by Ray E Horton
The Creator of the universe, our redeemer, dwells within His people. Paul was called to “make the word of God fully known” (Colossians 1:25). There had been a “great mystery hidden for ages and generations,” even from the prophets of old, “but” [through God’s revelation to Paul], “now revealed to his saints [which includes us]” (Vs. 26). “To them God chose to make known how great among the Nations are the riches of the glory of this mystery” [and what is that mystery which is now revealed?] which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Vs. 27).
That is the revealed mystery in which we all need to be established. Christ dwells within us. “Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed…” (Romans 16:25-26).
When we are Born Again, we are transformed into New Creations, “The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17). But we must grow in our awareness of this revealed mystery to be fruitful in our personal maturing and for God’s Kingdom: “Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
And that awareness includes the awe-inspiring greatness of He who dwells within us. Our minds need renewing so they are undivided. “…Unite my heart to fear [honor/respect] Your name” (Psalm 86:11). He is God Himself who dwells within us, giving us New Life, and His glory and grace.
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth… We have all received from His fullness grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and who is in the bosom of the Father, has made him known” (John 1:14-18).
“God said, ‘Let there be…'” Genesis 1. The universe was created by the Word, Jesus. “…God, who created all things through Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 3:9). And it is He who lives within us by the Holy Spirit, the very “Spirit of God” who “was hovering over the waters” (Genesis 1:2) and carried out the Word in creation.
Let us not undervalue this great inheritance, “what is the hope of His calling and what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance among the saints [us]” (Ephesians 1:18), now that Jesus is living in us by the Holy Spirit. We are called “temples of the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 6:19). Then, we received the fullness of the Spirit when we prayed for the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, so the Spirit not only dwells within us, the power of the Spirit is upon us, so we too speak the Word, in the name of Jesus, and the Holy Spirit will respond in power.
We not only pray, and the Lord responds, we have the faith and are empowered to use His Word effectively for God to change our world through us. As James 1:22 tells us: “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.” Yes, the enemy of our souls is the liar who would deceive us, but we deceive ourselves when we believe but don’t act on the truth. We have a destiny and can no longer play complacently at the sidelines.
Let us awaken and rise up so that God’s wonderful work of salvation in our lives will not be in vain. His purpose is to use us as His hands, His feet and His mouthpiece to advance His Kingdom toward the impending last days.
The time is now! Are you abiding with Jesus? Are you filled with the Holy Spirit? Will you step out in faith to really believe who you are in Christ? Will you rise up and be available to God’s end-times plans and purposes, so that your true destiny will be fulfilled?