Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #14
Posted: September 9, 2004

A Study of Positional Truths

For several weeks now we have been mining around in the rich mine of being IN CHRIST. The book of Ephesians is the mine. We have this week come upon another rich vein of ore.  The vein is found in Ephesians 3:17-19. “That Christ may dwell in yours 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 fullness of God.” 

Paul has been dealing with ‘being in Christ’ but here he brings up the grander truth of ‘Christ being in us’. The word dwell used in verse 17 has the idea of to live in as a home, to settle down in.  The tense of the verb is aorist and shows finality.  Paul says ‘may Christ be at last settled down and feel completely at home in your heart’. “If we make room for the Holy Spirit, he will make room for the Lord Jesus.” (Dr. Max Reich)  When we yield to the Holy Spirit our all, He will remove anything that hinders Christ from being at home in our hearts. The faith mentioned here is not the faith for salvation, but the belief in the Holy Spirit to fill us with the fullness of Christ. This belief reckons it so, not based on a fuzzy wuzzy feeling, but on the word of God.   

The one who is yielded to the Spirit, and Christ is at home in him, will experience some unusual wonders. They will be rooted and grounded. The word “rooted” means surely settled and grounded means deeply founded.  The love mentioned here is that love that ushers forth from God that the Holy Ghost shed abroad in the heart of a yielded believer. (Romans 5:5)  The yielded believer will not be blown about with the circumstances of life because of his depth in Christ.   

In verse 18 Paul challenges the yielded believer to measure the love of God offered to us by Christ dwelling in us. The word comprehend” means to lay hold to as one’s own possession. We are given four dimensions of measurement. This is very interesting that Paul gives four dimensions; breadth, length, depth, height.  In Revelation 21:16 John gives only three measurements of heaven; breadth, length, height. The measure of depth is missing. I feel that Paul told them to check this measurement for a reason.  Don’t you?  When measuring the length of God’s love our first question is, ‘When did He start to love us?’ He never started to love us. His love has no beginning point and it will have no end. (Jeremiah 31:3)  In our next measurement we would ask, ‘How wide is God’s love?’ His creature love is wide enough to love all His creation.  His redeeming love is precise enough to love His church for whom He gave His life’s blood. (Ephesians 5:25) How high is God’s love? It is as high as His throne where we sit with Him positionaly. This is the same place from which He promised to come again that we may be with Him. (John 14:3) How deep is God’s love?  He condescended from heaven to earth. O, it must be deeper. He went from the earth to the grave. O, it must be deeper.  He went from the grave to Hell. O, it must be deeper. He went from Hell to earth alive again. O, it must be deeper. He went from earth to heaven and there sat down. O, the depths of His love are unfathomable. No wonder in heaven there is no measurement of depth. We will spend all of eternity sounding the bottom of His love but without success.  There is no bottom to His love. Paul said in verse 19, His love is beyond our comprehension. Let the thoughts of His deep love fill us with all the fullness of God.  Do remember, if we are yielded to the Spirit, Christ is at home in us, then are we full of God.  What a thought!  It is a grand thought that I am in Him but a grander thought is that He is in me.