God lives where?

Shortly before the death of Jesus He told is disciples of events that would take place after He had been crucified and risen again from the dead. The story is found in John 14: 19-24 “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me, because I live, you will live also. At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. He who has My commandments and keep them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

There is a lot going on in this statement we need to understand. The first is His physical presence was leaving the earth and the world would no longer see Him, thus leading them to believe anything He said while He was alive could now be dismissed since He was no longer present. But in the second statement, He tells His followers they would see Him, and live because He lives. But that isn’t all He said. He went on to say that we would be in Him, and He in us, and the Father would be in both of us. If we are all in one another, that makes all of us one. This is another way of saying that we have all things common. They withhold nothing from me, and I withhold nothing from them. Their resources are mine, and mine is theirs, we are united as one in thought and action. Their goals becomes my goals. Their desire my desire. It is no longer me and them as in two separate parties, but it is now us, one party, one team, one objective, that of showing the love of the Father to a dying world just as Jesus did when He was present on earth in bodily form.

Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words: and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent me.”

Jesus began the first half of this teaching talking about His leaving and then manifesting Himself to those who kept His commandments, but in this portion of those scriptures He has been asked the question, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus reveals to him that we will be the one’s revealing Him to the world. And this will be done by the love we have for Him, and the love we have for one another. He said, if we would love Him, we would be loved by His Father, and they would come and make their home with us. What this means is that our body becomes the temple of God when we are born again. Or, in other words, the Father and the Son take up residence in us when we make a committment to them. He completed His statement by saying not only could we know who loves Him, and who doesn’t, but the world would also know. How could the world tell who loves Him and who doesn’t?  Those who profess to be Christians but do not keep His word, do not love Him. That is pretty plain speaking. Isn’t it ironic that both the Christian and the world can tell who loves Him and who doesn’t the same way? If we love Him, we will put His Word into practice in our life. If we don’t love Him, we won’t. The church may fool some people into thinking they are Christians, but we don’t fool those who need love. DThrash

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