Having Christ in Our Hearts and Minds 


… that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height – to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.  (Ephesians 3:17-19)

St Paul several times speaks about God’s efforts for our salvation – God’s work to ensure that we, His creatures, will be united to Him. He speaks of Christ dwelling in our hearts and of us being filled with God’s fulness. Knowing God means being united to God. It is not merely knowing about God for it fully implies our union with Him – our at-oneness with God.


St Cyril of Alexandria also teaches St Paul’s idea that Christ will be formed in us which is when we know God. And, Cyril affirms an idea mentioned in other posts on my blog that God takes into account each person’s differing gifts, talents and capabilities, revealing Himself to each and being united to each in proportion to the person’s understanding. (See for example my post, Those to Whom It is Given.)

In a way knowledge concerning him [God] exists in a measure proportionate to the understanding that people have. . . . Paul also labored with certain people ‘until Christ be formed in them,’ which is to say, until his great and remarkable divine characteristics were gradually molded into their minds.  (GLAPHYRA ON THE PENTATEUCH Vol 1, p 155)


We are to become Christlike and Godlike for we humans are created in God’s image and likeness. And we become Christlike in accordance with how God blesses us while taking into account our unique personalities and circumstances.  We will not each become Christ-like in the exact same way but will manifest Christ uniquely in our own lives, circumstances and personalities.