Christ in You 3

Colossians 1:26-27: Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

The entrance of Christ into one*s heart is the most important event in his life. In fact, it is the most important event in his eternity. When I gave my heart to the Lord in 1985 I knew precious little about what He would do with it. I only knew He would change it. I did not really know what hit me. Things have happened to me for which I have no natural explanation. Since that moment, I have had a different attitude, different desires, different purposes, different interests, different behavior, different thoughts, different everything. I had no idea of the magnitude of what God had done to me and for me or why. One of my chief reasons for studying the Bible is to find out as much as I can about what the Lord has done to and for me. I also love seeing and hearing about the changes God has wrought in other Christians.

Galatians 2:20: I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

We have Christ in us in the person of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 8:9: But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

1 John 4:12: No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

One cannot have Christ in his heart without also having God the Father and the Holy Spirit. If we have one, we have them all.

Ephesians 3:17-19: That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge, and that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.

The phrase comprehend with all the saints teaches that there are things we can comprehend when we have Jesus in our hearts that we cannot otherwise.

2 Peter 1:4: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

When Christ is in our hearts, God*s Divine nature is in us. Are we letting it control us or are we letting our flesh control us?

Ephesians 1:6: To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

Having Christ in our hearts makes us acceptable to God. Without Him we were unacceptable to Him.

2 Corinthians 4:16: For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

Our bodies begin to die the moment we are born. The spiritual heart is the part of us that will live forever. If Christ is in there, that heart is renewed day by day and will be forever, even after our body dies.

Daniel W. Whittle*s song: Christ Liveth in Me:

Once far from God and dead in sin, no light my heart could see.
But in God*s Word the light I found -- now Christ liveth in me.
As rays of light from yonder sun, the flowers of earth set free,
So life and light and love came forth from Christ living in me.
As lives the flower within the seed, as in the cone the tree,
So praise the God of truth and grace, His Spirit lives in me.
With longing all my heart is filled, that like him I may be.
O what a salvation this -- that Christ liveth in me.

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