~Ephesians 3:17-19, That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
Nuggets of Truth
Rooted and grounded in love … just what is Paul teaching us here? To be grounded in our faith is to base our faith on Jesus Christ, our foundation.
~1 Corinthians 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
With Christ as the foundation, a believer now has the opportunity to grow as a Christian as he reads the Word and allows himself to be taught by the Holy Spirit. Like a plant, as the believer grows, his spiritual roots grow deeper and deeper and he becomes stable and well planted in his beliefs. As we glean from Ephesians 3:17-19, we find that the love of God is the center of the very life of the believer. It is this love that permeates every level of the believer’s life.
~1 John 4:16-17 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
When someone claims to be “born again,” it becomes evident in his actions. The act of dwelling implies permanence in these verses in 1 John. Anyone who has experienced the love of God cannot help but to expose that love in his actions and words. Anyone who has experienced God’s mercy in their lives cannot help but share that mercy with others.
Refining the Gold
~2 Thessalonians 2:15-17 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.
As we build on the foundation of Christ and root ourselves in His Word, we find ourselves dwelling in God’s love. As a result, we are able to stand fast and hang onto what Christ has taught us. We are not blown about with the wind of false doctrine but we hold to the traditions taught us in the Word. Not the traditions of men, as some “religions” teach, but the traditions based on the foundation of the world, Jesus Christ. Christ is seen in and revealed throughout the Old Testament and these “traditions” from the Word are the very foundation of the Christian church.
In these end times, it is all the more important for us to follow these instructions. Let’s be rooted – let’s dwell in God’s love – let’s stand fast and hold to what we have been taught in God’s Word! God, in His great love, has promised us consolation, good hope and comfort during these upcoming trials which will come upon the whole world.