How Jesus Speaks to His Followers Today

Here’s a companion post to my previous one about the indwelling Holy Spirit. This time let’s focus upon the relationship that Jesus had with the chosen twelve during His earthly life. As you know, those twelve men had the privilege of talking with Jesus, walking with Him, eating with Him, sleeping with Him, laughing with Him, being taught by Him, etc., etc., etc.

Okay, so here’s the question: How do you think the dynamics of all that activity played out on a daily basis within that group? What I mean is, do you think Peter woke up in the morning and said, “I feel like going to Jerusalem today, so let’s go”? Do you think Andrew said, “I’ve been studying and thinking a lot lately, so I’m going to be doing the teaching today”? Do you think John said, “I know what God the Father wants done in this situation, so I want the whole group to follow my lead”?

No, that’s not how things played out. Jesus was in charge of that group. He gave the daily travel plans. He did all of the teaching. He told them what God the Father wanted done in a situation. You say, “Well sure, but what does that have to do with me? I’m not around Jesus the way the chosen twelve were.” Well, Christian, if that’s your attitude, then you’ve missed the point of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

You see, the same Jesus who led the chosen twelve now lives inside you! Do you need some scriptural evidence of that? Sure, the Bible provides it.

For starters, Romans 8:9 says:

But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. (N.K.J.V.)

The teaching of this verse is plain. If an individual does not have the Holy Spirit dwelling inside him or her, that individual is not a true Christian. That’s what the words “not His” mean.

But now listen to the next verse, Romans 8:10, as it continues with this thought:

And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. (N.K.J.V., emphasis mine)

Did you catch what the Bible threw there? In verse 9, the Holy Spirit is described by the dual names “the Spirit of God” and “the Spirit of Christ.” What those dual titles show us is that Christ is God. Putting it another way, Jesus (God the Son) and God the Father are one. However, just as verse 9 says the Holy Spirit is literally in the Christian, verse 10 says that Christ is in the Christian. This proves that not only are Jesus and God the Father one, Jesus and God the Holy Spirit are also one.

What this means for you, Christian, is that you having the Holy Spirit dwelling inside you amounts to you having Jesus dwelling inside you. A parallel passage on this teaching is Ephesians 3:17, which speaks of Christ dwelling “in your hearts through faith” (N.K.J.V.). Another one is Colossians 1:27, which uses the phrase “Christ in you” (N.K.J.V.). In each of these passages the idea is that Jesus literally dwells inside the Christian’s body (by way of the indwelling Holy Spirit).

Furthermore, Jesus Himself said that having this kind of relationship with Him is even better than having the relationship the chosen twelve had with Him. In John 16:7, He says to His chosen twelve:

“…It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you” (N.K.J.V.).

We know, of course, that “the Helper” is a reference to God the Holy Spirit. Also, we know that Jesus did soon depart from those men as He died, resurrected, and ascended back up to heaven. And it was from heaven that He kept His promise to send the Holy Spirit to His followers. The story of how the Holy Spirit first began to indwell Christ’s followers is recorded in Acts chapter 2. That’s why we Christians can now rest assured that God the Holy Spirit does indeed dwell inside our bodies.

So, how should we react to this mind-blowing truth? We should spend our days and nights listening for the indwelling Holy Spirit’s voice as He speaks to us. We should hear His voice and obey it. This is our version of the chosen 12 hearing and obeying the voice of Jesus, and as such it is the the key to us walking in God’s will, being where He wants us to be, and doing what He wants us to do.

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