The Heart Prepared
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)
When Scripture speaks of believers being indwelt by Christ Jesus it is referring to a real experience, not simply an emotional reaction. From Ephesians 3:17, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones brings this foundational truth to bear on our hearts because it is something all believers should experience as they grow in maturity, faith, and understanding of Christ. There is no special indwelling only for ministers and preachers, but this is something all Christians can and should experience. Dr. Lloyd-Jones argues that this is not an experience of faith, as opposed to true and tangible experience. He looks to many ordinary saints throughout the many centuries of the church as testament to this truth. We see men and women who had a real, life-altering experiences of this indwelling. However, like all aspects of the Christian life, it is not something humans do apart from the grace and power of God. For it starts with salvation and conversion, and is a part of the ongoing work of sanctification in the lives of believers. This great truth should encourage all Christians to seek growth in Christ and to come to know him more and more as they live in faith and love.