Do You Know Who Lives Inside Of You?
By Rodney W. Francis
Every Christian who knows he/she is born-again by the Holy Spirit of God, knows that the Holy Spirit has come to take up residence inside of us. We have become His temple (2 Corinthians 6:16-18 ). Right now, wherever you are, and whatever circumstances you find yourself in, know that the Holy Spirit of God is within you. You are different to others! You have been bought with the price of the blood of Jesus, and now HE lives inside of you!
Jesus said: “If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide (“live in”) you forever – 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 . . . At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest (from Greek word “emphanizo” meaning “to exhibit (in person) or disclose (by words): appear, declare (plainly), inform, (will) manifest, show, signify” – Strong’s; “to cause to be seen; to appear, to be seen openly” – Bullinger’s) Myself to him.”
Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him”(John 14:15-24 ).
Jesus spoke these words prior to His departure back to the Father in Heaven, and the fullness of the Holy Spirit had not yet come. He came on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2 ) and filled and empowered the disciples of Jesus to be His witnesses, and to do the works He called them to. The Holy Spirit came! He revolutionized those early disciples in such power and boldness that they went out and began to change their world for Jesus!
The same principle and pattern still applies today. The question is:
The true key to Christianity is knowing what Jesus accomplished for us through His death and resurrection. All Jesus went through was so He could send the Holy Spirit Comforter into our lives and enable us to live the “Christ life” to the glory of God. That is why it is so important that every Christian knows what it is to be filled with the Holy Spirit!
THE SAME HOLY SPIRIT!
He is not another Holy Spirit, or an inferior spirit to the one and only HOLY SPIRIT! HE IS THE ONLY HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD! And He has been sent to live inside of each one of us forever!
“But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you” (Romans 8:11 , NKJV).
Here’s some good advice from “The Message” Bible: It stands to reason, doesn't it, that if the alive-and-present God Who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, He'll do the same thing in you that He did in Jesus, bringing you alive to Himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and He does, as surely as He did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With His Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ's!
So don't you see that we don't owe this old do-it-yourself life one red cent. There's nothing in it for us, nothing at all. The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. God's Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go!
This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It's adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike "What's next, Papa?" God's Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know Who He is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what's coming to us — an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with Him, then we're certainly going to go through the good times with Him! (Romans 8:11-17 ).
No wonder the Apostle Paul prayed, “that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened (from Greek word “krataioo” meaning “to make powerful, make powerful in effect” – Bullinger’s) with might (“dunamis” = “the being able, i.e. ability, inherent power, natural capacity, moral as well as physical ability, miraculous energy, ability to effect all the purposes of rectitude and wisdom; a work, with reference to the power required for its performance” – Bullinger’s) through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend (“katalambano” = “to receive fully” - Young’s; “to take eagerly, i.e. seize, possess” - Strong’s; “to comprehend for one’s self, perceive” - Bullinger’s) with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height – to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him Who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think, according to the power (“dunamis” – seeing meaning above) that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:14-21 ).
“Dunamis” is the Holy Spirit power that is now within us. But unless we activate it, it will simply lie dormant within us and no one will get any of the benefits of its purposes.
In this hour there is a desperate need for Christians to rediscover the truth of who they are in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. Without the “dunamis” power of God actively working in and through our lives, we are as weak and “normal” as any other human being. It is the “Christ in you the hope of glory” that makes all the difference (Colossians 1:27 )!
May God give us a greater revelation of this amazing truth ~ that God would even desire to live inside of us is beyond our comprehension ~ but He did, and He does ~ and now it is over to us to think, believe and act according to the truth of what He has already done for us!
With the same Holy Spirit that has raised Jesus Christ from the dead now living inside of us, we can make a huge difference in the way we live and impact other people’s lives for His praise, honour and glory.
Glory to God!