Wednesday – Christ Lives in Me
By George Volpe
“I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you.” John 14:18
Let’s review the message of God’s presence: God was present with man in the Garden, then the Tabernacle, then the Temple. So, what about today?
“Don’t you know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16)
“What? Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own?” (1 Corinthians 6:19)
“And what agreement does the temple of God have with idols? for you are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” (2 Corinthians 6:16)
Why would God want to walk with people anyway? What have we done to deserve such a privilege? Man is not capable of any good at all unless God gives the ability and freedom to do it. And He allows us the freedom to choose to live as we please.
In spite of all the damage sin has done, our Father in Heaven who wondrously created our bodies of flesh did not stop there. He put His breath within us giving us life. He put a spirit within every person so that He could communicate with us. We are more than a shell of physical flesh and bones. There is a part of us within that no human can touch or clone or fully grasp.
The flesh is just our temporary, external “house.” The permanent “me” resides inside for now, visible only by what I say and do. We have a body, but we are a soul and a spirit. Cut off arms or legs, and we are still ourselves. Take out some organs, and we are still “us.”
But when we yield to Christ and receive Him, a series of events alters our lives forever. God applies the sacrifice of Jesus to our life. He washes us. He walks through the veil that separated Him from us and He enters the deepest part of our soul. Jesus comes to live in us. The light of life awakens our dead soul.
We are living temples of God. His place of washing. His place of sacrifice. His holiest place. Just as the presence of God entered the Jewish temple, so God somehow resides within the temple of His children today. I don’t know how. But He promises never to leave us or forsake us, no matter what storms and difficulties may come.
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