I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness—the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
What if I told you the prime difference between the New Testament and the Old Testament could be summarized in two words? You already know what they are, don’t you?
In the Old Testament, the presence of God presented all around God’s people. God was in the cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night. God resided between the cherubim on the mercy seat atop the ark of the covenant in the Most Holy Place deep in the heart of the tabernacle and later in the temple. God was with his people. At the same time there was this building prophecy that God would be Immanuel, God-with-us, even more so in the future, with the coming of Messiah.
Messiah did, in fact, come, in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, the God-Man. God was now with us in human flesh. Immanuel the promise, was now Immanuel the person. Still, the vision was not yet realized. Jesus told his disciples that unless and until he ascended to the Father, the Holy Spirit would not come.
The mystery, long hidden and now revealed, is not God with us. It is Christ in us. This was the vision from the start—the vision of Eden; not just God with us, but God in us.
We think so much of the presence of God as a kind of phenomenon that exists around us. The New Testament primarily envisages the presence of God as dwelling within us. We have thought so much about the plan of salvation as getting us into heaven. All along the plan of salvation has been to get heaven into us.
The two words that changed everything? In you.
Domino #1/27 shall henceforth be called The Secret.
Abba Father, we thank you for your Son, Jesus, who more than with us, would dwell within us. Awaken me to this mystery and make it my reality: Christ in me. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
1. Do you think more of God being with you, or in you?
2. What are the implications of Christ being in you?
3. What would it mean and look like for you to become more attuned to the reality of Jesus Christ dwelling in you through the presence of the Holy Spirit?
For the Awakening,