Ephesians 3:17
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,

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

Contemporary English Version
and that Christ will live in your hearts because of your faith. Stand firm and be deeply rooted in his love.

Good News Translation
and I pray that Christ will make his home in your hearts through faith. I pray that you may have your roots and foundation 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 groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:

Isaiah 57:15
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

John 6:56
He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.

being.

Matthew 13:6
And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.

Romans 5:5
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

1 Corinthians 8:1
Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.

grounded.

Matthew 7:24,25
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: …

Luke 6:48
He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.







Lexicon
so that
τὸν (ton)
Article - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Christ
Χριστὸν (Christon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5547: Anointed One; the Messiah, the Christ. From chrio; Anointed One, i.e. The Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.

may dwell
κατοικῆσαι (katoikēsai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 2730: To dwell in, settle in, be established in (permanently), inhabit. From kata and oikeo; to house permanently, i.e. Reside.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

your
ὑμῶν (hymōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

hearts
καρδίαις (kardiais)
Noun - Dative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 2588: Prolonged from a primary kar; the heart, i.e. the thoughts or feelings; also the middle.

through
διὰ (dia)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1223: A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through.

faith.
πίστεως (pisteōs)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4102: Faith, belief, trust, confidence; fidelity, faithfulness.

[And I pray that] you, being rooted
ἐρριζωμένοι (errizōmenoi)
Verb - Perfect Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 4492: To cause to take root; met: I plant, fix firmly, establish. From rhiza; to root.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

grounded
τεθεμελιωμένοι (tethemeliōmenoi)
Verb - Perfect Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 2311: To found, lay the foundation (lit. and met.). From themelios; to lay a basis for, i.e. erect, or consolidate.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

love,
ἀγάπῃ (agapē)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 26: From agapao; love, i.e. Affection or benevolence; specially a love-feast.
(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). 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?
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