The Book of Ephesians ~ Chapter 3:17 ~ The Distinction Between the Indwelling of Christ and Christ Dwelling in Your Heart (cont.) ~ Being Rooted and Grounded in Love

Vol. 15 No. 18

5 15 16 eph 3 vs 16, 17 Distinctions Dwelling Christ and Indwelling Rooted and Grounded


Vs. 17, “Christ at home in your hearts.”

10) Jesus Christ indwells the body of every believer for the following reasons.

  • As the badge or sign of the Royal Family of God.
  • As the Shekinah Glory that guarantees our Portfolio of Invisible Assets, the “riches of glory.”
  • As a depositary and escrow officer, (i.e., the guarantee of your escrow blessings for time and eternity provided by God the Father in eternity past).
  • As a guarantee of eternal life, (i.e., life after death in the presence of God forever), John 10:27-30.
  • As motivation for momentum in spiritual adulthood. This is especially true when we experience underserved suffering for blessing. Undeserved suffering is necessary for advancement to spiritual maturity.
  • As the basis for assigning number one priority to relationship with God over relationship with mankind.

11) The indwelling of the Holy Spirit provides a temple in us for the indwelling of Christ as the Shekinah glory, 1 Cor 3:16; 6:19-20; 2 Cor 6:16; Eph 2:18-22.

1 Cor 3:16, “Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”

1 Cor 6:19-20, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.”

2 Cor 6:16, “Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, (Lev 26:12), ‘I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE’.”

12) Just as God the Holy Spirit permanently indwells every believer, so does Jesus Christ permanently indwelling the body of every believer. Just as we are commanded to be filled with God the Holy Spirit, which is temporary, so are we to have Christ dwell in our hearts, which can be temporary.

  • The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is positional – permanent.
  • The filling of the Holy Spirit is experiential – temporal.
  • The indwelling of Jesus Christ is positional – permanent.
  • Christ at home in your heart / Occupation with Christ is experiential – temporal.

13) The indwelling of Jesus Christ is the beginning of the unique life of the Church Age believer. The combination of the indwelling of Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is the basis for the unique life, Rom 8:10.

Rom 8:10, “And if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.”

14) The attainment of Christ being at home in your heart is gradual. The Lord becoming your role model starts by the command in Eph 3:19, “And to come to know the love for Christ which goes beyond GNOSIS that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” The fullness of God is EPIGNOSIS doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness.

So we have to get to the place where we understand that we need help. We have to come to the point of helplessness to learn. You have to know that you know nothing before you can know something. We often do not know how helpless we are until we get into a jam. When we do, The Lord Jesus Christ becomes our best friend.

15) Fellowship with God the Son is found in 1 Cor 1:9, “God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Our fellowship with Christ comes from learning doctrine and is infinitely more important than our fellowship with people. Fellowship with Christ is synonymous with Occupation with Christ and is a part of God’s will, plan, and purpose for your life. Christian fellowship is no substitute for Occupation with Christ; hence, social intercourse with Christians is never a substitute for learning doctrine. We were not called into fellowship with people, but into fellowship with God’s Son. Yet, we know less about Jesus Christ after salvation, than we do about people.

16) Jesus Christ is invisible to us. Therefore, we must learn about Him. Since you were called into fellowship with God’s Son, this should be your number one priority in life. But this priority cannot be fulfilled without making Bible doctrine the number one priority from the start of your spiritual life. Occupation with Christ is the ultimate in fellowship with Christ and provides for Christ to be at home in your heart.

17) The experience related to Christ in spiritual adulthood, is not the same as Jesus Christ indwelling our bodies. The indwelling of Christ is a status quo, not an experience. Christ at home in your heart, right lobes, is an experience, related first to Spiritual Self-Esteem, then Spiritual Autonomy, and finally Spiritual Maturity.

18) Each stage of spiritual adulthood has a corresponding experience related to Christ.

