Closer than You think

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Living within you is the Christ who floods you with the expectation of glory! This mystery of Christ, embedded within us, becomes a heavenly treasure chest of hope filled with the riches of glory for his people, and God wants everyone to know it! Colossians 1:27 (TPT)

Preachers and Sunday school teachers sometimes speak of inviting Jesus into our hearts with a picture of a red heart with a door in the middle. Of course, this is only figurative. Jesus does not live in little room in the organ that pumps blood through our body. But what does the Scripture mean when it speaks of Christ dwelling in us? Colossians 1:27 describes this truth as having been hidden for ages but has now been revealed to the Lord’s people, so that they can embrace the truth and live it as a present reality.

Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:16–17, in which he reveals how this “indwelling” takes place, also reflects this emphasis. Christ’s presence within us happens by faith and through the Holy Spirit. We enter into a relationship with Christ by faith. Once we have trusted in Jesus, we are strengthened by the Holy Spirit so that we can both enjoy a relationship with Christ and live for Him. Thereby having the fullest of God permeate every fiber of our being. Living gloriously and victoriously through the power that resides within us.

Don’t forget, this experience takes place in “the inner being,” the non material part of us that makes decisions and relates to others, the seat of our affections, the locus of volition, and the source of our sense of self. Only those who have trusted in Christ’s saving work for them can claim to be indwelt in this way. The indwelling of Christ is also described as “the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27). This glory is not just in the days to come but even now, the presence of the Holy Spirit provides us with a foretaste of glory in every department of our lives by providing assurance that we belong to Christ and empowering us for obedience to the God prescribed life. Jesus lives in us and His presence in us is closer even than skin.

I Declare: Today, I declare that the greater one is in me, I can do all things through His power that is at work in me. Every area of my life is permeated with the ever presence of God.

Ignite Thought: Salt, when dissolved in water, may disappear, but it does not cease to exist. We can be sure of its presence by tasting the water. Likewise, the indwelling Christ, though unseen, will be made evident to others from the love which he imparts to us.

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