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October 2, 2012

Doctrine of the Indwelling of Jesus Christ

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A. The Church Age believer is indwelt by all three members of the Trinity.

1. God the Father indwells us for the glorification of His protocol plan which He designed in eternity past for each Church Age believer, John 14:23; Eph 1:3-12; 4:6; 2 John 9. In addition, it provides assurance regarding His work in eternity past on our behalf. He is the author of our Portfolio of Invisible Assets, the grantor of our escrow blessings, the mastermind of the Predesigned Protocol Plan of God, and the designer of our very own palace, (GPS – God’s Power System), by which we execute His Plan.

2. God the Holy Spirit indwells us to create a temple for the indwelling of Christ as the Shekinah Glory, to be a down payment of our royal inheritance, and to empower us in the execution of the Father’s plan, John 14:16; Rom 8:11; 1 Cor 3:16; 6:19-20; 2 Cor 6:16; Eph 1:13-14. He then provides a base of operation for both the execution of the Predesigned Protocol Plan of God and the glorification of Christ in our bodies.

3. God the Son indwells every Church Age believer.

a. The prophecy of the indwelling of Jesus Christ is found in, John 14:19‑20.

1) There never has been a time in history when some part of the world did not see Jesus Christ. That is the doctrine of Theophany. There was not a generation in Old Testament times that did not see the visible member of the Trinity. But in the Church Age, Jesus Christ is invisible to mankind.

a) Christ appeared as a man, e.g., to Jacob, Abraham.

b) Christ appeared as a cloud, pillar of fire, the burning bush.

c) Christ actually indwelt the sacred building in Israel.

2) Church Age believers live inside the operational GPS, and by so doing are able to see Christ by means of His Word resident within their soul.

3) When He said “I am in my Father” it is a statement declaring the deity of Christ. These believers would come to know that Jesus Christ was true deity while in hypostatic union. The humanity of Christ was in union with the Father, a unique positional sanctification. This is undoubtedly the basis for our positional sanctification, since we are in union with Christ and must share everything he has.

4) Then “and you in Me,” is the prophecy of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit when we are placed in union with Jesus Christ. We not only become members of His body but we are “in Christ”, giving us equal privilege and equal opportunity to excel inside the Plan of God under Predestination.

5)  Then “and I in you,” is a declaration of the indwelling of Jesus Christ to every Church Age believer. This is true for every believer (you is SU in the Greek as a second personal plural pronoun = “you all”).

6) The people who heard this prophecy could see Christ’s humanity, but they could not see his deity. The same was true of the Shekinah glory that dwelled in the Tabernacle / Temple of Israel. They could not see the Shekinah glory, but they could see the manifestation of its presence in the cloud and pillar of fire.

b. The indwelling of Jesus Christ is unique to the Church Age. The Church Age is the Dispensation of the Royal Family of God, therefore it has certain unique features which include the fact that God the Father, God the Holy Spirit and God the Son indwell every believer. These are unique and never occurred before in history.

B. The verification of the indwelling of Christ in our Lord’s Great High Priestly Prayer for the Church, John 17:22‑23, 26.

John 17:22, “And the glory which You (God the Father) have given to Me (Jesus Christ), I have given to them (the Church), in order that they may keep on being one just as We are one.”

1. And the glory which You (God the Father) have given to Me (Jesus Christ) I have given to them (the Church).” This is a reference to the prototype Divine Power System, (GPS), by which the humanity of Christ glorified God the Father. Now our Lord has given to us the operational GPS as the means of glorifying Him.

2. “In order that they may keep on being one just as We are one.” The glory is more than the GPS, and includes the indwelling of Jesus Christ.

3.  In verse 23, “I in them” is a specific reference and prophecy of the indwelling of Jesus Christ. “And You in Me, (the Father’s indwelling of Christ during the incarnation), in order that they might be made complete, (be matured)…God the Father indwelt the Son in order that He might become spiritually mature. In the same way, Christ indwells us that we might become spiritually mature.

