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Genuine Faith Is an Inside Job

July 7, 2020

“You know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” John 14:17 (NIV)

Notice what Jesus says here about the Holy Spirit: “He lives with you and will be in you” (14:17). Now that’s invasive! The Spirit of God will live with you and will be in you. Christ lives with us in our home until He takes us to live with Him in His home.

What does a non-invasive faith do for you—believing that there once was a man called Jesus, that He was God, and that He rose from the dead? How does that make a difference in your life? How can that comfort you in suffering? How can that give you strength to face the world today?

Jesus says, “I will come to you. We will make our home with you. The Holy Spirit will be with you and in you. Because I live you will live also” (John 14:18, 23, 17, 19, author’s paraphrase). Christ gave Himself for us on the cross. Christ gives Himself to us by the Holy Spirit.

We participate in all that He has accomplished for us by the Holy Spirit. The work of Christ does indeed “invade” every aspect of the true Christian’s life.

How have you seen change in your life since you became a believer in Jesus? Has this change been noticed by others as well?


The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the Senior Pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the President and Teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.



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