“In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in Me, and I in you.” (John 14:20)
The fourth lesson on “Our Status as a Christian” explores the profound truth that we as believers belong to God and that He dwells within us. But how is it that we belong to Him? Well, the answer is quite clear from 1 Corinthians 6:19-20:
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price. So then glorify God in your body.”
What Paul is saying here is that we have been purchased by Christ through His death on the cross. His sacrifice atoned for every sin that we have ever committed and every sin we have yet to commit. Not only do we receive the forgiveness of our sins, but we receive the Lord Himself. He enters into us as the Holy Spirit, becoming one with our spirit, and making us His dwelling place and His beloved possession. This wonderful salvation, granted to us through Christ’s death and resurrection, can never be relinquished once we choose to believe into Him.
I find it so reassuring that we not only belong to God in this way but that He actually lives in us. Romans 8:9-11 ties the two together seamlessly, saying that we belong to Christ because He lives in us:
“But you are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Yet if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not of Him. But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of the One who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who indwells you.”
How often do we forget that the Triune God dwells within us? I know for me, it’s easy to forget this fact and allow the negativity of the world to weigh me down. And when difficulties arise, I tend to go into battle alone. But I need to remember that Jesus Christ is within me! He has given us of His Spirit for a reason. I need to take Him as my strength and I need to make Him my enjoyment!
Whenever I am reminded of this, I can’t help but think about the story of Jeremiah when God appointed him to be a prophet to the nations. The Lord made a promise to him, saying, “Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you.” God was referring to the situations Jeremiah would encounter later on, and sure enough, God made Jeremiah victorious in what seemed impossible to overcome. It’s amazing to think that the God who promised to be with Jeremiah thousands of years ago is the very same God living in us today. He’s there to be our Guide, our Rescuer, and our Redeemer. God never intended for us to navigate through life on our own. Praise the Lord for His indwelling us!