5 Verses that Show Jesus Christ Lives in You
“Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you” (2 Corinthians 13:5)
In saying, “Christ is in you,” Paul wasn’t speaking metaphorically. He truly meant that Jesus Christ is actually dwelling in his believers.
Like the Corinthians, we too need to understand this fact about ourselves. Christ is not just outside of us, as a helper in our tough times, but He dwells in us, living in and with us all along.
While there are many verses that reveal the wonderful truth “Christ is in His believers”, we’ll highlight just five here:
1. “And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.”—Romans 8:10
Humans are created with a body on the outside and a soul & spirit inside. Our spirit is created to truly receive the Spirit of God. When we took Jesus as our Savior, He purified us of our sins and came into our spirit as life. Thus, as Christ is in us, our “spirit is life because of righteousness.”
2. “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”—2 Corinthians 4:6-7
Apostle Paul describes God’s followers as earthen vessel of a treasure. This treasure is Jesus Christ, in whose face we see the glory of God. Christ lives in us as a precious treasure, showing us the glory of God from within us.
3. “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood”—Galatians 1:15-16
Amongst the many other plans God has for us, one of them is to reveal His Son in us, from within, rather than to us, from without. In simple terms, God reveals Christ to us within us.
4. “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”—Galatians 2:20
Here, Paul does not say that he lives in a Christ-like way or he glorifies Christ through his behavior. He clearly states that Christ lives in him, revealing to us that Christ lives in his believers. The purpose of Christian living in not behaving like Christ, instead allowing Christ himself to live in us, through us.
5. “My children, with whom I travail again in birth until Christ be formed in you.”—Galatians 4:19
Paul considered the believers in Galatia as his spiritual children. He labored to help them receive Christ at their salvation and continues to labor on them so that Christ would be fully formed in them. We receive Christ from the time we are saved, but he must be formed within us in a significant way. Everyday we need to give him an opportunity to be formed in us. When we do this, Christ will be able to express himself completely through us in our daily life.