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Christ In You

The only hope we have of spending eternity in Heaven is to have Christ in us.

Colossians 1:27: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

For several months after I received Jesus, I grappled with the idea that He was in me. At first there wasn*t much evidence that He was in me but the Lord provided several radio preachers that focused on that wonderful truth. They brought messages that included many Christ in us passages from the Bible. And the Lord began blessing other people through me. . . . THROUGH ME! What a joyful privilege!! Things were happening for which there could be no other logical explanation than that CHRIST WAS IN ME!! Some people with whom I had friendly relationships before Christ was in me wanted nothing to do with me after He came into me. At first I was fascinated by the IDEA that He was in me and it wasn*t long before I was thrilled that it was REALITY. I still get a thrill when I encounter what I call the Christ in me passages.

Ephesians 3:17a: That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; . . .

Galatians 4:19: My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,

1 John 5:11-12: And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

Philippians 2:13: For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Hebrews 13:5: Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

2 Peter 1:4: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Charles Haddon expressed delightful truth about that phrase partakers of the divine nature in this devotional:

To be a partaker of the divine nature is not, of course, to become God. That cannot be. The essence of Deity is not to be participated in by the creature. Between the creature and the Creator there must ever be a gulf fixed in respect of essence; but as the first man Adam was made in the image of God, so we, by the renewal of the Holy Spirit, are in a yet diviner sense made in the image of the Most High, and are partakers of the divine nature. We are, by grace, made like God. *God is love*; we become love-*He that loveth is born of God.* God is truth; we become true, and we love that which is true: God is good, and He makes us good by His grace, so that we become the pure in heart who shall see God. Moreover, we become partakers of the divine nature in even a higher sense than this-in fact, in as lofty a sense as can be conceived, short of our being absolutely divine. Do we not become members of the body of the divine person of Christ? Yes, the same blood which flows in the head flows in the hand: and the same life which quickens Christ quickens His people, for *Ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.* Nay, as if this were not enough, we are married unto Christ. He hath betrothed us unto Himself in righteousness and in faithfulness, and he who is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Oh! marvellous mystery! we look into it, but who shall understand it? One with Jesus-so one with Him that the branch is not more one with the vine than we are a part of the Lord, our Saviour, and our Redeemer! While we rejoice in this, let us remember that those who are made partakers of the divine nature will manifest their high and holy relationship in their intercourse with others, and make it evident by their daily walk and conversation that they have escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. O for more divine holiness of life!

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