The apostle Paul had two clear revelations of Jesus Christ. While on the way to Damascus Jesus was revealed to him.
This revelation revealed the enmity of his heart and converted him to God. Then he writes to the Galatians that “It pleased God to reveal His Son in me” (Gal.1:16).
This second revelation proved to be his sanctification and fitness for his service for Christ, for he stated, “That I might preach Him among the heathen.”
How barren and fruitless our testimony for God is until Christ in all His power and sufficiency is revealed, not only in Heaven, but in us, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
If we are like Christ Then, we may victoriously say,“I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.
If Christ is in us we have become new Creature according to the Word of God. When the “Living One” enters, then the reign of death ends, Jesus stated in (Jh.10:10) “ The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
Regeneration is the incoming of the Spirit of God into our soul. which were born not of blood, it is not hereditary; nor of the will of the flesh, it is not by carnal energy, nor of the will of man, it is not by intellectual power, but of God. “And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.” Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.” (Ac.8:18,21).
Until Christ is accepted and received in to our life, there can only be death and abasement, but when Christ enters into the heart and life of man how completely His Word is fulfilled, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (II.Cor.5:17).
Our body is the temple of God. Yes God dwells within us ? As God came down and dwelt in the temple of Solomon, so God has come to dwell in the body of each believer, to show forth the glory of His grace and love, (1.Cor. 6:19,20) tells us, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
The indwelling of the Spirit implies the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus Christ, it implies Cleansed, possessed. (Col.1:14) tell us,” In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins
We as God’s people must be governed by the will of God, “Not My will, but Thine be done,” was a flash of Heaven’s glory from Jesus as the temple of God.
The Bible tells us a house cannot stand that has two hostile wills within, “And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:” (Mt.12:25).
If I acknowledge “Christ in me,” then all my ways and purposes will be heartily submitted to Jesus.
The earth is His footstool, but He sitteth not on a footstool, but on a throne, the centre of power and authority. Jesus stated in (Mt.28:18) And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.”
The sovereignty of Christ within is the divine remedy for our unruly passions, ungovernable tempers, fruitless testimony. It was the apostle Paul declared these words, “O wretched man that I am!” (Rom.7:24).
In this life our Christian existence is exposed to many risks, simply because it is life in the flesh, that is, in a body with passions and appetites inclined to evil, and in a world with many seductions that appeal to the senses, “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” (I.Jh.2:16).
The Lord’s pray states in (Mt.6:10) “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven.”
We as God’s people are in possession of all the riches of our Lord. The continual needs of the spiritual life are very great, but all fullness dwells in Him, and if He dwells in us, then we may be filled with all the fullness of God, (Col.2: 9,10) tells us this “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:”
Surely the “unsearchable riches of Christ” are sufficient to meet the daily and hourly demands of our new and God given natures. “Christ in me.”
What a reservoir to draw from “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” (Jh.14:14).
Christ in me, to occupy every place in our being, as the waters cover the deep. Christ in me, to impel and constrain.“
God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that ye always may have all sufficiency in all things according to (II. Cor. 9: 8).
Let me say, faith is the principle which maintains this life in its constant exercise. We “live by faith;” we “walk by faith;” we “stand by faith;” we “overcome by faith;” we are “sanctified by faith;:” we are “kept by faith” through the power of God unto our final salvation and redemption.
Sinful Pleasures will have no attraction for us if Jesus Christ is in us, “If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” according to (Jh.2:15)
What fellowship can light have with darkness ? If Christ fully satisfies the desires of the heart there will be no cravings for things contrary to His will.
When Christians seek after doubtful things, it is an evidence that Christ is not fully trusted. Let us note (II.Tim.4:10) For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, “
Those whose lives are hid with Christ Jesus will set their affections on all things above, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” (Col.3:1,3).(6.)
It is Christ we must place at the centre of our life; from which centre he rules the whole life, fills us with his own light, his own strength, his own peace, his own joy, so that it is truly Christ living in us.
We must be Willing to Sacrifice for Other people. If Christ is in me, then the Christ life will be manifested. “He came not to be ministered unto, but to minister” (Mt. 20: 28).
Jesus glorified God by a life of self-sacrifice, for the good of man. He did not seek popularity by striving and crying in the street (Mt.12: 19).
If Christ is in us there will be no striving for the chief seats of honour, no courting the praise of man.
Since Christ hath loved us, and given himself for us, we must love the perishing and give ourselves to God for their salvation .
The Christian life derives its power from Christ, it is swayed by the will of Christ, it seeks the ends of Christ, it breathes the spirit of Christ, it is lived in personal communion with Christ.
Selfish aims and self-devised resources are gone, and in their place the grace of Christ is the inspiration, and the mind and will of Christ are the controlling influences of the new life, “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. and these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:” (Deut.6:5,6,).
In Christ Jesus we become more than Conquerors. (Isa.40:29) tells us, “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.”
The people of God will come into contact with principalities and powers, with rulers of the darkness, and with wicked spirits, in a way that others cannot understand; but “greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world” according to (I.Jh. 4:4).
Let us never forget while fighting against unbelief, unrighteousness, and all the powers of darkness, that the battle is the Lord’s, not ours. God, who dwelleth in us, He doeth the works. “God working in us, both to will and to do of His good pleasure,” (Phil.2:13).
O, How the apostle Paul must have come to understand the power of the indwelling Saviour when he declared, “1 can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Phil.4:13).
By faith we must trust the Lord’s almighty power, so that great things will be done in His Name.
Doubting or ignoring “Christ in us” is the source of weakness, fruitlessness, and discouragement in the service of God.
Believe with all your heart that the Spirit of God dwells in you; judge always in His presence, power, and fullness, and soon you will sing, “Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ ! ” (I.Cor.15:57)