Ephesians 3:17
Verse (Click for Chapter)
New International Version
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,

New Living Translation
Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God's love and keep you strong.

English Standard Version
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

Berean Study Bible
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

Berean Literal Bible
for Christ to dwell in your hearts through faith, being rooted and being founded in love,

New American Standard Bible
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

King James Bible
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love,

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

NET Bible
that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, so that, because you have been rooted and grounded in love,

New Heart English Bible
that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; to the end that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The Messiah may dwell by faith, and in your hearts by love, when your root and your foundation shall be confirmed,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Christ will live in you through faith. I also pray that love may be the ground into which you sink your roots and on which you have your foundation.

New American Standard 1977
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

Jubilee Bible 2000
that the Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith, that ye, being rooted and grounded in charity,

King James 2000 Bible
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

American King James Version
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

American Standard Version
that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; to the end that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

Douay-Rheims Bible
That Christ may dwell by faith in your hearts; that being rooted and founded in charity,

Darby Bible Translation
that the Christ may dwell, through faith, in your hearts, being rooted and founded in love,

English Revised Version
that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; to the end that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

Webster's Bible Translation
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

Weymouth New Testament
I pray that Christ may make His home in your hearts through your faith; so that having your roots deep and your foundations strong, in love, you may become mighty to grasp the idea,

World English Bible
that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; to the end that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

Young's Literal Translation
that the Christ may dwell through the faith in your hearts, in love having been rooted and founded,
Study Bible
Paul's Prayer for the Ephesians
16I pray that out of the riches of His glory, He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18may have power, together with all the saints, to comprehend the length and width and height and depth of His love,…
Cross References
John 14:23
Jesus replied, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make Our home with him.

Romans 8:9
You, however, are controlled not by the flesh, but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.

Romans 8:10
But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet the Spirit gives you life because of righteousness.

1 Corinthians 3:6
I planted the seed and Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.

2 Corinthians 13:5
Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Can't you see for yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you--unless you actually fail the test?

Ephesians 2:22
And in Him you too are being built together into a dwelling place for God in His Spirit.

Colossians 1:23
if indeed you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope of the gospel you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.

Colossians 2:7
rooted and built up in Him, established in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Treasury of Scripture

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

Christ.

Ephesians 2:21 In whom all the building fitly framed together grows to an holy temple …

Isaiah 57:15 For thus said the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose …

John 6:56 He that eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, dwells in me, and I in him.

John 14:17,23 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because …

John 17:23 I in them, and you in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and …

Romans 8:9-11 But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the …

2 Corinthians 6:16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? for you are …

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ …

Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of …

1 John 4:4,16 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because …

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, …

being.

Matthew 13:6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had …

Romans 5:5 And hope makes not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad …

1 Corinthians 8:1 Now as touching things offered to idols, we know that we all have …

2 Corinthians 5:14,15 For the love of Christ constrains us; because we thus judge, that …

Galatians 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision; …

Colossians 1:23 If you continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved …

Colossians 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as you …

grounded.

Matthew 7:24,25 Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will …

Luke 6:48 He is like a man which built an house, and dig deep, and laid the …

(17) That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith.--What that indwelling power is he now indicates, so passing to another Person of the Holy Trinity. It is (see Colossians 1:27) "Christ in you, the hope of glory." The indwelling of Christ (as here the construction of the original plainly shows) is not a consequence of the gift of the Spirit; it is identical with it, for the office of the Holy Spirit is to implant and work out in us the likeness of Christ. 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 . . . ye are in me and I in you." Hence the life in the Spirit is described as "To me to live is Christ" (Philippians 1:21); "I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me" (Galatians 2:20). Faith is simply the condition of that indwelling of Christ (comp. Ephesians 2:8), the opening of the door to Him that He may enter in.

The prayer is here complete, all that follows being but consequent from it. In accordance with the universal law of revelation, all is from the Father, all is through the Son vouchsafing to tabernacle in our humanity, all is by the Spirit effecting that indwelling of Christ in each individual soul.

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.

The expression "rooted and grounded" (i.e., founded) contains the same mixture of metaphor as in 1Corinthians 3:9, of the tree and the building--a mixture so natural as to pass into common usage. (Comp. Colossians 2:7, "rooted and being built up in Him.") The idea implied in "rooted" is of the striking down deeper and spreading wider into the soil; in "founded" of the firm basis on which ultimately we rest. "In love:" Love is not itself the root or foundation (for this is Jesus Christ Himself), but the condition under which growth takes place. Generally that growth is upward, as in 1Corinthians 8:1 : "Knowledge puffeth up, but love buildeth up;" or, as in Ephesians 4:16, where the body is said "to build itself up in love." Here that growth is downward, deeper and deeper into the communion with God in Christ, as "faith is made perfect (or, efficient) by love." As in relation to man, so also to God, love is at once the recognition of an existing unity between spirit and spirit, and a means--probably the only means--of making that unity energetic and deepening it continually. 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.