4.  In John 17:23a, the preposition EIS plus the Adverbial Accusative of Reference, Neuter, Singular of HEIS should be translated, “with reference to one.” This means there is one objective: to fulfill God’s Plan and glorify God by growing to spiritual maturity.

5. “That the world may know that You have sent Me and that You have loved them, just as You have loved Me.” One of the purposes for the indwelling of Christ is a sign to you that God the Father loves you just as He loved Jesus Christ.

6.  John 17:26, “I have made known to them your person and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which You have loved Me may be in them. . .” This love will be fully realized by you when you reach spiritual adulthood with personal love for God and impersonal love for mankind.

7. “…and I in them.” Jesus Christ indwells you along with the virtue‑love of GPS. This becomes a reality to us when we have metabolized Bible doctrine about who and what God is.

C. God the Son indwells us for a number of reasons:

1. As a sign or badge of the Royal Family, John 14:20.

a) While the baptism of the Spirit is the means of forming the Royal Family of God, the indwelling of Christ is both the sign of the Royal Family and another expression of the uniqueness of the Church Age.

b) Therefore, your background is of no consequence in the Church Age, because you are indwelt by Jesus Christ. You have equal privilege and opportunity with all other believers.

2. As a guarantee of the availability of Divine power (GPS) in time, 2 Cor 13:4-6; Rom 8:10.

3. The indwelling of Jesus Christ is a guarantee of our Portfolio of Invisible Assets. Along with the sealing ministry of the Holy Spirit in Eph 1:13‑14, the indwelling of Christ is a guarantee of our Portfolio of Invisible Assets prepared for us by the Father in eternity past Eph 1:3.

4. As a guarantee of life after death in the presence of God forever, Col 1:27, “the confidence (hope) of glory.”

5. The indwelling of Jesus Christ is a guarantee of eternal security.

a) You cannot lose your salvation, John 10:28-30, no matter how you foul up your life, no matter how you fail!

b) You can not see Christ indwelling your body until you die. Upon your death your soul and spirit leave your body, “Absent from the body and face to face with the Lord,” (2 Cor 5:8). Jesus Christ leaves your body along with your soul and spirit and escorts you to heaven.

c) This fulfills the principle of Psa 23:4, “Even, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will no fear no evil because you are with me.”

6. The indwelling of Jesus Christ is a guarantee of your escrow blessings.

a) Since Jesus Christ is both the depositary of our escrow blessings and the escrow officer who distributes them to us when we fulfill the conditions of the escrow, the indwelling of Christ is a guarantee that, billions of years ago, God the Father created and placed on deposit in Christ fantastic escrow blessings for you.

b) The fulfillment of the escrow conditions is the execution of the Plan of God for your life. The indwelling of Christ is not a guarantee that we will receive our escrow blessings, only that they exist. We will never receive our escrow blessings until we advance to spiritual maturity, 1 Cor 3:10-14.

c) Therefore Jesus Christ is the depositary of special blessings for time and eternity, Eph 1:3, and the escrow officer who will deliver these blessings to the believer when he reaches spiritual adulthood and appears before the BEMA (Judgment seat) of Christ, 2 Cor 5:10.

7. The indwelling of Jesus Christ is the motivation for momentum in spiritual adulthood, Gal 2:20.

a) In Spiritual Self‑Esteem, you have personal love for God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Knowing Jesus Christ indwells you becomes the motivation you need to advance to Spiritual Autonomy, and to Spiritual Maturity.

b) Each one of these stages is accompanied by the Divine administration of undeserved suffering. Spiritual Self-Esteem must pass Providential Preventative Suffering to advance to Spiritual Autonomy; Spiritual Autonomy must pass Momentum Testing to reach Spiritual Maturity; and Spiritual Maturity must pass Evidence Testing to glorify God to the maximum.

c) Therefore, there must be some motivation, in addition to metabolized doctrine, to go through undeserved suffering. The specific motivation is the application of the indwelling of Christ. This becomes the motivational virtue for the advance through each stage of spiritual adulthood. There must be a strong personal love for God that continues to get stronger. It is Occupation with the Person of Christ that becomes the important motivating factor beginning at Spiritual Self-Esteem, Heb 12:3.

