Paul had two distinct revelations of Jesus. While on the way to
Damascus Jesus was revealed to him. This revelation slew the enmity of
his heart and converted him to God. Then he writes to the Galatians
that "It pleased God to reveal His Son in me" (Galatians 1:16). This second
revelation proved his sanctification and fitness for service, for he
adds, "That I might preach Him among the heathen." How barren and
fruitless our testimony for God is until Christ in all His power and
sufficiency is revealed-not only in Heaven-but in us. Then, like him,
we can triumphantly say, "I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me."
If Christ is in me, then I must be-
I. A New Creature. When the "Living One" enters, then the reign of
death ceases, "I am come that ye might have life." Regeneration is the
incoming of the "Life of God" into the soul by the Holy Spirit. Which
were born, not of blood-it is not hereditary; nor of the will of the
flesh-it is not by carnal energy; nor of the will of man- it is not by
intellectual power, but of God. How will evolutionists explain this?
Until Christ is trusted and received there can only be death and
degeneration; but when He enters into the heart and life of man how
completely His Word is fulfilled: "Behold, I make all things new."
II. A Temple of God. Solemn thought. Shall God in very deed dwell with
men? "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God?" (1Co 3:16). As God
came down and dwelt in the temple of Solomon, so God the Holy Ghost has
come to dwell in the body of each believer, to show forth the glory of
His grace and power (1Co 6:19-20). The indwelling of the Spirit implies
the all-cleansing of the blood. Cleansed, possessed, used. Spirit,
soul, and body.
III. Governed by His Will. "Not My will, but Thine be done," was a
gleam of Heaven's glory from Jesus as the temple of God. The house
cannot stand that has two opposing wills within. If I recognise "Christ
in me," then all my ways and purposes will be heartily submitted to
Him. The earth is His footstool; but He sitteth not on a footstool, but
on a throne; the centre of power and authority. The reign of Christ
within is the divine remedy for unruly passions, ungovernable tempers,
fruitless testimony, and the spirit-grieving life of selfishness. Thy
Kingdom come, Thy will be done in us, as it is in Heaven.
IV. In Possession of all Sufficiency. The continual needs of the
spiritual life are very great, but all fullness dwells in Him; and if
He dwells in us, then we may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Surely the "unsearchable riches of Christ" are sufficient to meet the
daily and hourly demands of our new and God-given natures. "Christ in
me." What a reservoir to draw from. Christ in me, to fill up every
crevice in my being, as the waters cover the deep. Christ in me, to
impel and constrain, as the steam in the engine. "God is able to make
all grace abound toward you, that ye always may have all sufficiency in
all things" (2 Corinthians 9:8).
V. Sinful Pleasures will have no Attraction for Me. "If any man love
the world, the love of the Father is not in him." What fellowship can
light have with darkness? If Christ fully satisfies the desires of the
heart there will be no cravings for things contrary to His will. When
Christians hanker after doubtful things, it is an evidence that Christ
is not fully trusted. She that is satisfied with her lover does not
seek another. The cabbage leaf cannot have the attraction for the
butterfly that it had for the caterpillar. Those whose lives are hid
with Christ in God will set their affections on all things above.
VI. Willing to Sacrifice for Others. If Christ is in me, then the
Christ-like life will be manifested. "He came not to be ministered
unto, but to minister" (Mat 20:28). He glorified God by a life of
self-sacrifice for the good of man. He did not seek popularity by
striving and crying in the street (Mat 12:19); If Christ is in us there
will be no striving for the chief seats of honour; no courting the
praise of man. Since Christ hath loved us, and given himself for us,
ought we not, through love to the perishing, give ourselves to God for
VII. More than Conqueror. The Christ-possessed soul will come into
contact with principalities and powers, with rulers of the darkness,
and with wicked spirits, in a way that others cannot understand; bat
"greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world" (1Jn 4:4).
Let us never forget while fighting against unbelief, unrighteousness,
and all the powers of darkness, that the battle is the Lord's. God, who
dwelleth in you, He doeth the works. "God working in you, both to will
and to do of His good pleasure" (Philippians 2:13). How the apostle must have
realised the power of the indwelling Saviour when he exclaimed, "I can
do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." By faith we, too,
must reckon on His almighty power, so great things will be done in His
Name. Doubting or ignoring "Christ in us" is the source of weakness,
fruitlessness, and discouragement in the service of God. Believe God,
that Christ by the Spirit dwells in you; reckon always in His presence,
power, and fullness, and soon you will sing, "Thanks be to God, which
giveth us the victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ!"