[Union with Christ] God Manifest in the Flesh


Issue #2517 November 07, 2010


“One God and Father of all, Who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Ephesians 4:6).

So, where on earth is God?

God is in us! The God of the universe lives in you and me. We are His dwelling place on earth today, and we take Him with us everywhere we go, making every act of ours is an act of worship. What a blessed privilege that is. If folks are going to meet God, they are going to meet Him in us.

Jim Palmer has wonderfully brought this truth to focus for us when he wrote,

God is in our neighborhood because I carry His divine life within me. I put God… in close proximity to others. With God in me, simply being present and available is “ministry.”…

I’ve come to see the significance of my encounters with people is not pointing them to God as much as actually being an expression of God. The “Body of Christ” metaphor has grown in significance for me – that Christ continues His presence and ministry on earth in, through and as us…

God is not somewhere up in the sky; He’s living His life in and through us, the Body of Christ, in the neighborhoods where we live, the places we work and play, and the people we come across each day. – Wide Open Spaces (2007), pages 34-35, 43

What a glorious mystery revealed to us by our Apostle, Paul; one that he calls, “the great mystery;” “the mystery of godliness.”

“This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church” (Ephesians 5:32).

“To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).

“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” (I Timothy 3:16).

Godliness is not some moral or religious code followed; rather it is “God manifest in the flesh.” We are God’s dwelling place, and He seeks the manifestation of the life of His Son in our mortal flesh,

“Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh” (II Corinthians 4:10-11).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
© Bible Student’s Notebook™

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