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110 Christ Dwelling In Us

When Christ moves in at our conversion we put to death our old self. By doing away with the sinful person Jesus comes in, moves into your person and takes up residence by the life of faith.

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110 Christ Dwelling In Us

  1. 1. “Christ in us,” is our topic this morning. We find Jesus revealed He would dwell in us when He told of the coming of the Holy Spirit. About Jesus of Nazareth,
  2. 2. Acts 10:37 NIV You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached— 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.
  3. 3. John 14:15 NIV "If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.
  4. 4. “On that day…” the day the Father sends the Helper, Counselor, the Spirit of Truth. This day is the day of Pentecost. Some say the day spoken of was not only the physical day of Pentecost but the era following the giving of the Spirit on Pentecost which we live in today.
  5. 5. One of the reasons it is important for Christ to dwell in us is so the world could know the Father loves the Son and hence loves those who believe in the Son. John 17:20 NIV "My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.
  6. 6. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Furthermore, Christ dwelling in us shows we belong to Him.
  7. 7. Romans 8:9 NIV You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness.
  8. 8. The world still lies in wickedness; and the friends of Jesus, bound by the cords of eternal love, should advance together against the common enemy, and spread the triumphs of the gospel around the globe. All that is needful now, under the blessing of God, to convince the world that God sent the Lord Jesus, is that very union among all Christians for which he prayed;
  9. 9. and when that union of feeling, and purpose, and action shall take place, the task of sending the gospel to all nations will be soon accomplished, and the morning of the millennial glory will dawn upon the world.
  10. 10. When Christ moves in at our conversion we put to death our old self. By doing away with the sinful person Jesus comes in, moves into your person and takes up residence by the life of faith. Galatians 2:20 NIV I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
  11. 11. If we do not set up the life of faith Jesus cannot live in us. It is through faith Christ dwells in our hearts. Ephesians 3:17 NIV so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,
  12. 12. 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, It is through faith Christ is able to dwell in your heart. And because you are rooted and established in love you will be able to grasp the full spectrum of His love and thus be filled to the fullest measure of God.
  13. 13. How blessed we are God permitted us to know the wonderful mystery of Christ living in us. Christ in us is our hope of glory. Colossians 1:27 NIV 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.
  14. 14. But in order to have this hope of glory, Christ living in us, there is a stipulation. He is our Lord which means His commandments must be obeyed. 1 John 3:23 NIV And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24 The one who keeps God's commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.
  15. 15. By the Spirit we can know we are in Him and He is in us because we are obeying His command. And what is that command? That we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another. Is that too hard?
  16. 16. It seems to be too hard for the saints at Laodicea. You remember the Christians at Laodicea are the ones that were neither hot nor cold, just lukewarm. It seems when we become lukewarm followers of Christ the residence is no longer hospitable so He moves out. He doesn’t want to be stuck on the outside and he constantly knocks on the door wanting to move back in to where he once lived happily.
  17. 17. Revelation 3:20 NIV Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
  18. 18. Have any of us come to that place that is a relaxed stage where we are neither energetic nor depressed. If we are at that ambiguous place in our life behold, The Savior is trying to get back into where you once let Him live. Let Him in! He is your hope of glory.