“To whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27 (NASB)
Today I want to talk about the powerful truth that Christ is IN us. I believe if we really grabbed a hold of this truth, it would change the way we walk on this earth. We would shine the light of God because we would know that the risen Christ by His Spirit actually dwells inside each and every believer.
Now I want to say, I have been listening to a Nigerian minister named Ps Chris Oyakilome. Things I have written here today have been as a result of inspiration from some of his messages. However, in saying that, I have done my own study of the things written, the words from the Strong’s concordances that he has mentioned, and have come to the same conclusion. It’s based on God’s Word, the Bible. I want to encourage anyone reading this, if you have doubts about anything written now or in future, or are listening to any preacher, no mater how “popular” they are, to always do your own research as I have done here, and measure anything said or written, with the Word of God, the Bible itself. The Bible, and only the Bible, is God’s infallible word. No man is. Now in saying that, let’s begin with our study…
Firstly, according to Col 1:27, it is God’s will to make known to us this truth…to make known by revelation in our hearts. It is God’s will and desire to make known to us all the riches of the glory of this mystery – the mystery that Christ is IN us! In the Old Covenant, it constantly refers to God influencing His people outwardly. For example, Isaiah 61:1 says the Spirit of the Lord is UPON me, and in other places, like with the judges of Israel, it often states that the Spirit of the Lord would come upon them mightily…but never moved from within them! Now, the New Covenant we have in Christ is that He is abiding and inhabiting our very hearts. Jesus said in John 7:38 that “whoever believes in Me, as the Scriptures has said, rivers of living water will flow from WITHIN them.” WOW! What an awesome truth!
Now this next passage has such powerful truth in it…
“Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be! 16Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her? For He says, “THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH.” 17But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him. 18Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. 19Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” (1 Cor 6:15-20 NASB)
So in this passage, Paul says, as we are members of Christ Himself, we need to be very careful with our bodies and what we do, and who we join ourselves to. He warns against immorality, it’s not like any other sin, because the very act of intercourse joins you with that person. We become “one flesh” with that person. It’s an incredible act of intimacy that should only be reserved for marriage, and shouldn’t be treated lightly, such as sleeping around and joining ourselves to just anyone we meet, like to a prostitute. NO, our aim should be to be joined to the Lord. Anyone who joins himself to the Lord, it says here, is ONE SPIRIT with Him!
Did you get that?? If we have Christ in us, we are ONE SPIRIT WITH HIM!!! That is how close we are to the Lord. He is not just someone up in the sky, He’s not in an earthly Temple, we don’t have to travel to Jerusalem to worship anymore – the very Spirit who created the world at the Word of the Father, who raised Jesus up from the dead, actually dwells and lives inside of us, has joined Himself to us and is one spirit with our spirits! If you really think about that truth, it’s crazy!!! But this truth has the power to set us free, has the power to change our walk in this world. For God’s plan from the beginning is that “as He is, so are we in this world.” (1 Jn 4:17b) For us to imitate and walk like Christ, His Spirit must dwell in our hearts – we need to be joined to the Lord and truly understand that indeed, we are one with Him!
Now look at this scripture, it will blow your mind away…
“Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, ‘I will dwell in them and WALK AMONG THEM; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.'” (2 Cor 6:16)
So the other verse said we are members of Christ – meaning we are a part of His Body and we are one with the Lord. We learned that anyone who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. Here in 2 Cor 6:16, Paul says WE are the Temple of the Living God – and like I said before, we don’t need to go to Jerusalem anymore, for God dwells inside us. Now here, Paul quotes a prophecy from the Old Covenant saying that He will dwell IN us and WALK AMONG us…let’s look at the Greek word for walk among them…
Strong’s 1704 …
Original Word: ἐμπεριπατέω
Part of Speech: Verb
Phonetic Spelling: (em-per-ee-pat-eh’-o)
Short Definition: I walk about in a place
Definition: I walk about in a place, live among, am conversant with.
Now look at what the Strong’s exhaustive concordance says about the word…
Now let’s look at the word “perambulate.” What does it mean?
The Mirriam-Webster dictionary puts it like this…
1: to travel over or through especially on foot : traverse.
2: to make an official inspection of (a boundary) on foot
Now a couple of examples the dictionary states refers to the first definition:
<we decided to lazily perambulate the entire length of the esplanade and enjoy the fresh air>
<long summer evenings spent perambulating up and down the tree-lined streets of the quaint village>
So in the first instance, we can see that perambulating is like going for a nice stroll, enjoying ourselves. If we apply this to the context of scripture, God perambulates within us, He enjoys walking within us, which is why at times we can especially feel His joy and peace. God enjoys us!
The second meaning is very interesting; to make an official inspection of (boundary) on foot.
Thus, applying the second meaning to scripture of how God will “walk among” us, this means that the Spirit of God acts like a security guard, walking up and down our boundary, inspecting us! A security guard walks along the boundary of a fence in order to protect the boundary, if there are any holes in the fence, anything to be fixed, he makes sure it is noted and fixed as soon as possible. He protects from outside dangers.
What is OUR boundary? The confines of our human body! God walks within us, inspecting us, even our physical bodies, making sure we are healthy! He can fix anything in your body to heal it, repair and restore it! He protects from danger – though a thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your other side, it shall not come near you! God walks among us, inside of us, enjoying our company AND protecting us from dangers, toils and snares and is there to heal our bodies too, when He finds something wrong!
One last scripture:
“If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” (Rom 8:10-11)
So here, you can see it says that the Spirit of God who raised Christ from the dead, if He truly dwells in us, will give life to our mortal bodies. This backs up the fact that He “perambulates” in us. He walks among us, He inspects the boundaries of our bodies and wants to give life to us.
The Spirit of God dwells in us, if we are truly believers. He wants to enjoy our fellowship, but He also promises to protect and strengthen our mortal bodies. After all, why wouldn’t God want to protect the very ones He lives inside of? We are joined in spirit with Him, united with Christ by His Spirit!
No wonder the Word says we have the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16), and that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. (Phil 4:13) How does He strengthen us? Because He inhabits us!
No wonder the Bible says we can live in victory, as overcomers, because the Word says “greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world!” (1 Jn 4:4) We as believers have a greater advantage than those in the world. We have His Spirit!!! Who are “they” that Jesus talks about in Mark 16:17-18, where He says “they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover…” etc. He’s talking about those who have the Spirit of the living God dwelling inside of them. He is talking about those who are joined to the Lord, being one spirit with Him! We are a new breed of people on the earth since the Day of Pentecost, where the Holy Spirit fell on all the believers and filled them, causing them to speak with other tongues and causing Peter to rise up with boldness to face the crowd (where before He couldn’t, denying who Jesus even was) and preach Christ and Him crucified and risen from the dead. He, being filled with God’s Spirit led the first revival, seeing 3,000 souls added to the church!
Just think of the incredible truth written here. Let’s truly come to “know” this truth, to ginosko it – meaning to know it by experience! It’s about waking in revelation knowledge. I have written the strong’s definition of that if you want to look at that further under the heading “definition.”
God bless, till next study…