Christ in the Heart
A Sermon on Ephesians 3:17
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, (ESV)
The indwelling of Christ in the hearts of believers that Paul speaks of in Ephesians 3:17 is not referring to Christians receiving Christ in their hearts at salvation. Rather, as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says, it is Christ manifested in the hearts of those who already believe. This kind of manifestation of Christ is fundamentally different from what happens in regeneration when the believer becomes united to Christ in faith and the Holy Spirit. For this is a continual indwelling whereby Christ is always present throughout the life of the believer by comforting and guiding them. This is one of the most important truths of the Christian life, for in it we see all our working and striving as a result of Christ who himself is working in us and through us to accomplish all these things. We see it as vain and fruitless to fight sin and temptation with our own strength and power when we understand who Christ is and what he has done for us. This comforting truth is presented by Dr. Lloyd-Jones, and it both humbles and encourages us by showing just how weak we are on our own. It shows us how great is Christ who indwells us and empowers us to live as he has called us.