We are not trying to please men… 1 Thessalonians 2:4 (NIV) There was a second accusation against Paul—that he was motivated by a desire for the approval of others. You can see that from his answer in verses 4-6: We are not trying to please men (2:4). You know we...
“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?