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EPHESIANS - Chapter 3 - Verse 17

Verse 17. That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith. See Barnes "Eph 2:22".

Expressions like this often occur in the Scriptures, where God is said to dwell in us, and we are said to be the temples of the Holy Ghost. See Barnes "Joh 14:23"; See Barnes "1 Co 6:19".


That ye being rooted. Firmly established—as a tree is whose roots strike deep, and extend afar. The meaning is, that his love should be as firm in our hearts as a tree is in the soil, whose roots strike deep into the earth.

And grounded. teyemeliwmenoi—founded—as a building is on a foundation. 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.

In love. In love to the Redeemer—perhaps also in love to each other— and to all. Love was the great principle of the true religion, and the apostle wished that they might be fully settled in that.

{d} "dwell in your hearts" Joh 14:23; Eph 2:2 {e} "rooted" Col 2:7

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