Saving Grace

Christ dwells in our hearts by faith

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. – Ephesians 3:14-19

God possesses an inexhaustible fullness of grace and mercy. The saints can never pray for benefits in excess of God’s ability to supply. God can do abundantly and exceedingly more than we can ever ask for.

When we go before the Lord God in prayer, we have a mediator in Christ Jesus. All of God’s gifts to us come from the hand of Christ. All of God’s gifts to us come from him through our Lord, Jesus. God is and will be praised throughout all generations.

In the above epistle, Paul solemnly prays for the saints in the young church at Ephesus and for all the saints. He prays for strength of our inner being. He prays that we experience the richness of the love of Christ in the communion of the saints, and that we build on that foundation. He also prays that we be filled to the brim with the fullness of our God.

Paul opens his prayer in humility. “I bow my knees.” When we draw near to pray to God, we should show reverence. We should express that reverence in a most suitable way.

That love of God comes to us through Christ. Christ dwells in our hearts by faith. Therefore, in faith, we are rooted and grounded in his love.

The church has a dependence upon Christ who is the cornerstone of the Christian church.

Even though the Jews talk about Abraham and their place in God’s kingdom through Abraham, Jews and Gentiles are both unified in Christ. Along with the saints in heaven and those here on earth, we are unified in Christ. We are all part of one family.

The apostle appeals to God for the church. He requests spiritual blessings, which are the best blessings. Spiritual blessings should earnestly be prayed for by all – that is all people.

We should pray not only for ourselves, but for our family, friends and our neighbors and for the whole church. We pray that God would grant to us according to the riches of his grace, to be strengthened.

To be strengthened is to be endured with a high degree of grace. With spiritual abilities to do the work that we have been called to do. Strength to resist temptation. Strength to endure persecution.

His prayer is that the saints be rooted and grounded in love. That we be steadfastly fixed in our love to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We should desire that God’s love be fixed in us. That we may be rooted and grounded in love. When the love of God reigns in our hearts, we can then extend that love to our fellowmen.

It is most desirable that the love of God is fixed in our souls. Scripture says, “We love him because he first loved us.” He says that you may be able to comprehend with all the saints. That is, more clearly to understand with all the saints. That is, more clearly, to understand and believe the wonderful love of Christ. Amen.  

 
 • Rev. Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at the Lutheran Church of Nassau, 119 John F. Kennedy Drive, can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas; or telephone: 426-9084; E-mail: lutheranchurch@coralwave.com; website: www.nassaulutheranchurch.org

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