1 John 3:24 - Living in Union with Christ.
1 John 3:24: Living in Union with Christ.
1 John 3:24 (ESV) Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God,
and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the
Spirit whom he has given us.
1 John 3:24 (NLT) Those who obey Gods commandments remain in
fellowship with him, and he with them. And we know he lives in us because
the Spirit he gave us lives in us.
The virgin birth is more, much more, than a Christmas story;
it is a picture of how close Christ will come to you. The first
stop on his itinerary was a womb. Where will God go to touch the
world? Look deep within Mary for an answer.
Better still, look deep within yourself. What he did with
Mary, he offers to us! He issues a Mary-level invitation to all his
children. "If you'll let me, I'll move in!"
Proliferating throughout the scriptures is a preposition that
leaves no doubt - the preposition in. Jesus lives in his children.
John was clear, "Those who obey his commands live in him, and
he in them" (I John 3:24 NIV).
Christ grew in Mary until he had to come out. Christ will
grow in you until the same occurs. He will come out in your speech,
in your actions, in your decisions. Every place you live will be a
Bethlehem, and every day you live will be a Christmas. You, like Mary, will
deliver Christ into the world.
God in us! Have we sounded the depth of this promise?
God was with Adam and Eve. God was with Abraham. God was with
Moses and the children of Israel. God was with the apostles.
But he is in you. You are a modern-day Mary. Even more so. He
was a fetus in her, but he is a force in you. He will do what you
Can't stop drinking? Christ can. And he lives within you.
Can't stop worrying? Christ can. And he lives within you.
Can't forgive the jerk, forget the past, or forsake your bad
habits? Christ can! And he lives within you. From Next Door Savior [Max
Lucado Daily Devotional at maxlucado.com]
LINKS FOR FURTHER STUDY ON THIS PASSAGE
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: