John 14:4:8 "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear
After we have received Jesus and He us, He introduces us to a new lifestyle where we live our lives 'in Him', and 'He is us.' This surprising and sublime teaching reveals the mystery of how God would fulfil His promises to every individual in humanity who receives Him. Paul called it the 'mystery hid from the ages'. It was 'Christ in you, the hope of glory.'
How does Christ come to dwell within us? If we want Him to come, He will come. We need to want Him for Himself, rather than what He can do for us. If our heart is for Him, we will discover Him. For Christ to live within us is not a difficult thing. It is so easy, the simplest of us is able to have Christ within. We just ask Him to come in. In Revelation 3:20 Jesus asks us to open our door to Him, so He can enter. Christ in us means He transforms us, from the inside out. His call to open up to Him was to a church, the Laodicean Church, which once did have Him within, but along the way, somehow He was ejected from the church and now outside instead of inside. Just because we have asked Christ into our lives does not mean He is there forever, hence the word 'abide'. Our first calling is to invite Christ into our lives, but then we are called to 'abide in Him and Him in us'. This means we estalish habit sin our lives that keep us in Christ. It is impossible to abide in Christ without spending time in prayer and in His word every day. Abiding in Christ also means I am in fellowship with those believers He has planted me amongst. I am in the House of God, the church. Abiding in Christ is loving being with Him and all He's about, prayer, the Word, church and ministry.
1 John 4:15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.
Our conversation will always locate us. When our conversation is Christ this centres our lives around Him. When we attribute to Him all the good things in our lives, worship Him, speak of Him, study Him, preach Him, pray through Him, and acknowledge Him, announcing His name, this entwines us in Him and He is us. All our ministry is to glorify and proclaim Jesus Christ the Son of God. This is how we abide in Him and He in us.
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The term 'IN HIM' is found in various ways, over 150 times in the New Testament. Such a small phrase can be easily overlooked,
Paul unveils the full ramification of this spiritual fusion in his writings. He declares all of the promises to us from God that are discovered in Christ & only within Christ. This covers everything from salvation to living the abundant life.
I know these meditations on this truth will empower you to live 'In Him' every day.
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