What does it mean that Christ is in me?

It’s Monday Grace!

To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27

The deepest riches of the Christian life are in the fact that Jesus is in us. It is our hope of glory, according to Paul. But what does it mean that Christ is in me?

I suppose the fact that this is a mystery should caution us. It means a lot more than we can know, at least at this time. That Jesus is in me by grace through faith is the whole gospel message, the root or the foundation upon which the rest is built. To fully unpack the meaning of the phrase would take many books, I suspect. Even then, we can only understand with earthly minds.

But we know two things that help us understand. At least they allow us to use the phrase with some basic understanding.

First, we know that we died with Jesus on the cross and rose with Him in new life. The life in us now is His life. He gave His life for us and to us. We share in His nature. The depth of this is beyond my ability to explain, but I can say that we are only truly alive because of Jesus. And because of Jesus, we will always be alive. Eternal life is His life.

Second, because the life in us is His life, we will forever be connected to Him. He is truly with us always. We cannot be separated from Jesus by any force or authority or will. This is far beyond the “once saved always saved” debate. This comes out of the simple fact that Jesus is eternal and His life in us is eternal. If we were to be separated from Him, which Paul believed was impossible, we would cease to exist. The old life is gone. All we have is our new life in Christ.

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

I suppose we know one more thing, something even more mysterious. We know that we have been filled with the Holy Spirit, baptized miraculously into Him so that He is always present with us. It is not possible to separate Jesus from the Holy Spirit by any argument or explanation because the Spirit of God is God, and Jesus is God. And the Spirit of God is active in our daily lives.

As I said, there is much mystery here. But the good news, the most practical news for the believer, is that Jesus walks with us day by day, moment by moment. There is no situation, no time, when He is not fully present with us. Nor will anything be able to separate us from Him.

Jesus is alive in us! His grace is worked out in and through and for us. We will always be with Him.

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