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Christ In Me, So What?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

One of my favorite truths from the word of God is the fact that Christ dwells in believers. It is somewhat of a mystery about how this happens. But according to the Bible, Christ, by the Holy Spirit, actually lives and has His being in us who are believers in Christ. Many of us who follow Christ are thrilled with that truth. But what difference does it make or what difference should it make?

Last Sunday I had the joy of hearing Dr. Scott Pace teach through John 17. Dr. Pace did a masterful job with his exposition of this famous passage concerning an amazing prayer of Jesus. As Scott read through the passage my eyes locked in on verse 23. Read the following words with care. "I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me."

It is very clear in this passage that Jesus resides in believers. But notice why He does so. He dwells in us "that they may be perfected in unity." The word "perfected" describes something that has been completed or accomplished. It is a word that indicates one is growing spiritually. So one of the reasons He resides in us is so we might grow spiritually. I believe every believer grows spiritually. And I believe this happens only because Christ dwells in us. This is a very important point. You should ask yourself if you are a growing believer? If you are not a growing in Christ you truly should ask yourself if you are a believer at all.

There is another truth we do not want to miss at this point. Not only do we grow because Christ dwells in us but according to the scripture there is a particular area in which we grow. Look at these words, "that they may be perfected in unity." Because Christ lives in us and we are growing spiritually we become unified. Or operate as one.

The truth is spiritual growth causes the church to operate in unity or to operate as one body. A church that is not operating as one is a church that is spiritually immature.

Now we have to ask another question. Why is it important that we operate as one? Jesus answers this question as well. "so that the world may know that You sent Me and loved them". Friends we are responsible to let the world know that God sent Jesus. The world knows God sent Jesus when they see a mature church. Because the mature church operates as one. The world knows of the love of God when they see a mature church.

Christ does not dwell in us for our sake. He dwells in us for the sake of the world that does not know Him. Everything about our life is to point to Jesus. That happens because Jesus dwells in His children.

Here is a big "So What"? So what difference does it make that Christ dwells in us. It makes all the difference in eternity. Christ dwells in us so that the church can be unified. The church is unified so they  world will know God sent Jesus. Knowing God sent Jesus allows people to see that God loves them. Christ in me is an amazing thing.

   
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