Deeply Rooted and Firmly Founded

I’ll admit, studying one verse of scripture each day is not efficient, but it is effective.  Picking up where I left off a few days ago:  Eph 3:17

“so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love” (NASB)

Greek understanding of the same verse:

So that Christ might finally settle down and feel completely at home in your inner self through your belief in the truth; and that you having been deeply rooted and having been deeply and firmly founded in the supernatural love of the Father

The whole verse is powerful, but a few things specifically stand out.  “Heart” as translated in the NASB is better explained as the inner self.   It is what controls the mind, emotions and will.  Many have been taught that that goal is to “receive Jesus into your heart.”  Paul explains the real goal beautifully here in the part about Christ feeling completely at home in our inmost being.

The “belief in the truth”, in its simplest form, is the truth that God loves me (you).  The truth that He is crazy about me, can’t stop thinking about me, always pursuing, always engaging, infinitely forgiving and gracious.  That is the truth!  Until I can believe the truth, or even begin to really believe it, Christ can’t feel completely at home…

I love that the Greek tense changes the game at the end of this verse, at least it does for me!  Being in the NASB implies only that something is happening right now.   We don’t actually have an English word for what is being communicated at the end of verse 17.  “Having been” means it has happened, it is happening and it will continue to happen.  I love that!   We have already been deeply rooted and firmly founded, we are currently (in this moment right now) being deeply rooted and firmly founded, and we will continue to be deeply rooted and firmly founded in the supernatural love of the Father.


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