I believe when someone receives Jesus Christ into their life they get all of him they will ever need. I don’t think we need to ask for more of Jesus ever; we simply need to have our eyes opened to see what having him entails. In Ephesians we read “we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ.” The idea of our eyes being opened to this amazing inheritance also comes from the letter to the Ephesians. Paul wrote them praying “that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of his calling, what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.”
When someone isn’t a believer, and maybe even when they are first saved, they have this idea about God being way out there somewhere. It’s as if he is way up there and we are down here. If we pray then he will hear us and maybe grant our request. In time they may come to see that God isn’t way up there separate from them. They may be told or overhear that God walks with them. Sort of like he is our friend who walks beside us; He may be separate from us, but maybe he’s not quite so far away after all. That’s better. Next we may go as far as to discover Christ has actually taken up residence within us. Wow! That is pretty good isn’t it? Now we are closer than ever to God so we feel our confidence growing. We stop having feelings of loneliness or abandonment, because we start to sense his presence, not only beside us, but within us.
While all of this sounds great there is actually one more step in this enlightenment if you will. Some folks would even go as far as say it isn’t even you living life but Christ as you. I know I know it sounds kind of nutty but let me explain. I am not saying the person thinks they are Christ, but they are saying Christ is the one living, not just in them, but he is their life. We know the Bible tells us Christ, by the Holy Spirit, dwells in the believer. We are a vessel that contains a treasure which is Christ. The Bible does say we are the body of Christ “the fullness of him that filleth all in all.”
Look now at what Paul said in Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Now let’s look a little closer at this. Paul says, “It is no longer I who live!” He then tells us it is Christ living in him. He then goes on to say, “The life he is now living he is living by THE faith OF the Son of God.” Let me get this straight. He is no longer the one living, and it isn’t even his faith it’s Christ’s life and Christ’s faith. Wow! Could this be true? Of course it’s true it’s the Word of God. Look now in Colossians 3:3&4 “For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory. If we look a little further into Colossians we will see another interesting statement. Paul says in 3:10&11 “We have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek not Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.” Jesus said “I am the life” could this really be what he meant?
Written by Louie