and imagine because of His power at work in us.
AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections