by Brian Fletcher

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Rooted and Established in His Love (1 of 9)
Series: Ephesians
Brian Fletcher
Ephesians 3:14-21

For the sake of His Church…
1. God wants us to be rooted and established in His Love
2. God wants us to grasp (together with all the saints) His Love
3. God wants us to glorify His Love

Paul uses two prayers and a doxology to communicate this to the Ephesians but really also to us as well.

1. God wants us to be rooted and established in His Love
PRAYER #1: Out of His glorious riches (which Paul spent the first 2 chapters discussing) we are to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in our inner being.
So that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith and that we will be rooted and established in His Love.

What will root and establish us? The Holy Spirit using His glorious riches and His strengthening power.

The riches are from chapter 1-2; chosen by God, made holy and blameless, predestined, adopted as God's children, we've been redeemed, forgiven, God has made his will known to us, we were chosen and included in Christ, we were given the Holy Spirit as a deposit, we have been made alive with Christ, we have been saved by grace, we are God's workmanship, we have been brought near to God through the blood of Christ, we have been given access to the Father, we are members of God's household, we are a holy temple where God dwells.

When Paul talks about us being rooted and established he has two things in mind.
Rooted is a way to say that the believer needs to be firmly planted in the love of God. A tree with no roots will not get nourished and it will not bear fruit. But a tree with deep roots, goes deep into the earth to soak in the nutrients of the soil so it can grow and bear fruit.
Established is a way to say the believer is like a building established on the love of God as a foundation. A foundation of a building keeps it strong and able to withstand weather, it keeps the building in place. God's love is the foundation that we ha ...

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