Christ in You

This is episode 2 of GOING DEEP AND HIGH

Who do you think you are?   That’s a very important question.  The more you know God, the more you know yourself.  As we go deep with God, we understand our identity at a deep level. 

If someone asks you “Who do you think you are?”  The first thing that comes to mind is probably – your occupation, married or single, etc.  That’s all good.  Let’s talk about the multi-dimensional you for a minute.  You are a human-being and you are a spirit person.  You exist in the earthly realm and you exist in the spiritual realm.  Those two realms intersect. 

Here are some scriptures on your identity as a spirit-being:  Jesus said to Nicodemus in their discussion on being born again:  “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.”   Jesus said to the Samaritan woman he met at the well, “God is Spirit.”  God, who is Spirit, gave birth to you, who are a spirit person.  The eternal part of you is your spirit. 

The writer to the Hebrews says “we have flesh-fathers, but that God is father of our spirits,” in other words our real, eternal selves (Hebrews 12:9).  Paul defines our “self” as spirit when he says, “who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them?” 

There is a joining of two spiritual beings: Christ and you.  Jesus explains it like this:  “I am the vine, you are the branches.”  The vine and the branch is one plant, one organism.  It shares the same properties.  The branch is not exactly the same as the vine, but it’s inseparably connected to the vine and is constantly benefiting from the life that comes through the vine (John 15).  The branch can only bear fruit by receiving constant nourishment from the Vine. 

Another picture of this intertwining of our spirit and the Holy Spirit is in Jesus’ last talk to his disciples before going to the cross:  “On that day [when Jesus is no longer with them] you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.”      John 14 

This is a mystical and “fourth-dimension truth!” Don’t try to figure that out with mere human brain power.   That’s another way of describing what Paul says:  “Set your mind on things unseen.”   

So tell me, how far are you from God?  He is there in the center of your chest—in your spirit.  Did you know that “Christian” means Christ-one.  A spiritual son or daughter inherits the characteristics of the Father. 

Not only is he CLOSE to you, He is ONE with you. The eternal God of glory has chosen to join himself with you.  How could you possibly be any more in the inner circle of love than that? 

Just let that reality sink in, slowly for the rest of your life.  You can experience the glory of that reality.  Paul calls it, “Christ in you the hope of glory.”    And it’s not a ‘maybe’ kind of hope, it’s a deep assurance. 

Another way Paul says it is this:  “ I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” Gal, 2:20.  That’s a mystical statement, and it is clearly something Paul has personally EXPERIENCED.  Paul has GONE DEEP AND HIGH with God.  And we see a very LONG and WIDE impact from his life. 

Here’s a practical application of that truth.  How far do you have to reach for him to find him?  You don’t really have to REACH.  Just sit there.  For some people, the language of “turning inward” is helpful.  Do you think it’s too good to be true that God would join himself to you?  If your mind needs more convincing, just read the New Testament. 

Here is another very practical application.  How many times have you heard yourself or someone else say, “I’m just trying to get closer to God.”  There’s nothing wrong with that.  But it implies that God is sometimes far from us. Not true! 

I suggest using language that lines up with reality as we read about it in the Bible.  As you become more and more convinced of this reality (and you will if you are persistent over time), it will change your behavior.  It will make you a more peaceful person.  Because if you are joined to Christ, who can hurt you? 

If you lean into and live into your unity with Christ, you WILL find the strength to listen attentively to that irritating person at your place of work.  You WILL find the patience to pick up your toddlers toys for the fourth time in one day. 

Finally, Christ in you IS your wisdom, your righteousness and your holiness.  So, feel good about yourself.  Accept his acceptance of you. 

The awareness of your oneness with Christ makes you confident.  You’ll be confident in who you are in God, and who you are in all of life.  The awareness of your oneness with Christ makes you courageous.  You will have the courage to attempt things that you know you can’t do in your own strength. 

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