Jn.14:20 – On that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you are in Me, and I in you.

I remember many years ago back in my Bible School days our teacher made us memorize today’s verse. This particular professor was not focused on scripture memorization, this is the only verse we memorized that semester. He wanted us to see the importance of this scripture verse. Not only is Christ in me, I am in Him. This is where we live, we are literally surrounded and engulfed by Him. The trick is bringing this revelation into our daily experience. This is more than what we believe, this is the very essence of our lives. This is what Augustine says about this verse.

“For as long as we are in the body, as it now is, to wit, corruptible, and encumbering to the soul, we live at a distance from the Lord; for we walk by faith, not by sight. Then accordingly it will be by sight, for we shall see Him as He is. For if Christ were not even now in us, the apostle would not say, “And if Christ be in you, the body is dead indeed because of sin; but the spirit is life because of righteousness.” But that we are also in Him even then, He makes sufficiently clear, when He says, “I am the vine, ye are the branches.” Accordingly in that day, when we shall be living the life, whereby death shall be swallowed up, we shall know that He is in the Father, and we in Him, and He in us; for then shall be completed that very state which is already in the present begun by Him, that He should be in us, and we in Him.”

Augustine says that our future state in glory is being tasted now in this life. When you are born again, Christ comes into your very life and at the same time we are in Him. We are literally surrounded and consumed by Christ Himself. As we look to Him and as Jesus said “Abide in Him” this revelation can begin to enter into our daily experience. He is our life. Jesus is not an add on to the rest of our life, He is life itself. From that place of being in Him our whole life becomes centered. Understanding our vital connection to Him effects everything about our lives.

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