  • The experience of Spiritual Self-Esteem is found in Gal 4:19, “Christ being formed in you.”
  • The experience of Spiritual Autonomy is found in Eph 3:17, “Christ at home in your heart / right lobes.”
  • The experience of Spiritual Maturity related to our Lord is found in Phil 1:20, “Christ shall even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.”

19) All believers, winners or losers, are indwelt by the person of Jesus Christ forever. Only those believers in spiritual adulthood, (winners), have the above experiences. In spiritual adulthood, such experience related to Christ is the means of handling many of the problems related to that category of life, i.e., the stages of suffering for blessing that accompany the stages of spiritual adulthood.

20) You cannot be Occupied with Christ and have “Christ at home in your heart” while making an issue of yourself. Occupation with Christ makes an issue out of Bible doctrine, right priorities, execution of the Plan of God for your life, the manufacture of invisible heroes, and the glorification of God in this dispensation of the Church.

2 Cor 3:18, “But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.”

The “unveiled face.”

This is first the Jewish believer, in contrast to the Jewish unbeliever, whose mind is veiled when he reads the Old Testament Scriptures. Just as the veiled face means ignorance of doctrine, so the unveiled face means cognition of doctrine.  The unveiled face is the result of “renewing the mind” via Bible Doctrine. It speaks to the unveiled face of Moses whose face shinned because he was in the presence of the Lord. As such it is the person who comes to know Jesus as Lord. It is also the believer filled with the Holy Spirit, having residence, function, and momentum inside of God’s Power System, (GPS); the enabling power of the Spirit and momentum from metabolized doctrine in the soul, i.e., the capability of understanding Mystery Doctrine.

The “unveiled face” means:

To understand our status quo as Royal Family, the Portfolio of Invisible Assets, the Plan of God, the lifestyle of wisdom, the unique life, and everything related to our equal privilege and equal opportunity. It includes passing all three categories of suffering for blessing: Providential Preventative Suffering, Momentum Testing, and Evidence testing.

Beholding as in a mirror.”

The mirror is the Word of God. As we persist in learning Bible doctrine inside GPS, we not only see a reflection of ourselves, but we also learn the Mystery Doctrines of the Church Age, and we see the Shekinah glory; Jesus Christ.

The glory of the Lord.”

As a reference to the Shekinah Glory, this also refers to the indwelling of Christ without saying so. However, the point here is not the indwelling of Jesus Christ, but seeing the glory of the Lord, from Bible doctrine, which results in Occupation with Christ and personal love for the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In this context, the believer, through his persistence in living inside of GPS and in learning Bible doctrine, comes to a knowledge of the indwelling of Christ as the Shekinah Glory.

  • The Jews profited from understanding that which they could not see. They could not see the Shekinah Glory dwelling between the cherubs in the Holy of Holies, but they knew He was there by the presence of the cloud over the tabernacle/temple. The analogy to this concept is found in Ex 40:34, “Then the cloud covered the tabernacle, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.”
  • In the Holy of Holies, Jesus Christ was present, but He was invisible to the people. This is analogous to the indwelling of Christ in the Church Age believer. He actually indwells your body, but He is invisible to you.
  • The visible manifestation that the Shekinah Glory was indwelling the Tabernacle was the cloud, a theophany, which covered the Tabernacle. The visible manifestation today that the Shekinah Glory indwells the believer is his attainment of spiritual adulthood through residence, function, and momentum inside of GPS.

Jesus Christ, as the Shekinah Glory, indwells every believer. His reflection becomes apparent through metabolized doctrine and resultant momentum in the believer. The indwelling of the Shekinah Glory makes it possible for the believer to be transformed into the same image, which is tantamount to spiritual adulthood. The indwelling of Jesus Christ as the Shekinah Glory today is just as invisible as He was in the O.T., but the cloud of His reflected glory is seen in the Church Age believer who advances through the stages of spiritual adulthood to spiritual maturity.

Are being transformed.”

