I’m sure you’ve asked the question of someone wanting to know the Lord, “Would you like to ask Jesus into your heart?” As I’ve researched for this article, I think that another question could be asked: “Would you like to be in Christ?” I actually found many more references referring to being in Christ rather than Him being in me. So, let me try to unravel this tapestry. The truth is simple: I am in Christ and He is in me. You are in Christ and He is in you. And this is wonderful!
Consider the Lord’s prayer recorded in John, chapter 17. As you know, this was prayed just before the arrest of our Lord. He concludes in verses 20-26. Notice the preposition “IN.”
“I pray not only for these, but also for those who believe IN Me
through their message. May they all be one, as You, Father, are IN Me and I am IN You. May they also be one IN Us, so the world may believe You sent Me. I have given them the glory You have given Me. May they be one as We are one. I am IN them and You are IN Me.
May they be made completely one, so the world may know You have sent Me and have loved them as You have loved Me. Father, I desire those You have given Me to be with Me where I am. Then they will see My glory, which You have given Me because You loved Me before the world’s foundation. Righteous Father! The world has not known You.
However, I have known You, and these have known that You sent Me.
I made Your name known to them and will make it known, so the love You have loved Me with may be IN them and I may be IN them.”
“May they also be one IN Us (the Father and the Son) I am IN them and You are IN Me The love You have loved Me with may be IN them and I may be IN them.” These phrases are of particular interest.
When Jesus comes into someone’s heart, He doesn’t physically come in. He comes in through the Holy Spirit. The Trinity is IN you and me! Perhaps the wonder of this fact is that you and I are also IN the Trinity. Jesus prayed for perfect love and unity. Think of this! We are IN one another IN Christ. We are “the whole building, being put together by Him, growing into a sanctuary IN the Lord.” We are “being built together for God’s dwelling IN the Spirit.” (Eph. 2:21-22c)
Brothers and Sisters, I pray that this love and unity IN Christ, with Him IN us, may become unmistakably evident to the world that needs Jesus so desperately! “…so the world may know…” (John 17:23) Without love and unity, the world will never believe the Gospel. (John 13:34-35, 17:20-26)