8. The indwelling of Jesus Christ is the basis for assigning highest priority to relationship with God over relationships with people, and to the use of Divine power over the exercise of human power, 1 John 2:24.

9. The indwelling of Jesus Christ is the basis for the glorification of Christ, the Shekinah Glory, in the unique life of the Church Age believer, John 17:22-23, 26.

D. The relationship between the indwelling of Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

1. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit provides a temple for the indwelling of Christ as the Shekinah glory, 1 Cor 3:16; 6:19-20; 2 Cor 6:16. You glorify God in your body by the knowledge of and then the execution of the Plan of God, the lifestyle of wisdom, and the unique life of the Church Age believer. The “idols” in 2 Cor 6:16 refers to the Corinthian temples. They were houses of prostitution, places where they worshipped the various Gods and Goddesses of sex. They were also the place for the best bars and best food, with a little religion thrown in on the side. As a result, Corinth was a party town. Since some of the believers were still going back there, Paul asks, “What is the rapport between those idol temples and the temple of your body?”

2. The indwelling of Jesus Christ is the beginning of the unique spiritual life. The combination of the indwelling of Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is the basis for the unique life, Rom 8:10.

3. From the indwelling of the Holy Spirit via the G.A.P. we learn about the indwelling of Jesus Christ as the Shekinah Glory, and this results in the transformation of our lives into the image of the Shekinah Glory, 2 Cor 3:14‑18.

Principles, 2 Cor 3:14:

1. The unbelieving Jews, because they had rejected Christ as savior, suffered from scar tissue of the soul. Because the Jews rejected Christ as savior, they had a veil over their minds about Christ as Messiah.

2. The veil is the scar tissue on the soul of the Jewish unbeliever. The Jews read about Christ in the Old Testament, but they did not understand and follow the pattern of Rom 9:30‑33. Therefore, they sought to be justified by the law, as per Gal 2:16.

3. This “veil”, or hardness of the soul, is abolished or removed from the Jewish mind when he believes in Jesus Christ.

Principles, 2 Cor 3:15:

1. “A veil lies over their right lobe” means that scar tissue of the soul accumulated from rejection of Christ as savior makes it impossible for them to understand even that which they customarily repeat: ADONAI ELOHENU, ADONAI ECHAD, (the Lord [Jesus Christ] is our God; the Lord [Jesus Christ] is One [Trinity]).

2. In the Dispensation of Israel, the Jews could not see Jesus Christ dwelling between the cherubs of the mercy seat atop the Ark of the Covenant in the Tabernacle. There was a veil between the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies, and the entire Tabernacle was covered. But they could see Christ from the articles of sacred furniture taught by the priests, and from the theophanies, like the cloud over the Tabernacle.

3. Today when a Jew believes in Christ, the veil is removed. Jesus Christ, the Shekinah Glory, now indwells his body. Now Christ can be seen, not literally, but by understanding, through the teaching ministry of the Spirit, the indwelling of Christ. This is the analogy of the Temple veil being torn in two after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, Mat 27:51; Mark 15:38; Luke 23:45.

Principle, 2 Cor 3:16:

Paul had to explain the blindness of the judaizers, since the Corinthians had accepted their teaching and had become legalistic.

Principles, 2 Cor 3:17:

1. The Holy Spirit is called “Lord” in Isa 6:8‑9 cf. Acts 28:25-27; Jer 31:31‑34 cf. Heb 10:15‑17.

2. This verse teaches the freedom to execute God’s Plan after conversion.

3. There are two categories of freedom, establishment and spiritual. This passage refers to spiritual freedom which exists only inside God’s Power System, (GPS), John 8:32. The filling of the Spirit provides the spiritual freedom necessary for the fulfillment of the Predesigned Plan of God and the glorification of God.

2 Cor 3:18, “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.”