The Progressive, Present Tense of METAMORPHOO presents a scene in progress of the believer being transformed through residence, function, and momentum inside GPS. We are never transformed through any personal self‑improvement. The Passive Voice means the believer is acted upon by metabolized doctrine, resulting in spiritual adulthood. The Indicative mood is for the reality of the positive believer’s spiritual growth, with the result of being transformed into the Christ like nature and having Christ be at home in his heart.

Into the same image.”

This is quite a problem, because Jesus Christ is God. There is no way we can be God‑like; that is impossible and blasphemous. But we can emulate our Lord Jesus Christ in His humanity. From the point of His virgin birth, Jesus Christ occupied the prototype GPS and rapidly advanced while in childhood. He reached spiritual maturity and subsequently faced Evidence Testing from Satan before His public ministry began, (wandering in the wilderness).

Not at any time did His humanity ever leave the prototype GPS. He had respect for and obedience of authority. He was teachable and continued to grow in grace and favor with God and man. We can do likewise, thus being in the image of Christ.

In GPS we can emulate Christ, i.e., emulate the image of His humanity. We can advance through GPS in exactly the same manner, for we have the exact same enabling power of the Spirit, and we have even greater Mystery doctrine! So, “the same image” means, the same as Jesus Christ, the indwelling Shekinah Glory, and the transformation “into the same image” refers to the three stages of spiritual adulthood, which manifest the invisible indwelling Christ.

From glory.”

This is a reference to John 1:14, where the Shekinah Glory, our Lord Jesus Christ, became flesh and “tabernacled” among us. Hence, this is a reference to the Shekinah Glory residing in the body of every believer and the human body of Christ residing in the prototype GPS. So “from glory” is Jesus Christ, the Shekinah Glory, becoming true humanity and residing in the prototype GPS during His entire incarnation. Now He indwells the Church Age believer.

To glory.”

The preposition EIS plus the Adverbial Accusative of Measure from DOXZA, indicates how far the action of the main verb extends. The action of METAMORPHOO, or “being transformed,” extends all the way to Church Age believers who, through residence, function, and momentum inside GPS, attain spiritual adulthood. So “from glory to glory” means, “from the Shekinah Glory becoming true humanity and residing in the prototype GPS, to the believer of the Church Age residing in the operational GPS attaining spiritual adulthood and glorifying the Lord.”

The last phrase is actually,As it were, by the Spirit of the Lord.”

This refers to two functions of the enabling power of the Holy Spirit inside GPS:

  • The ministry of spirituality and/or the filling of the Spirit. Generally the phrase, “filling of the Spirit,” from Eph 5:18, refers to your soul. For when the Holy Spirit who indwells your body has control of your soul, you are said to be filled with the Spirit. That is the status quo of being inside GPS and “walking by means of the Spirit,” Gal 5:16; 26.
  • The teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit; Grace Apparatus for Perception (GAP).


This is the person who accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior, and is consistently occupied with Him throughout their spiritual lives, achieving the three stages of Spiritual adulthood, having the unveiled face and living the transformed life. They have the Christ like nature in them as they walk by the Spirit consistently. As such, they glorify the Lord more and more each and every day, as Christ is formed in them, at home in their heart, and exalted in their body.

Now that we have understood what it means to have “Christ be at home in our hearts, (right lobe of the soul),” we move to the last phrase of vs. 17, “that you being rooted and grounded in love.”

This phrase is not only the end of vs. 17, speaking to the resultant aspects of “Christ being at home in our hearts,” but is the beginning of vs. 18, which we will not shortly, that is the basis for being able to comprehend the supergrace life; the Life Beyond GNOSIS, leading to the Life Beyond Dreams.

The words, “rooted” and “grounded,” are both in the Perfect Tense, Passive Voice, and are Participles in the Masc., Nom., Plural in the Greek text.

The Perfect tense is for completed past action with results that continue into the present. That is, that we have taken in the Word through GAP where Christ is at home in our hearts, and now we continue to walk in that AGAPE love.

