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Inner Christianity

Inner Christianity is the only true Christianity. God first establishes Himself in us and then continues His work there. It is done in our innermost recesses where only God can work. Our innermost recesses are the non-material, spiritual parts of us. These parts of us are unreachable and untouchable by anything physical. This work of God in us is safe from any and all attacks.

Colossians 2:11: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

Without His work in the non-material parts of us we are lost and unsaved. We must choose to bar Him from our hearts or let Him in. Inviting Him in is our only hope of heaven or of experiencing His glory on earth.

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:

Song of Solomon 4:12 A spring shut up, a fountain sealed.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon:

In this metaphor, which has reference to the inner life of a believer, we have very plainly the idea of secrecy. It is a spring shut up: just as there were springs in the East, over which an edifice was built, so that none could reach them save those who knew the secret entrance; so is the heart of a believer when it is renewed by grace: there is a mysterious life within which no human skill can touch. It is a secret which no other man knoweth; nay, which the very man who is the possessor of it cannot tell to his neighbour. The text includes not only secrecy, but separation. It is not the common spring, of which every passer-by may drink, it is one kept and preserved from all others; it is a fountain bearing a particular mark-a king*s royal seal, so that all can perceive that it is not a common fountain, but a fountain owned by a proprietor, and placed specially by itself alone. So is it with the spiritual life. The chosen of God were separated in the eternal decree; they were separated by God in the day of redemption; and they are separated by the possession of a life which others have not; and it is impossible for them to feel at home with the world, or to delight in its pleasures. There is also the idea of sacredness. The spring shut up is preserved for the use of some special person: and such is the Christian*s heart. It is a spring kept for Jesus. Every Christian should feel that he has God*s seal upon him-and he should be able to say with Paul, *From henceforth let no man trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.* Another idea is prominent-it is that of security. Oh! how sure and safe is the inner life of the believer! If all the powers of earth and hell could combine against it, that immortal principle must still exist, for He who gave it pledged His life for its preservation. And who *is He that shall harm you, when God is your protector?

All three members of the Godhead are involved in this inner operation.

2 Corinthians 1:21-22: Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God. 22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

John McNeil:

When a Christian is sealed by the Holy Ghost, sealed as the property of his Master, there will be no need to ask, Whose image and superscription is this? upon the sealed one. The King*s, of course. Anyone can see the image.

Of what use is a seal if it cannot be seen?

Is the King*s image visibly, permanently, stamped upon us? It is on every Spirit-filled, sealed believer.

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