Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
What it means to be initiated into the secret of the mystery. Part 37. The indwelling of Jesus Christ and the glory of God being revealed through you.
Thursday, March 31, 2005
a. The sealing ministry of the Holy Spirit as a guarantee and a down-payment of the blessing and the security from God.
b. The indwelling of Jesus Christ.
Shekinah - the invisibility of Christ, the God of Israel, indwelling different forms of manifestations in the Old Testament = a theophany.
These manifestations were to teach, instruct, guide and direct the people of God.
In the Old Testament, they saw a theophany, and an inanimate theophany, the cloud, said He was there, the pillar of fire said He was there.
Today, people cannot see the Shekinah glory in you, but they can see the glory of God being revealed through you.
The day of the virgin birth of our Lord was the last day any overt manifestation of TLJC existed.
Never again are there theophanies, instead there are Christophanies which are manifestations of the humanity of Christ in resurrection body.
He indwelt the sacred building as a sign of blessing and security in Israel.
When the Jews went into the Babylonian captivity, between the two cherub angels in the Temple, something happened - the Shekinah glory left.
Today TLJC is at the right hand of the Father where we cannot see Him until we go to heaven, but in the meantime He also indwells our bodies, invisibly.
Just like the Jews could not see the Shekinah glory in the OT but could see a manifestation of His presence, so we can reveal the Shekinah glory or the indwelling of Christ to the world and to each other through our body, the temple of the living God.
It is our privilege and responsibility to rest in Him where He is, because that is where we are positioned in Him.
At the same time He abides in us here below, by means of the Spirit.
COL 1:27 to whom God willed to make known what is the glorious riches of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the confidence of the glory.
This is called reciprocal union, we are “in Him,” He is in us, the ultimate oneness.
1PE 1:8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,
1PE 4:14 If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.
The glory includes the indwelling of the person of Jesus Christ, the Shekinah glory.
“Hina” introduces a purpose clause = “that” or “in order that.”
Perfected - per-pass-part - teleioo = complete or matured.
“In unity” - preposition eis + accusative neuter singular - numeral “heis.”
Eis + accusative neuter singular - numeral heis = with reference to one.
REV 4:11 “Worthy art Thou, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for Thou didst create all things, and because of Thy will they existed, and were created.”
We have been given the Shekinah glory to indwell our bodies and to fulfill God’s plan and therefore glorify God with His very own glory.
The greatest sacrifice of God the Father was the ultimate sacrifice - He gave His uniquely born Son.
One of at least 15 different reasons for the indwelling of Jesus Christ in your body is a sign that God loves you just as He loved Jesus Christ His son.
1. Personal love for God, the highest motivation in life.
2. Then you will develop impersonal unconditional love for all mankind.
The great objective is to have God’s love in us which will give us the ability to handle any problem in life.
Stewardship - noun okoinomia = dispensation.
Those in Israel had Jesus Christ indwelling their tabernacle, they could not see Him because He was between the cherubs in the holy of holies, but they could see the cloud that covered the tabernacle.
When Jesus Christ came in the flesh, the incarnation, He came as the God-man.
We have the Shekinah glory indwelling humanity in order to achieve impeccability and be qualified to go to the cross and die for our sins.
When the Church-age came we have the Shekinah glory indwelling the body of every believer.
The manifestation or the reflection of His glory was seen in the cloud and the pillar of fire and other theophanies.
While Jesus Christ indwelling our bodies cannot be seen, there are certain conditions in which the manifestations of His glory can be seen.
2CO 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.
He even warned pastors not to make the mistake of mixing dispensations, 2TI 2:15.
1. The baptism of the Spirit.
2. The predesigned plan of God.
3. Mystery doctrine.
4. Escrow blessings.
5 . The equality factor.
6. The royal commissions.
7. The indwelling of the Trinity.
8. The availability of divine power.
9. The absence of prophecy.
10. The principles of becoming a spiritual champion or invisible hero.
Saints - dative of advantage = hagios.
1CO 12:7 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
1JO 4:9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.