FROM THE PASTOR’S STUDY

Rom. 8: 8-11

Is Christ living in you?

What a great day it must have been when the cloud of the Lord rested upon the Tabernacle in the Old Testament “Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle.” (Ex.30:34) This was a sign of the interest of Jehovah in his people and his intention to dwell with them. When the dedication of the temple of Solomon was completed, and the glory of the Lord filled the house, note what the people did, They bowed themselves with their faces to the ground… and worshiped and praised the Lord, saying, he is good, for his mercy enduerth for ever.” (II Chr. 7;3) This was a sign that God would be very near them through out their life’s.

It was great when the angelic messengers appeared to the patriarchs and prophets, brightening their lives for a time. “Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips.” (Isa.6:5) What an honour it is for the Son of God to fulfill his promise, by not only visiting us, but taking up his abode in our heart.”Christ in you the hope of glory” (Col.1:27) Regardless who you are, Christ looks upon you with great interest.

Let us look at the closeness of our union with our Lord. Jesus used the figure of a vine to set it forth,”I an the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bring forth much fruit: for with out me ye can do nothing.” (John 15:5) Jesus used the same way of speaking as with reference to the union between the father and himself, “At that day ye shall know that I am in the Father, and ye in me, and I in you.” (St. John 14:20) The apostle Paul, alluding to his conversion, said, “It please God to reveal his Son in me.” (Gal.1:15,16) Our heart is pictured in scripture as a edifice at which the Saviour knocks for admission. (Rev.3:20

Jesus abides in us when his words remain in our memory and acted upon in our life, becoming a source of inspiration for high and holy thoughts and deeds. Jesus has bestows upon us the gift of his Spirit, to be his Representative, the living present Comforter, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my mane, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (John14:26)

Let us look at some of the aspect of the effects of the indwelling of Christ. We must kept in mind that Christ’s dwelling in our bodies is not intended to nullify all the natural results upon the body of the fall of man. The body dies because of sin, yet the reception of Christ by faith, and the consequent obedience to his teachings, does indeed tend to produces self-control, diligence and contentment, as well as to prolong our life’s existence. Christ drove out from the temple the thieves and law-breaker who polluted the sanctuary, so he cannot enter the temple of our soul with out vindicating it against profanation by unholy passion. “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lust.” (Gal.5:24) There is a spiritual death of the body in the sense that the Shechinah of the Divine presence involves a restraint upon corrupt longings, controlling of rebellion against the laws of God, against our unruly will and emotions, and impure affections. These are all to be, but dead. As he the sap invigorates the branches, so the power of God works in us mighty. The scripture tells us, “The Spirit is life” because of righteousness.”(Rom.8:10)

Our good purposes and feeling are strengthened, the seed of life becomes fruitful, our dethroned spirit is restored to supremacy by the auxiliary forces of the King of kings. Righteousness unites us in strength, forbidding discord and promoting progress and prosperity. Having Jesus, conforms us to his image,”And the disciples were called Christians first at Antioch. “(Acts11:26), ( Acts 4:13) tells us this about Peter and John,”And they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.”

Those who have been with Jesus should, be Watchful against sin, Excel in Bible knowledge, Should be like Jesus, setting your affections on heaven, recovering zeal and fortitude and lastly be loving. It was said of Enoch,”He walk with God.” (Gen. 5:24) To have heard of our Lord is not enough, you must be with him, walk with him, with a consenting will, love him as having first loved us, we must be joined to him in one Spirit. If you have Jesus, you have the principle of life, of holiness, of perfection, and you must work it, until it attains the designed development.

Today we have the promise of the quickening of our mortal body if we have Christ. “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”(Ro. .8:11) It is impossible to restrict the interpretation to a mere spiritual resurrection in (v.11) If Christ dwell in you, these frail bodies of clay will be freed from corruption and will be glorified.

“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruption must put on in corruption, and this moral must put on immortality.”(I Cor15:53,54) “And so shall we ever be with the Lord” ( I.Thes.4:17), (I. Cor. 15:37,38) declares,” Thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain. But God giveth it a body as it pleased him.” We need not to look on the graveyards as a charnel-house of the dead, but as nurseries where seeds of immortal plants are deposited, to bloom with undying energy in the heavenly garden.

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