Rev. Ron VanOverloop (Grace Church, Michigan)
“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith”
Sung Psalm 1
Readings Ephesians 1:16-19 and 3:14-20 (see also his prayers in Philippians and Colossians)
Generally we pray for folk who are ill or going through trials of some kind and this is right, but Paul after listing all the blessings these saints have, and thanking God for them, focusses his prayer on spiritual blessings namely the knowledge of God, his power and love, the hope of his calling and his inheritance. To know him is to love him and I believe he prays that the mutual indwelling of the covenant Christ in his people is more and more their experience (Gal.2:20, II Cor. 6:16, Col.1:27, John 14:20).
We discussed how a person knows they are predestined/elect and the Canons of Dort are wonderfully clear mentioning “infallible proofs”: (Head 1 Article 12). Notice that our election, our indwelling sinfulness (Head 5 Article 2) and our perseverance (Head 5 Article 12) are all reasons for humility and when we are humble Christ dwells in us!
The tabernacle (also temple)-Old Testament picture of God dwelling with his people. We are now the temple of God!