Christ In You

June 12, 2021

10 Now if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then he who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through his Spirit who lives in you.

Romans 8:10-11

Written by Sally Cressman from the Lockeland Springs Campus

Newly married, my husband and I attended a Sunday school class where the teacher mentioned the Holy Spirit. As the leader taught, I whispered to a friend behind me, “What is the Holy Spirit?” I received an abbreviated answer right then and a longer explanation after class. From that point on, I was on mission to understand who the Holy Spirit is. As I studied the scriptures and leaned on the Spirit for guidance, my life transformed from black and white to living color.

This same Spirit resides in every believer the moment they confess Jesus as Lord and Savior. Paul summarized this new life in today’s verses: Christ in you. Our old, self-governing lives are crucified with Christ. Yes, we will still sin. But when the Spirit takes up residence, we can no longer live as we did, because a new creation in Christ is resurrected in us. Our lives are now lived by faith.

D.L. Moody described his conversion experience saying, “I was in a new world. The next morning the sun shone brighter and the birds sang sweeter…the old elms waved their branches for joy, and all nature was at peace.”

As we grow in dependence on the Holy Spirit, He will help us love that surly relative or co-worker. He will guard our minds with His peace when peace is fleeting. Christ’s Spirit will strengthen us so we can serve others.

The Spirit will remind us of God’s Word and convict us of our sin. He’ll empower us to live the righteous life we unsuccessfully tried to live in our own power. It’s the Spirit who will identify us with Christ. That girl right there—she is God’s child. She has the seal of Jesus on her.

Paul doesn’t want us to be rescued by God but then continue in our independence. Rather, he encourages us to live in deep dependence on the Spirit here and now. And when we do, our black and white lives will be transformed to lives of radiant color—because Christ is living in us.

Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. Think about what you’ve done today. With how many of those actions or words did you rely on the Holy Spirit for help?
  2. How would your life look different if you had a better awareness of Christ living in you?
  3. Recall times in your life when you felt especially close to Jesus. What was it about those times that brought you closer? What can you do to increase your daily fellowship with Jesus?

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