Expressions of faith: God in me

Bishop Monterey D. Lee, Sr

“Do you not realize about yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you?” 2 Corinthians 13:5.

In this verse, the apostle Paul asks the Corinthian believers a question: “Do you not realize about yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you?” We might find this phrase “Jesus Christ is in you” surprising. Or perhaps we just read over it without thinking too much about its significance. But what does this phrase mean? What is its importance for our Christian lives today?

In saying “Jesus Christ is in you,” Paul wasn’t speaking metaphorically. He truly meant that Jesus Christ is literally dwelling within the believers. Many other verses in the word of God confirm the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ actually dwells in the lives of the believers.

We too, like the Corinthians, need to realize this fact about ourselves. Christ is not outside of us. He dwells in us, living in and with us all the time—our helper in time of need.

How can Christ live in us?

Christ is the holy God incarnated as a man, and we are fallen sinners. So how can Christ live in us? To accomplish His desire to dwell within mankind, God took some tremendous steps. First, the Spirit of God Himself became a man named Jesus Christ (the God Man). This man, Jesus, lived a genuine human life on this earth. He was without sin in His living, His actions, and His speaking. The man Jesus fully expressed to humanity that He was God.

After living and experiencing everything of human life for 33-and-a-half years, Jesus died on the cross for our sins.

Through His redemptive death, we can be forgiven of our sins and brought back to God. But this is not all. After three days He arose in victory from the dead, and in resurrection He became the life-giving Spirit. As the Spirit, He is available to everyone and will enter anyone who believes on Him. Therefore, when we pray to receive the Lord Jesus, God actually comes to live within us.

Let’s get an understanding of the Bible. Although many verses reveal the wonderful truth that Christ is in His believers, today I will highlight just eight verses for you.

1) “But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is life because of the righteousness of God,” Romans 8:10.

Human beings were created by God with a body on the outside and a soul and spirit on the inside. Our spirit is our deepest part, created to contact and receive the Spirit of God. When we receive Jesus as our Savior, the Spirit of God cleanses us of our sins. He came into our spirit as life. Thus, because Christ is in us, our “spirit is the life of God because of righteousness.”

What is righteousness? Righteousness is a gift we receive, not a reward we achieve. It’s a quality or state of being justifiable or correct. This gift is God’s abundant provision for the believer. As the believer, we are legally acquitted (declared not guilty) for we have right standings with God and His word. As we believe, we receive, and are declared right with God.

2) “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts The One who shined in our hearts to give us the light of knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellency of the power may be of God and not out of us,” 2 Corinthians 4:6-7.

The apostle Paul describes the believers as earthen vessels that contain “this treasure.” What is this treasure? It is Jesus Christ (the Hope of Glory) in whose face we see the glory of God. Christ lives in us as earthen vessels as a precious treasure. This is why people can’t come to you any kind of way.

This precious treasure is revealing to us the glory of God from within. This is why you always hear His voice speaking to you and showing you the way. For it is the God in you.

You are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him.

3) “But when it pleased God…to reveal His Son in me,” Galatians 1:15-16.

We might think this verse should read, “It pleased God…to reveal His Son to me.” But in the original language of the New Testament, Greek, the verse reads “to reveal His Son in me.” God’s plan is to reveal His Son in us, from within, rather than to us, from without. Or to put it another way, God reveals Christ to us from within us. To those who have Christ in us, God is pleased to reveal in us more of the wonderful Person of Christ.