It’s a comfort to me when my heavenly Father interrupts me for a moment, as I go through the business of living out my life, to remind me of my identity in him. He likes to encourage me with the principles expressed in 1 John 4:15-16–
Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
This is a special arrangement reserved exclusively for those of us who confess out of a genuine belief and heartfelt faith that Jesus is the Son of God, and is therefore God himself. This faith in the Divine, knowledge of the Divine, and power from the Divine that is in us enlivens us, inspires us, and helps direct us. All of this, of course, is not self-originated or produced by man, but is given to us and sustained in us only by the Father’s power from on high which was prompted by his love toward us. He is the one behind our holy actions helping us to endure patiently as we move toward the ultimate victory that awaits us in the future.
Our Father has made us his spiritual home and his temple (1 Corinthians 6:19; 2 Corinthians 6:16), and if we are genuinely in Christ, it is a temple full of his love. While hatred for sin is welcome here, hatred for people is not (Galatians 5:19-21; Jude 23). The word dwell in this passage isn’t referring to something temporary, but permanent. Our Papa is not a rolling stone that comes and goes. He’s not leaving us and we’re not leaving him since our soul dwells eternally in him just like he dwells eternally in our soul. Our living arrangement will never be severed. No enemy can steal us from him, nor can they steal him from us. Neither sin nor death will have the final control of it.
These truths are why his love is complete in us and why we can stand courageously whenever the Lord brings judgment (1 John 4:17). All we need do is put his love into action in whatever way the Holy Ghost leads us to. It’s truly an honor to live in the King and to have the King live in us.
(Featured image by Anthony Pape used under Creative Commons license.)