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What does it mean that Christ is in us?

Jesus Christ lives within those who trust Him for salvation, according to many passages of Scripture (2 Corinthians 13:5). While this is an incredible truth, it is difficult to comprehend. Not only is Jesus Christ alive today, but He also lives and dwells within every child of God through God's Holy Spirit, who is called the "Spirit of Christ" in Romans 8:9. Our hope of eternal glory is the life of Christ in us. The indwelling of Christ was described as a great mystery by the apostle Paul: "To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Colossians 1:27).

Christ takes up residence in the hearts of those who accept Him as Lord and Savior, according to Paul. "I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit," Paul prayed for the believers in Ephesus, longing for their faith to deepen so that Christ could be at home in their hearts. As you trust in Christ, he will make his home in your hearts. Your roots will grow deep into God's love, sustaining you" (Ephesians 3:16–17, NLT).

When someone believes in Jesus, they become one with Him, first in His death, then in the newness of His resurrection life. "I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me," the apostle Paul said. I now live in the body because of my faith in Jesus Christ, who loved me and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:20). "For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism," Paul explained to the church in Rome. And, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father's glorious power, we can now live new lives as well. We will be raised to life as he was because we were united with him in his death" (Romans 6:4–5, NLT).

"Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?" Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 6:19. "You do not belong to yourself." He becomes our master after we accept Jesus as our Lord. Author Robert Munger describes the Christian life as a house in his booklet My Heart Christ's Home (InterVarsity Press, 1954). When Jesus comes in, He walks from one room to the next. Christ sorts through the garbage in our minds' libraries, removing the worthless garbage. He deals with our unhealthy appetites and sinful desires in the kitchen. He feeds our hungry souls with the bread of life and pours living water for us to drink and never thirst again at the dining room table. Jesus searches through dark corridors and closets for all the places where sin hides. He works His way through every nook and cranny until every space is filled with His love, mercy, forgiveness, and grace. This allegory depicts what it means to have Christ in us in a beautiful way.


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