Christ Lives in You
There is no Christian truth of greater importance than the fact that “Christ lives in you”. Misunderstanding this spiritual truth will enslave many Christians the impossible task of attempting to live the Christian life.
The inevitable failure of such attempts brings them to the practical conclusion that Christianity does not work.
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. Colossians 1:27
What is the mystery that God chose to make known?
Why do you think it is a mystery?
What does the fact that Christ lives in you mean to you?
How is this mystery described?
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure….Hebrews 6:19
How is this hope of Christ in you described?
What is the purpose of an anchor?
Why do you think we need to know that Christ live us?
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
What do you think it means that you were crucified with Christ?
What does this verse say about your life?
Where does Christ live if you are born again?
Since Christ lives in you, how are you to live?
Faith in who?
How do you think that looks like in your daily life?
According to Galatians 2:20, why does it make sense for us to live by faith in Jesus?
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:13-14
When were you born again and included in Christ?
What does it mean to be included in Christ?
What happened when you believed?
By whom are we then marked or identified?
Who is the deposit referring to?
How would you describe a deposit?
What does the deposit of the Holy Spirit guarantee?
This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 1 John 4:13
How do we know that Christ lives in us?
Read 1 Corinthians 2:6-16
What is the mystery referring to in verse 7?
How does God reveal this mystery to us in verse 10?
Can anyone know your thoughts in verse 11? Can anyone know God’s thoughts? How can we know God’s thoughts?
What is the reasons we can understand the Spirit of God in verse 12?
Can the person without the Spirit understand the truth about God in verse 14? Why not?
Whose mind do we have as a born again Christian, in verse 16?
You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. Romans 8:8-9
Why are you no longer in the flesh?
What is necessary to be in the Spirit?
What if someone does not belong to Christ, do they have the Spirit?
Do they belong to Christ?
Can they understand spiritual things?
Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16
Where do you think God lived in the Old Testament? Hint: Their fellow Levites were assigned to all the other duties of the tabernacle, the house of God. See 1 Chronicles 6:48
In the Old Testament, God lived in the tabernacle, which was a portable temple. Where does God live in a born again Christian in the New Testament?
What is one way the Old Testament differ from the New Testament?
Can you think of other differences between the two testaments?
DO YOU HAVE ETERNAL SECURITY?
…God has said, “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
Will God ever leave you?
Why won’t God leave you when you are sinful?
How does that make you feel?
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all ; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. John 10:27-29
Who are the sheep in this verse?
What does God give them?
Will we ever perish physically? What about spiritually?
Can anything cause Christ who lives in you, to be snatched out of Jesus’s hand?
Can anything cause Christ who lives in you, to be snatched out of the Father’s hand?