That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height – Ephesians 3:17-18
Notice that Paul, in the verse above, didn’t say, “That Jesus may dwell in your hearts by faith….” Rather, he said, “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith….” Jesus has ascended to heaven; the man Jesus is in heaven. So, what he’s talking about here isn’t the man Jesus Christ dwelling in you, rather, he’s talking about all that’s in the character, personality, potency of the glory and graces of Christ; the personification of Christ in you. And that’s done by the Holy Spirit.
That’s why, when we say, “Christ in a man” we’re looking at the character, the beauty, all of the glory, power, and the righteousness of God encapsulated in a man. So, a Christian isn’t just a religious person; a Christian is that man in whom Christ resides.
The word “dwell” as used in our opening verse also means, “settle”; so a Christian is one in whom Christ has settled. In other words, being born again, Christ has made His abode in the quarters of your heart; all the qualities, personality, and the character of Christ are tabernacled in your spirit! You’ve now become like Him, because He has settled and made His home in your heart by faith; everything about Him is now resident in your spirit.
No wonder the Bible says as He is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17); because His very life, the very quality of His personality and the characteristics of His glory are all in you today. Blessed truth!
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Confession (Faith’s Proclamation)
I’m seated with Christ in the place of influence, power and authority, where I reign and rule with Him. Christ has settled and made His home in my heart by faith, therefore, the very quality of His personality, His beauties and graces are evident in, and expressed through me, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: John 14:7-9; Luke 4:18-19