One of the most important truths for we Christians which the devil has tried so hard to keep us from grasping is that Christ is in us – God in man.
Colossians 1:25-27, NLT (emphasis on verse 27) says,
“For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory”.
It seems a very simple statement when we say “Christ lives inside us”, but that statement that has become very common with us is a very profound mystery. For us to come near to understanding the importance of that message, “Christ in us”, we might want to understand and ask ourselves this question. What does Christ have in Him?
Colossians 2:9 (New Living Translation) says,
“For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body”.
This means that the completeness and the full extent of the God head dwells in Christ. Hence, there is nothing remaining, there is nothing left out. It is a complete package. To put it simple, when the Bible talks about the “fullness of God”, it is what makes Him God – His being and nature, His power and His Glory, His ways and acts, His anointing, His Grace, His Mercy, His favour, the list is endless. The Goodnews is that we have received of the abundance of His gracious blessings.
John 1:16 says,
“And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace”.
Hence, God in man is a call to righteous and holy living because our God is holy (1 Peter 1:16). It is also a call to experiencing the full life of God while we are on earth (in power, dominion, authority and works), because as He is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17).
Is God really in me?
Yes, He is. One of the challenges of Christianity is that the Bible seems too good to be true. The reason this appears so is that, we approach it with our intellectual capacity and not from our spirit man. Our intellect is unfruitful and not profitable when it comes to the things of the kingdom.
One of the keys of living in the supernatural and experiencing the full life of Christ is believing every word of the scripture and living it out because Christianity itself is by faith (Ephesians 2:8) and whatever is not of faith is sin (Romans 14:23).
Let us start from the beginning. God’s Plan.
God desires to express Himself through man (Romans 8:29). For this purpose, He created man in His own image (Genesis 1:26). Just as a glove is made in the image of a hand to contain a hand, so also man is made in the image of God to contain God. By receiving God as His content, man can express God.
To fulfil His plan, God made man as a vessel. This vessel has three parts: body, soul and spirit. The body contacts and receive things of the physical realm. The soul, the mental faculty, receives and contact the things of the psychological realm. And the human spirit, the innermost part of man, was made to contact and receive God Himself. Man was created, not merely to contain food in his stomach, or to contain knowledge in his mind, but to contain God in his spirit (God in man).
But before man could receive God as life into his spirit, sin entered man (Romans 5:12). Sin deadened his spirit (Ephesians 2:1), made him an enemy of God in his mind (Colossians 1:21) and changed his body into sinful flesh (Genesis 6:3; Romans 6:12). Thus, sin damaged all three parts of man, alienating him from God. In this condition, man could not receive God.
Nevertheless, sin and the fall of man did not prevent God from fulfilling His original plan. In other to fulfill this plan, God had to become man and came in the likeness of human flesh (Jesus Christ) to redeem man back to himself through death (Ephesians 1:7). Thus, taking away his sin (John 1:29) and bringing him back to God (Ephesians 2:13).
Finally, in resurrection He became the life giving spirit (1 Corinthians 15:45) so that He could dispense His unsearchable rich life into man’s spirit. So, by receiving Jesus into your life and identifying with Him, you can now receive God’s life into your spirit. This is the assurance of God in man.