The Passive voice tells us, like all other aspects of our spiritual life, we receive the action of being rooted and grounded in AGAPE love by receiving EPIGNOSIS doctrine into our souls through GAP.

The Nominative Participle along with the Perfect tense forms these action items into a position in which we stand; that we are rooted and grounded in AGAPE love.

Rooted” is the Greek verb RHIZOO, ῥιζόω that means, “Cause to take root; be or become firmly rooted, or established.” Figuratively it means, “fix firmly, establish, or put on a firm foundation.” This speaks to our position in Christ Jesus from the point of salvation.

It is used only here and in Col 2:7, “6As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7Having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.”

Grounded” is the Greek verb THEMELIOO, θεμελιόω that means, “To found, to lay the foundation of, make stable, or establish.” Its cognate noun THEMELIOS means, “foundation,” and verb TITHEMI means, “to place, set, or lay.” THEMELIOO is used 6 times in the N.T., Mat 7:25; Luke 6:48 in the parable of the wise man building on a rock, then in Heb 1:10 of God laying the foundation of the earth, which is a quote from Psa 102:25, and metaphorically of the believer being firmly grounded and settled, Eph 3:17; Col 1:23; 1 Peter 5:10. This speaks to our experience in Christ where He is “at home in our hearts.”

Col 1:23, “If indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister.”

1 Peter 5:10, “And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.”

Therefore, the word “rooted” has the idea of securely settled, and “grounded,” that of deeply founded. Both of these terms being in the Perfect, Passive, Participle shows both our position and experience in Christ, respectfully, by means of GAP. First is the necessity of the initial work of salvation being accomplished by God the Holy Spirit in His Common and Efficacious Grace ministry, and secondly, the necessity of the continued results by means of the strengthening by the Holy Spirit through GAP of our experience of the consequent “at-home-ness” of the Lord Jesus in our heart, along with our fellowship with Him. Therefore, our salvation gave us the position in Christ through the Efficacious Grace ministry of the H.S., and now our positive volition towards GAP gives us the experience of Christ in our hearts.

The thing that we are to be rooted and grounded in is “love,” AGAPE in the Dative of Sphere. Being in the sphere of love means two things:

  • It refers to the filling of God the Holy Spirit, Rom 5:5, “And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” The Holy Spirit spreads throughout the soul of the positive believer who is growing toward or has achieved spiritual adulthood through GAP, APAGE love.
  • AGAPE love means a Relaxed Mental Attitude, (RMA) as you think in terms of impersonal and unconditional love towards all things and everyone. It is not an overt type love; it is a love in the mental attitude of the soul where you are totally free from mental attitude sins. It is a RMA toward the human race.

So love here is that love which the Holy Spirit produces and with which He floods the heart of the yielded saint. This inner spiritual condition of heart enables the saint “to comprehend,” vs. 18, and “to know,” vs. 19.

The primary functional objective of the Holy Spirit’s permanent indwelling of the believer post salvation is the function of GAP, John 14:26; 16:12-15; 1 Cor 2:9-16; 1 John 2:27. The universal priesthood of the believer demands the permanent indwelling of the Holy Spirit for the achievement of the objective of the super-grace life, which comes through the believer’s positive volition, (faith rest), towards the intake and application of Bible Doctrine by means of GAP. It is also the objective of the indwelling Holy Spirit to suppress, to control, and to neutralize the function of the Old Sin Nature, Gal 5:17.

Gal 5:17, “For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.”

An analogy of the indwelling Holy Spirit is “oil,” as the anointing of the Holy Spirit. So oil becomes an illustration of the functions and ministries of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit that root and ground the believer in love. Chafer notes, “In type (cf. Lev. 2:4-5, 7) the fine flour is mingled with oil, suggesting that, with regard to His humanity, Christ was generated by the Holy Spirit; and, again (cf. Lev. 2:1, 6, 15), the oil poured over the meal foresees the Spirit coming upon Christ, as was true at His baptism. There is real significance in the requirement that the priest, when cleansing the leper (Lev. 14:10-32), should apply oil in the specific manner prescribed. The work of Christ in physical healing, as in spiritual transformation, was wrought by the power of the Holy Spirit. The cleansing of the leper is one of the most evident types of Christ since it foreviews salvation from sin.” (Lewis Sperry Chafer, Systematic Theology.)

