“Abide in Christ” and “Christ in you”


Question:  If you are a Christian, is Christ in you?
Question:  Is your life different because of Christ?


Per Merriam-Webster dictionary the term “abide” has the
following meanings:

-  to endure without yielding . . .

-  to accept without objection . . .
-  to remain stable or fixed in a state . . .

Per the www.abideinchrist.com  website:   The Christian life begins with a great
exchange. Jesus Christ took your place, and died on the cross for you. All your sins were
placed upon Jesus Christ, and He died in your stead. In the great transaction Christ got all
your sin and you were clothed in his perfect righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21). Salvation
is by grace through faith for all who will believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.



The term “abide” is listed in the book Genesis, Deuteronomy,
Leviticus, Numbers, and in the New Testament the term
“Christ in you” is used.
 Let’s take a look at some NT Scripture . . .

Colossians 1:27-28 (NIV):
27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches
      of this mystery, which is
Christ in you, the hope of glory.
28 We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that
      we may present everyone perfect in Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV):
21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might
      become the righteousness of God.

Note:  In J. Vernon McGee’s “Notes & Outlines” comments on chapter 5:

“The theme is reconciliation . . . God is reconciled by what Christ has done”

2 Corinthians 13:5 (NIV):
5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you
    not realize that
Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?


Note:  In J. Vernon McGee’s “Notes & Outlines” he reminds us:

“Believers should take a take a regular inventory to see if they are in the faith.”



Galatians 2:20 (NIV):

20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.
     The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and
     gave himself for me.



Question:  If you are a Christian, is Christ in you?
Question:  Is your life different because of Christ?




The following websites were referenced Sept. 13, 2007:






J. Vernon McGee’s “Notes & Outlines” for 2 Corinthians




Also review Matthew 25:8-12 . . .




Additional Study: Matthew Henry’s commentary on 2 Cor. 5:

The necessity of regeneration, and of reconciliation with God through Christ.

The renewed man acts upon new principles, by new rules, with new ends, and in new
company. The believer is created anew; his heart is not merely set right, but a new heart
is given him. He is the workmanship of God, created in Christ Jesus unto good works.
Though the same as a man, he is changed in his character and conduct. These words must
and do mean more than an outward reformation. The man who formerly saw no beauty in
the Saviour that he should desire him, now loves him above

all things. The heart of the unregenerate is filled with enmity against God, and God is
justly offended with him. Yet there may be reconciliation. Our offended God has
reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ. By the inspiration of God, the Scriptures were
written, which are the word of reconciliation; showing that peace has been made by the
cross, and how we may be interested therein. Though God cannot lose by the quarrel, nor
gain by the peace, yet he beseeches sinners to lay aside their

enmity, and accept the salvation he offers. Christ knew no sin. He was made Sin; not a
sinner, but Sin, a Sin-offering, a Sacrifice for sin. The end and design of all this was, that
we might be made the righteousness of God in him, might be justified freely by the grace
of God through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus. Can any lose, labour, or suffer
too much for Him, who gave his beloved Son to be the Sacrifice for their sins, that they
might be made the righteousness of God in him?

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