1 John 4:13 - How To Know You Are In Christ.
1 John 4:13 " How To Know You Are In Christ.
1 John 4:13 (NIV) This is how we know that we live in him and he
in us: He has given us of his Spirit.
This is how we know. Phrases like this show up often in
John's first letter because one of his purposes in writing is to
distinguish between true Christ-followers and false ones. Conscientious
people ask themselves if they are believing the right things,
understanding the truth, and living the way God intends. John answers those
questions. And one of his answers points to the presence of the Spirit.
God's Kingdom is a place of presence. It isn't simply a
belief system competing with other ideas and ideologies, nor is it a
code of conduct competing with other lifestyles. Beliefs and
behaviors certainly belong in the Kingdom, but they alone don't define it.
Above all, the Kingdom is a realm in which the King is manifestly
present. He shows up. He may be here or there at this time or another,
always on the move and hard to get a handle on, but He doesn't remain
absent or only silently and theoretically present. He is actively
present Manifestly present. His work can be witnessed clearly.
Other religions can't claim that. They seek to know by
arguments and proofs and historical evidence - the same things Christians
often point to in apologetics discussions. We have those things, to be
sure, but we have more. We have testimony. We have experience. We have
an undeniable Spirit who has given us evidence of His work within
us and around us. We have gifts and power and attitudes that can
only have come from Him. We have divinely changed lives.
Many believers go through seasons of searching. Is He really
there? Is He active in my life? Is He any different from other belief
systems? The answer of Scripture is yes, but its even more than that.
The answer is that being in Christ" and having Christ in us are
not just theology or theory, they are experiences. He has come to
us. His Kingdom is where He dwells. [The One Year Heaven On Earth
Devotional by Chris Tiegreen]
LINK FOR FURTHER STUDY ON THIS TOPIC
LINKS WORTH CHECKING OUT
Most Important Decision in Life:
A Man without Equal by Bill Bright:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiVa7UoruIo [old, but one of the best]
Importance of Choice:
http://creationhealth.com/CREATION-Health/Choice [click on video]
Seeking God Made Real: http://vimeo.com/31489782
Prayer Made Real: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc8VdMV26VE
Musical Devotional On Christian Living:
Medical Seminar on Healthful Living by David DeRose, MD, MPH:
LINKS FOR BIBLE STUDIES
Lifting Up Jesus Bible Studies: http://www.liftingupjesus.net/
Amazing Facts Bible Studies:
Discover Bible Studies: http://studies.itiswritten.com/discover/
Glow Tract Video Bible Studies: http://www.bibleresearch.info/
LINKS FOR BIBLE PROPHECY SEMINARS
The Last Day of Prophecy by Pastor Doug Batchelor:
Restoring The Power by John Bradshaw:
Prophecies Decoded by Pastor Ron Clouzet:
Last Day Prophecy: His Other Sheep by Pastor Gerald Babanezhad: