CLARK E. WADE's picture

Ephesians 2:13 says this:

"But now in Christ Jesus, you who once were so far away, through (by, in) the blood of Christ have been BROUGHT NEAR."

What are the implications for this as believers right "now" as the passage states, to live in nearness to Him Who so loved us and gave Himself for us? If He really does live 'in' us, which doesn't get any 'nearer' than that, how can we live 'in' Him who lives 'in' us? I think it would be a good thing to prayerfully reflect on some passages which I don't think we have understood very well, let alone actually attempted to practice, as obviously the early church did. They knew an indwelling Lord! He was the central focus of their lives together, in community, and I think we are going to see that in these passages in new and unexpected ways.

Some of the passages that speak of this immense privilege of entering into the joy of the Lord in the land of the living are Hebrews 10:19-25; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18,4:6-7; and I Peter 3:15.

Our precious Heavenly Father. Oh how we love You and thank you for placing us in Christ, in whom are all heavenly things, and then placing Christ in us. We pray that Father, you will open first our ears to hear just how glorious is this gospel of Jesus Christ to us and in us. And then in our hearing Father, may you then open our eyes to see this utter blessedness in which You have granted to us in placing Christ in us as our indwelling Lord, Savior, Teacher, Friend and soon-coming King! The world is famishing not because they haven't heard our doctrine, but because they haven't seen our Lord in us, together, as Your community expressing Him in Spirit and in Truth. Oh Father, when Christ is truly living in us, we become living epistles. If the world can't 'read' Christ in us, we perish as Your church! Oh our great and glorious God, let us know Him, who lives so near! The glory of God was in this place and we knew it not. Plant in us ears to hear and eyes to see. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

ladyhoffman's picture

Rejoicing With You

Dear Mitzi,

Thank-you for taking the time to write and tell us about how Christ used your witness so save another soul. All too often we do not think about telling other believers about these joyous experiences and how they touch our hearts. We should take the time to do this more often because it is an act of encouragement to others who believe. It helps us to see how God's power is made visible in our everyday experiences. In my quiet time today I was focused on the topic of how to be wholly committed to Christ. In these days of the drawing away of the Church in the attempt to become culturally relevant I am reminded of the Words Jesus spoke on this matter. He said:

"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock."
Matthew 7: 24-25

Put the words of Christ into practice. Witnessing, making disciples, living under His Lordship. This is where we either fail to follow Him or succeed. It is in the act of practicing the precepts taught by Christ that the solid foundation is built. It is in taking His words into our hearts and desiring to live as He has instructed that our character changes. Jesus takes up residence in us when we take the call to discipleship seriously. Christ living in us is a reality and not just an empty philosophy of thought. Others are then attracted to Christ because we reflect Him.

I thank God for revealing Himself through you. I rejoice with you for the salvation of your dear friend and I welcome her into the body. I pray that the eyes of her heart will be continually opened to the reality of life hidden in Christ.

Love in Christ,