Christ in the Heart
A Sermon on Ephesians 3:17Read more
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.
Additional Scripture Translations
Ephesians 3:17, New American Standard Bible
17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
Ephesians 3:17, King James Version
17That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.