Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
What it means to be initiated into the secret of the mystery. Part 41. The mystery of the Shekinah glory in you.
Thursday, April 7, 2005
Not only do we have the riches or the glorious riches, but we also have the source of the riches which is the glory.
We not only have access to the most fantastic riches that have ever existed, but we have more than the riches, we have the source of the riches, we have the glory.
He indwells you as He did the Old Testament Tabernacle, as a guarantee of security and prosperity and blessing.
If Jesus Christ indwelt a building in the age of Israel as a sign of protection, blessing and security, how much greater is the indwelling of Christ in the body of every believer in the Church-age?
“The hope of glory” = the mature believer’s confidence that at the point of maturity he will receive his escrow blessings which will glorify God both in time and eternity.
“Hope” = confidence or future expectation of the adult believer who recognizes that the indwelling of Jesus Christ as the Shekinah glory is the guarantee of greater blessings for time and eternity.
Knowing He indwells us gives us a very strong and powerful motivation to keep advancing through each stage of spiritual adulthood with its accompanying category of undeserved suffering.
ROM 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.
HEB 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
“Christ in you” = the confidence (hope) of receiving those escrow blessings which glorify God the Father.
The indwelling of Jesus Christ is part of our motivation to continue our momentum.
REV 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with Me.
“The hope with reference to glory” refers not only to the Lord Jesus Christ, but also to the escrow blessings deposited with Jesus Christ, the depositary, by the grantor, God the Father, in eternity past.
He conveys those blessings to His own righteousness in us, which we share by positional sanctification.
“Christ in you, the hope of glory” further speaks of capacity.
If Jesus Christ indwelt a building in the age of Israel for blessing, how much greater the indwelling of Christ in the body of every believer in this dispensation.
Hope = the nominative singular noun “elpis" = a future connotation and refers to absolute confidence. It connotes expectation of the future.
A believer who understands the purpose of the Shekinah glory will have the utmost of confidence that when he stands at the judgment seat of Christ in a resurrection body that He will receive greater blessings and rewards for the eternal state.
He indwells us for the sake of motivation and incentive.
He indwells us for the sake of blessing.
He indwells us for the sake of confidence and security.
1. The prophecy of the indwelling of Christ, JOH 14:19-20.
2. The verification of that prophecy in the Lord’s prayer for the Church, JOH 17:22-26.
3. The indwelling of Christ relates to the mystery doctrine of the Church-age only, COL 1:25-29.
1. The tables of the Law, the Ten commandments, which the Jews disobeyed.
2. Aaron’s rod that budded - a testimony to all of the sins that come from rejecting authority.
3. A golden pot of manna = the wonderful principle of logistical grace and all of the sins that come from rejecting logistical grace support.
The Shekinah or Christ indwelling the holy of holies was invisible to Israel because the Jews were to learn about Christ as the God of Israel from their doctrine.
Your body is indwelt by TLJC as Shekinah. He indwells your body but He is invisible.
The glory or the outward manifestation of the Shekinah comes when a believer executes God’s plan for his life.
When you come to love TLJC under the concept of occupation with the person of Christ then something wonderful will begin to happen - the glory will be seen.
“Kabodh adonai” - the glory of the Lord.
The holy of holies at the present time is your body.
That is invisible, and the only way the glory will ever be visible in your life is for you to get with it as a Christian and to execute God’s predesigned plan of for your life.
The first thing that Paul says concerning the indwelling of Christ is to “know yourselves” or “test yourselves.”
2CO 13:5 Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you - unless indeed you fail the test?
2CO 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
They stood fast and they followed the directions of the Lord precisely.
In your life, God says to you at certain times, “Move out.”
Then at other times He says to you, “Stand fast.”
The motivation, the security, the life and the blessing of Israel was related to the presence of the God of Israel.
You have the God of Israel, the King of kings and the Lord of Lords, the prince ruler of the church, TLJC actually indwelling your body.