We should feel as the Samaritans did: “Now we believe, not because of thy saying; for we … ourselves … know that this is the Christ.” But they themselves saw Him and knew Him, and from an earnest and original conviction of their own souls they believed in Him. Ephesians 3:7. οὗ, of which) viz. So we translate it—“ye having been rooted and grounded in love in order that ye may be able,” etc. A withered branch draws no sap from the most fertile ground. God’s love to us; and then he prays that the Ephesians, who had already tasted God’s love to them in Christ, might be more fully strengthened in the persuasion of that love. But the second view (so Ell., Alf., etc.) There remains, however, the question of the construction. It is the gift of the Father through the Son, and it can become the root and the foundation of the life of each one of us. This is the true and abiding source of spiritual strength and of all other manifestations of the divine life. , so that we may approximately live and speak as Christ would in our place. Christianity differs from all other religions, not in the fact that it commands a worship--for all do; not simply in the superior view which it gives of God; but by demanding a peculiar condition of heart toward Christ. You cannot prove nor disprove by matter that which lies beyond matter; and if, through all the material universe, there is no sign nor hint of God, it does not make any difference in the truth of His spiritual existence. May I add a little word in here. Our apostle here proceeds with affectionate ardour to pray for further spiritual blessings on the behalf of his beloved Ephesians: 1. Итог таков: верою Христа следует не созерцать вдали, а принять в свою душу, дабы Он в ней обитал. Some are still in the abc of spiritual life. Where the Spirit of God is, there also is Christ. Ephesians 3:11. πρόθεσιν τῶν αἰώνων, the purpose of the ages [eternal purpose]) concerning the ages, and before the ages, 2 Timothy 1:9.— ἣν, which) This refers to πρόθεσιν, purpose.— ἡμῶν, our, of us) viz. Ephesians 2:7 : comp. 1. Ephesians 1:22, where ὑπὲρ πάντα means, that which is above all: this [His exaltation as Head of the Church] is above all exaltation, that He Himself is the Head of the Church, etc. Ephesians 3:5. ὃ, which) This refers to Ephesians 3:3, as the repetition of the verb γνωρίζω, I make known, indicates.— ἑτέραις γενεαῖς, in other ages) Time in the ablative, as Acts 13:36.— οὐκ ἐγνωρίσθνη, was not made known) He does not say οὐκ ἀπεκαλύφθη, was not revealed. The outward condition does not make a man like Christ; but the inward spirit. Let us neither intrude into His province nor neglect our own. This in opposition to Harless and Olshausen, who find this more precise definition only in the following ἐν ἀγ. II. 2. Ephesians 4:22; Ephesians 4:24; 1 Peter 3:4. Moreover, the antithesis of the apostles and prophets of the New Testament to the sons of men leads to the conclusion, that by this appellation the ancient prophets are principally intended; for example, Ezekiel, who is often called בן אדם, son of man, and has copiously described the city and house of God, as Paul does in this place.— ἐν πνεύματι, in the Spirit) the gift of whom was reserved for the New Testament, with a view to the glorifying of Christ. The sweet songbirds and the honey-making bees are said always to desert a neighbourhood before a pestilence breaks out in it. Nay, it is the ground under the foundation, the solid earth, which supports building, foundation, and all. And this leads me to the third feature of love, that it be intelligent and enlightened, that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith. To refer it to loving, including both God’s love to us and ours to Him, confounds two things, either of which could be represented as soil and foundation, but scarcely both. (C. Girdlestone, M. (C. Girdlestone, M. The apostle there says, "The Spirit of God dwelleth in you. Song of Solomon, when you and I yield ourselves unreservedly to Him and ask Him to come and run our lives so that His will and His purpose may be accomplished in us, we may be amazed at what God will do. Итак, Павел определяет: божественной духовной силой обладают те, в ком обитает Христос. What Paul is praying for is that the believer may have a full Revelation, a full realization of Christ dwelling in his heart. He fills it with the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). Christ dwells in the heart as a character--as a spirit of life. Now look at God. It is established there, and held to its rocky holding by strong clamps, so that the storm and the torrent cannot shake it. It implies congeniality. The second is preferable, because of the emphasis which (in the Greek) rests on the verb. It is the heart that is to interpret the things that are marked out by our creed or philosophy. Ex. 1. Or we may regard the matter from another standpoint—namely, that of knowledge producing love. In Galatians 3:27, Paul says we "put on" Christ at our baptism.If we sink into water, it surrounds us. “Do you mean,” questioned the lady, gently, “that God dwells and rules in your heart?” “Yes,” he answered, but his voice sounded far off, sweet, and low, as if it came from a soul already well on its way “through the dark valley of the shadow of death.”. On this, as its only foundation, it rests. Christ (Χριστον — Christon accusative of general reference) is asked to make his home in our hearts. You remember it when you were a child, and now you are a man it does not seem to be any older! Ephesians 3:3. κατὰ ἀποκαλύψιν, by revelation) Galatians 1:12; Acts 9:3-4.— ἐγνώρισέ μοι, made known to me) God, by His grace.— τὸ μυστήριον, the mystery) of Christ; see the following verses.— προέγραψα ἐν ὀλίγῳ) I wrote before in a few words. The apostles would agree (1 John 4:8; 1 John 4:20-21). dwelleth in us by his gifts, and we are just by those his gifts remaining in us; and not by Christ's proper justice only, as some modern innovators will have it. Can we dare let Him do that? De Wette) and of the knowledge (further result of the faith, ch. Revelation is somewhat more special; making known is done in the hearing of others also: revelation is only made to the prophets.— τοῖς υἱοῖς τῶν ἀνθρώπων, to the sons of men) A very wide appellation, expressing the cause of ignorance, natural descent, to which the Spirit is opposed; comp. That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith - see the notes, Ephesians 2:22. 3. It aimed at a new and better social state; it aims at it now. 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