Christ In You

By: Åge M. Åleskjær
From: September 2008
Found in: Christ in you
Christ is all and in all. He Himself is all you need––and all the world need as well. And He is already in you! So let’s discover the indwelling Jesus!

The Revelation of Christ

The new covenant is based on the revelation of the resurrected and glorified Christ! Even those who had known Him according to the flesh had to learn to know Him in a different way. He is no longer here physically, and Paul makes a great point of the fact that the Resurrected One is now in focus.

“And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.” (1 Corinthians 15:14)

“Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:16-17)

The whole experience of Christ is now moved to another frequency: “The world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also.” (John 14:19)

This is a Jesus-centered preaching, where everything is in Christ.

All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are present and hidden in Him. In Him all the fullness of the Godhead lives in bodily form. Christ is all, and is in all. (Colossians 2:2-3, 2:9-10, 3:3-4 and 3:11)

Christ–God’s power and God’s wisdom

We preach Christ; He is the power of God and the wisdom of God. In Him all the promises of God are yes, and Christ is our life. We are in Him and He is in us (2 Cor 1:19-20 and John 15:4-5).

“But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God – and righteousness and sanctification and redemption – that, as it is written: He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:30-31)

The revelation of “Christ being the mystery of God” is a major part of the message revealed to Paul. (Col 2:2-3) The keywords “in Him” are mentioned in Paul’s letters several hundred times! This is because the secret of the Gospel is hidden in this very truth.

A.B. Simpson’s well-known article “Himself” is just fantastic. When he discovered Christ, everything became transformed and changed! Read this well-known article that has blessed millions of Christians all over the world:www.GlobalGraceNetwork.com/absimpson

The revelation of Christ in us

The truth about “Christ in us” is a core truth of the gospel. When Paul was given the stewardship to fulfill the word of God, and to reveal the mystery which had been hidden from ages and from generations,  it was about this: “...the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.” (Colossians 1:26-28)

When we discover that Christ in us is the key, we then discover “our new me.” For “My self” is crucified with Christ and lives no longer, and the life we now live is a life with “Christ in us.”

Some have problems in receiving this message. They think: “What about my talents and gifts, my potential and what God has put in me? Will this never be discovered?”

Christ is our life. We are in Him and He is in us.

Here is the answer: You become a part of a body; you become a member of Christ’s body. It is not about you anymore, but about Him. Therefore He has given you something that will come to its full right when you disappear in Him. Your new I, “Christ in you,” has of course in it all your abilities, gifts, equipment and creativity. But all glory and honor belongs to Him who works in us. When the snowflakes fall each of them are beautiful, glittering and unique. None are alike! However, it is not while they are falling they fulfill their full mission, even though they are really beautiful. It is when the snow is lying there as a beautiful carpet covering the ground that every snowflake is in its right element!

“Hidden with Christ in God” is a glorious place!

God’s glory shines forth from us

When we have Christ in us, the light is shining in our heart. He Himself is the light! Then the glory of God, which is in the face of Jesus Christ, shines forth from us. This is God’s method to enlighten the minds of the unbelievers, since the god of this age has blinded their minds.

We have this treasure in earthly vessels so that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.

By Christ in us, the life of Jesus can also be revealed through our mortal bodies. There is healing in the indwelling Christ!
In earlier times He was Immanuel, “God with us.” He was with us and lived among us. However, when the new covenant came He moved into us! “At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.” (John 14:20)

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” (John 15:4)
This is the key! He lives in us and moves in us, Christ, who knows how to live the Christian life! Without Him we can do nothing, but in Him we can do everything! His presence in us is the whole difference. This is the mystery of the Gospel!

This is the key! He lives in us and moves in us, Christ, who knows how to live the Christian life!

Our own life is hidden in Christ and is not what counts anymore. Christ has now become our life!

A testimony of “Christ in us”

Ray McCauley pastors a huge Church in South-Africa. One day as he commanded an evil spirit to leave a person, the evil spirit refused and said: “I am the kind that does not leave without prayer and fasting, and you have not fasted so I will not go.” This is the typical strategy of the devil, trying to steal our faith by moving our focus towards ourselves. However, Jesus gave wisdom to the pastor and he replied: “Yes, I have fasted, for Jesus in me has fasted 40 days and 40 nights, and in His name you have to leave!” And, of course, that is exactly what happened.

So let us not look at ourselves and check whether our own righteousness, our own effort, our own love or our own faith is good enough. 

Our own life is hidden in Christ and is not what counts anymore. Christ has now become our life! (Colossians 3:3-4, Galatians 2.20) This means that it is not our own faith that counts anymore, but Jesus’ faith within us. It is not our own righteousness that counts anymore, but Jesus’ righteousness given to us and Him being our righteousness.

He Himself is now our righteousness, peace, joy, wisdom, strength, love, hope, faith, ability, light and life. He is our healer and He Himself is our healing. He is all we will ever need!

By: Åge M. Åleskjær

Former Senior Pastor at Oslo Christian Center, now spending most of his time ministering all over Norway and internationally.

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