Stylos is the blog of Jeff Riddle, a Reformed Baptist Pastor in North Garden, Virginia. The title "Stylos" is the Greek word for pillar. In 1 Timothy 3:15 Paul urges his readers to consider "how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar (stylos) and ground of the truth."
Image (left side): Decorative urn with title for the book of Acts in Codex Alexandrinus.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Reflections on the indwelling Christ (Galatians 2:20)
Here's another snippet from my notes from last Sunday's sermon, in which we reflected on Paul's teaching of the indwelling Christ in Galatians 2:20:
Paul also describes in v. 20 the indwelling presence of Christ in the life
of the believer. As he says, “nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth
in me:and the life which I now live in
the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God….”
If you are a believer this means Christ is living in you. This has some valuable practical
For one thing, the fact that Christ is living in you spiritually should
make you want to stay far away from that which is sinful and evil.Would you want to bring the pure Christ who
dwells in you into contact with anything that is vile and evil?In 1 Corinthians 6 Paul warns the believers
there about the sin of fornication, sexual impurity, and he says this:
KJV 1 Corinthians
6:15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take
the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.
For another, positively, the indwelling Christ will draw you to that which
is altogether good, noble, just and edifying.The great positive aid to our practical sanctification is the fact that
Christ lives in us.
And for yet another, the indwelling spirit of Christ in us immediately
finds fellowship and kinship with our fellow believers, as like call to like
and deep calls to deep.The spirit of
Christ in us resonates with the spirit of Christ indwelling the lives of our
fellow saints.This is why Christians
can enjoy a special and usually immediate affinity with one another.