Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
The main reasons for the Shekinah Glory.
We began to note some of the reasons for the “Shekinah Glory” or the indwelling of Christ within the believer.
And I would like to begin by reminding you of some of those reasons or those signs that He is there.
1) He is a sign that you are Royal Family.
2) He is a guarantee of fantastic blessings which are deposited in your escrow blessings that have been reserved for you from eternity past.
Since TLJC is the one who possesses all of our blessings in our escrow account and the one who distributes these blessings when we’re able to receive them, the indwelling of Christ is a guarantee that we have escrow blessings awaiting us.
Remember, one of the blessings of the mature believer is capacity to enjoy life;
ECC 6:1-2There is a man to whom God has given riches and wealth and honor so that his soul lacks nothing of all that he desires and God has empowered him to enjoy those blessings.
3) He indwells us as protection and a guarantee of eternal security that He has provided for us as the “Shikinah Glory”.
JOH 10:28, and I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand.
Therefore, our position in Christ guarantees Rom 8:1, There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Look how clear the apostle Paul gets right to the point; ROM 8:38For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
ROM 8:39nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I love how Jude deals with this subject in JUD 1:24Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy.
The believer is held by God’s hand, and He will never let go.
PSA 37:23-24, The steps of a man are established by the Lord; And He delights in his way. When he falls, he shall not be hurled headlong; Because the Lord is the One who holds his hand.
2TI 2:12-13, If we endure, we shall also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He also will deny us; If we are faithless, He remains faithful; for He cannot deny Himself.
GAL 3:26, We are born into God’s family, we cannot be unborn.
In 1PE 1:5We are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Christ, the head of the body, can never say to any member of the body (a believer) that He does not need him.
Once you know and understand the indwelling of Christ it becomes a motivator for momentum in spiritual growth.
4) Jesus Christ indwells you as a motivator.
He is there to motivate you.
He is there to remind you that you are a member of the royal family……that you are royalty!
5) But you are not royalty because of you, you are royalty because He is living within you.
6) He is also there to motivate you concerning your failures and your fears.
He is the guarantee that you have eternal security.
7) He is the guarantee that you have escrow blessings and the ability to receive from them whatever you desire to do so.
This is where motivational virtue and personal love for God begins to be developed.
This is the motivation you need to understand and live in.
Now, the present trend in Christianity today is the introduction to another reason why Jesus Christ indwells your body.
Everywhere that you turn today people emphasis is taking precedent over God emphasis.
Everyone seems to be focusing in on unity rather than doctrine.
Your responsibility as a Christian is to be kind to your fellow man and operate in agape love but you are not to compromise your doctrinal convictions.
The emphasis in Christianity is not people, that is a result but not the first priority.
The present trend in Christianity is to emphasize our experience and relationship with people.
And this leads to the erroneous philosophy that if you’re right with your relationship with people that you’re right with your relationship with God.
For instance, After Adam and the woman got right with each other in the garden of Eden what did they do when the Lord came walking in the garden?
Did they hold each other’s hands and say we are loving each other now, Lord?
No they hid themselves! They had to hide!
And why did they have to hide?
Because they were spiritually dead! Their relationship with each other was good but their relationship with the Lord was not.
They adjusted to each other but they did not adjust to the Lord.
And if you can get along with people it doesn’t mean that you’re a good Christian.
The point is, what is your number one priority in your relationship with others as a believer?\
It is not operation fig-leaves.
The answer is your experience with God is much more important than your experience with people.
However, most believers cannot talk about their relationship with God because they do not know the reasons why the Lord, as the Skekinah Glory and God the Holy Spirit and God the Father indwell their physical body.
Let me ask you a question, ‘Who are the individuals you like being around the most?” Well, they are normally the ones that your closest to.
Well, who is closer to you God or people?
The members of the Trinity are closer to you than people.
Therefore, our number one priority is our relationship with God not people.
And that is when believers start to grow up and become spiritual adults.
People will let you down, God will not.
If you put people first you can count on a life of misery.
The whole emphasis in Christianity should be God emphasis over people emphasis.
Everyone seems to want counsel concerning human relationships when it is relationship with God that really counts?
They have the wrong priorities.
The plan of God teaches that there must be a right experience with God before there can be a right experience with people.
It is not what people think that counts but what God thinks.
A wrong experience with God means a wrong relationship with people.
Now, the point is simply this, since the day that you believed in TLJC a whole new system of priorities was established without your consent.
And the system of priorities begins with the fact that God the Father indwells your body…..God the Son indwells your body…. and God the Holy Spirit indwells your body.
And they are closer to you than all the people in the world.