40 Days of study

A human being lives, but he is given life.

Christ in you

When Believers receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, they are actually receiving Christ more fully in their life. We read in (John
14:16,17) “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor Knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you”.

John tells us that when Jesus comes, His true followers “shall be like Him.” (1 John 3:24) “Those who obey his commands live 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. “

I hesitated using this verse because to many times I have heard people say; that we must be perfect before Christ will return.  This is the same trap that Israel fell in too, they could not see that Jesus was the Messiah because their human requirements filled their hearts, when they should have just opened their hearts to God and prayed for the infilling of the Holy Spirit to show then the truth.

Remember this indwelling is always mutual (John 15:4, 5). He who wishes to dwell with God may be sure that God has ever wanted to dwell with him. But man must show he is in harmony with the Lord by willingly keeping His commandments.

We must remember that we are not perfect and that we have been tainted by sin from birth. This does not mean that we can stop trying, but we must not fall in to the trap of thinking that Christ will not love us until we are prefect, His love comes to us freely, and all we need to do is believe, pray and do our best to live the life Christ wants us to live. No one is ever too lost or too tainted for his love.

Supporting Scripture,
(Gal. 2:20), (Gal 4:19), (2 Cor. 3:18), (Col. 1:27), (John 14:18), (1 Cor2:16), (Gal. 5:22,23)

Let me close with (Col. 1:27) “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”.

Personal Reflection and Discussion

  1. How much like Jesus are we to become?
  2. When believers receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, who else do they receive?
  3. What will the Christian be like when Christ dwells in him/her though the Holy Spirit?

Prayer Activities

  1. Call your Partner and discuss this devotional.
  2. Pray with then and ask for the following;
    • For God to continue to fill you and the people you are praying for with the Holy Spirit.
    • For Christ to live in you fully, and manifest His character and works in you.
    • For the individuals on your pray list.
    • For God to continue to guide you with the Holy Spirit
  3. For today use the following Bible Verse in your prayer (2 Cor. 6:16)

About bobh6

I am Seventh-day Adventist pastor in the Texas Panhandle

5 comments on “Christ in you

  1. Rosi
    July 4, 2011

    That is one of the evil ones favorite things to do is make us feel we are not worthy and that Jesus only loves us when we are perfect. This is one of those things that I still have trouble with today, though the Spirit is working on me with this. I have come to realize that while on this earth, I am a sinful creature and will never be perfect. Only God’s grace can see me through this. I also know the Holy Spirit is ever willing to help me when I call on him. Praise God!!!

    • bobh6
      July 4, 2011

      I too forget this simple truth, I will be letting things upset me and then just like that I pray and ask the Holy Spirit to take it and it is like a heavy bag as just been taken off my back

  2. Amalia
    July 4, 2011

    It’s a beautiful thought that even now we are being transformed into the likeness of God…and to have his same mind guiding us, according to 1 Cor. 2:16. What more could God do to help!? How much more could He do to equip us to live a godly life and be His witness at the same time!?

    I could better understand the grieving of the Spirit, when with all that God does for us, we still choose not to respond accordinly. It really is a win,win, win situations God offers us. God wins us, we win a good life, and others win a free oportunity.

  3. bobh6
    July 4, 2011

    I find it very sad when I see someone that has seen what the Holy Spirit can do and they still walk away. I believe that the devil rejoices everytime this happens.

  4. Joseph Kapkiyai
    July 5, 2011

    No dout we are in the last moments of earth history, the devil knows his time is limited, his only purpose is to destruct you and me from the right path, he ( devil) brings your past into remembrance trying to attack you with guilt, but lets be strong te moment we accepted Christ all were washed away. !st lette of John aasks us not to sin but even if we do, we have an advocate Jesus who interceeds for us day and night before His father. Be strong

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