Jesus told his disciples (Us) that he would send the comforter after he returned to the Father. He said, “In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in me, and I in you” (John 14:20). The truth of this promise came home to the disciples in a mighty way as recorded in Acts 2 at the celebration of Pentecost. They were all huddled into the upper room awaiting to be filled with power from on high, just as Jesus had promised, when the Holy Spirit came in like a mighty rushing wind. Soon after the disciples were filled they hit the street to preach the good news of salvation found only in Jesus Christ.
The Apostle Paul writes “For in him (Jesus) all the fullness of Deity (the Godhead–Father, Son and Spirit) dwells in bodily form, and in him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority” (Colossians 2:9-10). Did you catch that? The complete Godhead dwelt in Jesus Christ in bodily form and now that we are “in Him” we are complete! We have been joined to Christ through his death, burial, resurrection and ascension therefore we are now one with God. Go ahead and read that last sentence again I know you want to. You heard that right! We are now as close to the Godhead as we will ever be; that is what being complete means. When Jesus shouted from the cross “It is finished” that is exactly what he meant.
You might ask, “Well, if we’re complete why do we still mess up?” The simple answer to that would be so we would learn to look to him in faith rather than looking to ourselves. You see we are made up of three parts and what I’m talking about here is spirit. Upon being born again the Spirit of God takes up residence within our formerly dead, human spirit and resurrects us. The rest of our lives is spent getting our thoughts and feelings to follow the facts of our newly reborn spirit. Sometimes we “mess up” because we are walking according to our own understanding or feelings rather than the Spirit. The good news is when we discover we’re going the wrong way we get more and more accustomed to walking in the Spirit. Like most things in life we usually only learn the correct way after going the wrong way first.
It seems God’s plan all along was to have a whole race of men created in his image to express himself through. Since Adam, and subsequently us in him, failed to do so he sent his Son. Jesus was the perfect human prototype if you will. He came in the likeness of sinful man, as a sin offering in order to condemn sin in the flesh. Along the way he modeled for us what God’s original intentions were for his image bearers. You see God’s original plan hasn’t been scrapped and we are still on target.
Now that Jesus Christ has finished his mission, by passing through death and coming out the other side, we can place our faith in him, receive the Holy Spirit and be restored to our true position in God’s plan.
“What a birthright is ours in Christ! Not only do we escape by flight from the moral decay (rottenness and corruption) that is in the world but we also “become a sharers (partakers) of the divine nature”
It was God’s original intention that by the indwelling of the Spirit of Christ, every human being should fully experience His life and become a participant in the divine nature.
When this is established spiritually within your soul, it means that not only does the Lord Jesus Christ live by His Holy Spirit within your human spirit, but he now controls your mind, your emotions, and your will. By all that you do and say and are, His Life and likeness are expressed through you. People around you become aware of the fact, though they may not understand it, that by something God Himself has done, you have become a partaker of all that He is.”
excerpt taken from “The indwelling life of Christ, all of him in all of me” by Major Ian Thomas