Verse 17. - That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith. Reversing the usual order, the prayer begins (ver. 16) by asking the blessing of the Third Person of the Godhead; now we have a cluster of petitions connected with the Second Person. The first of these is for the indwelling of Christ in their hearts, as opposed to mere occasional visits or influences from Christ; the instrument by which this blessing is attained being their faith. Christ exercising a constant power within them, both in the active and passive movements of the heart, giving the sense of pardon and acceptance, molding the will, sweetening the emotions, enlightening and confirming the conscience, purifying the whole springs and principles of action. This to be secured by their faith, opening the door, receiving Christ in all his fullness, resting and living on him, believing his promises, and longing for his appearing the second time. In order that ye, having been rooted and grounded in love. Two images are combined to make the idea emphatic - that of a tree and that of a building; denoting what is both the starting-point and the support of the Christian's life, viz. love. In what sense? The love of Christ is specified afterwards (ver. 19), but this may be as a pre-eminent branch of that manifold love which bears on the Christian life - the love of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; the love of the brethren to one another; and the reciprocal love evoked from the believer by the reception of this love. Evidently it is implied that the Christian life can begin and flourish only in such an atmosphere of love; as warm sunshine is needed to start and advance the life of a plant, so love is needed to start and carry on the life of the soul. Experience of Divine love is a great quickening and propelling power. "One glance of God, a touch of his love, will free and enlarge the heart, so that it can deny all and part with all and make an entire renunciation of all to follow him" (Archbishop Leighton). That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith,.... This is another petition put up by the apostle for the Ephesians, which is for the inhabitation of Christ in them: the inhabitant Christ is he who dwells in the highest heavens, who dwells in the Father, and the Father in him, in whom all fulness dwells, the fulness of the Godhead, and the fulness of grace; so that those in whose hearts he dwells cannot want any good thing, must be in the greatest safety, and enjoy the greatest comfort and pleasure; and this inhabitation of Christ prayed for is not to be understood in such sense, as he dwells everywhere, being the omnipresent God; or as he dwells in the human nature; nor of his dwelling merely by his Spirit, but of a personal indwelling of his; and which is an instance of his special grace: he dwells in his people, as a king in his palace, to rule and protect them, and as a master in his family to provide for them, and as their life to quicken them; it is in consequence of their union to him, and is expressive of their communion with him, and is perpetual; where he once takes up his residence, he never totally and finally departs: the place where he dwells is not their heads, nor their tongues, but their hearts; and this is where no good thing dwells but himself and his grace; and where sin dwells, and where he is often slighted, opposed, and rebelled against: the means by which he dwells is faith; which is not the bond of union to Christ, nor the cause of his being and dwelling in the hearts of his people; but is the instrument or means by which they receive him, and retain him, and by which they have communion with him:

that ye being rooted and grounded in love; either in love to God, and one another; for faith and love go together; and love is sometimes weak, and needs establishing; and what serves to root and ground persons in it, are the discoveries of God's love, views of Christ's loveliness, the consideration of blessings received, and the communion they have with God, and Christ, and one another, and a larger insight into the doctrines of the Gospel: or rather in the love of God to them; which is the root and foundation of salvation; this is in itself immovable and immutable; but saints have not always the manifestations of it, and sometimes call it in question, and have need to be rooted and grounded in it; which is to have a lively sense of it, and to be persuaded of interest in it, and that nothing shall be able to separate from it. 17. That—So that.

dwell—abidingly make His abode (Joh 14:23). Where the Spirit is there Christ is (Joh 14:16, 18).

by faith—Greek, "through faith," which opens the door of the heart to Jesus (Joh 3:20). It is not enough that He be on the tongue, or flit through the brain: the heart is His proper seat [Calvin]. "You being rooted and grounded in love" (compare Eph 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 [2367]Eph 2:20,21; Col 1:23; 2:7). Contrast Mt 13:6, 21. "Love," the first-fruit of the Spirit, flowing from Christ's love realized in the soul, was to be the basis on which should rest their further comprehension of all the vastness of Christ's love.3:13-19 The apostle seems to be more anxious lest the believers should be discouraged and faint upon his tribulations, than for what he himself had to bear. He asks for spiritual blessings, which are the best blessings. Strength from the Spirit of God in the inner man; strength in the soul; the strength of faith, to serve God, and to do our duty. If the law of Christ is written in our hearts, and the love of Christ is shed abroad there, then Christ dwells there. Where his Spirit dwells, there he dwells. We should desire that good affections may be fixed in us. And how desirable to have a fixed sense of the love of God in Christ to our souls! How powerfully the apostle speaks of the love of Christ! The breadth shows its extent to all nations and ranks; the length, that it continues from everlasting to everlasting; the depth, its saving those who are sunk into the depths of sin and misery; the height, its raising them up to heavenly happiness and glory. Those who receive grace for grace from Christ's fulness, may be said to be filled with the fulness of God. Should not this satisfy man? Must he needs fill himself with a thousand trifles, fancying thereby to complete his happiness?
Jump to Previous
Christ Deep Dwell End Established Faith Foundations Founded Grasp Grounded Hearts Home Idea Love Mighty Rooted Roots Strong
Jump to Next
Christ Deep Dwell End Established Faith Foundations Founded Grasp Grounded Hearts Home Idea Love Mighty Rooted Roots Strong
Links
Ephesians 3:17 NIV
Ephesians 3:17 NLT
Ephesians 3:17 ESV
Ephesians 3:17 NASB
Ephesians 3:17 KJV

Ephesians 3:17 Biblia Paralela
Ephesians 3:17 Chinese Bible
Ephesians 3:17 French Bible
Ephesians 3:17 German Bible

Alphabetical: And being Christ dwell established faith grounded hearts I in love may pray rooted so that through you your

NT Letters: Ephesians 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts (Ephes. Eph. Ep) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools
Ephesians 3:16
Top of Page
Top of Page