Examples of Oil as a type of the Indwelling Spirit include:

1) Oil lubricates. Friction ruins machines. One of the ministries of the Holy Spirit is to remove friction in the mentality of your soul in two ways:

  • The friction of the conflicted mind that is tempted to sin but wants to walk in righteousness. The Holy Spirit utilizing the Word of God resident within your souls leads us to overcome the temptations that lead to sin, Gal 5:16, “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.”
  • The friction among believers, so that we function as a team, being members of the body of Christ, as well as, a Royal Family, Gal 5:25-26, “If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. 26Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.”

2) Oil heals. This was true in the ancient world where there was an extensive use of oil in healing. The ministry of God the Holy Spirit heals the sorrows, the sufferings, the pressures that come our way.

Acts 10:38, “You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed by the devil; for God was with Him.”

3) Oil was used as a system for lighting, just as the Holy Spirit illuminates the Word under the function of GAP. The Israelites were directed to provide oil for the lights in the Tabernacle, cf. Ex 25:6, the Golden candle stick. For the light to shine, there had to be three things; oil, (the Holy Spirit); a wick, (the believer); and a flame, (the Word of God). Two vital truths are implied in this particular typology:

  • God the Holy Spirit is the essential oil for light and the believer is to walk in the light which the Holy Spirit sheds upon his mind and heart.
  • By doing so, believers are themselves “as lights in the world,” Phil 2:15. The light which the believer may display is a manifestation of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in his life.

John 14:26, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” Cf. 16:12.

1 John 2:27, “And as for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.” This passage does not mean we do not need our right Pastor-Teacher. It means that the Holy Spirit is our true teacher via GAP.

4) Oil also propels. We learn this from diesel engines both on land and on sea. This illustrates walking in the Spirit, moving toward our tactical objective, cf. Phil 3:12-14.

5) Oil invigorates. For this reason athletes in the ancient world were anointed with oil before they entered their contest. The ministry of God the Holy Spirit invigorates the life of the believer, cf. 1 Cor 9:24-27.

6) Oil warms. Oil was used for heating fuel. The ministry of God the Holy Spirit warms the categories of love through His indwelling ministry.

Rev 3:15, “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I would that you were cold or hot.”

Prov 15:4, “A soothing tongue is a tree of life, But perversion in it crushes the spirit.”

7) Oil adorns. Oil has been used since time immemorial for grooming. The Holy Spirit produces the grooming of the soul through His indwelling, Eph 2:20-22; Titus 2:10.

Therefore, the function of the permanent indwelling of the Holy Spirit is to provide for the believer to be firmly rooted and grounded in AGAPE Love by means of the intake and application of Bible Doctrine during this intensified stage of the Angelic Conflict, called the Church Age. When you are rooted and grounded in AGAPE love by means of the Word of God resident within your soul, you will be an overcomer / winner / super-grace believer.

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If you would like more information on this subject, you may watch/listen to lesson #’s:

16-053 – 16-055

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If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I am here to tell you that Jesus loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His life for you. God the Father also loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His only Son for you by sending Him to the Cross. At the Cross Jesus died in your place. Taking upon Himself all of your sins and all of my sins. He was judged for our sins and paid the price for our sins. Therefore, our sins will never be held against us. Right where you are, you now have the opportunity to make the greatest decision in your life.

To accept the free gift of salvation and eternal life by truly believing that Jesus Christ died for your sins and was raised on the third day as the proof of the promise of eternal life. So right now you can pause and reflect on what Christ has done for you and say to the Father:

“Yes Father, I believe that Your Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross for the forgiveness of my sins.”

If you have done that, I welcome you to the eternal Family of God!


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