Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Divine Indwelling

The doctrine of the divine indwelling is one of the most important in the New Testament, and its meaning for the individual Christian is precious beyond all description. To neglect it is to suffer serious loss. The apostle Paul prayed for the Ephesian Christians that Christ might dwell in their hearts by faith. Surely it takes faith of a more than average vitality to grasp the full implications of this great truth.

Two facts join to make the doctrine difficult to accept: the supreme greatness of God and the utter sinfulness of man. Those who think poorly of God and well of themselves may chatter idly of "the deity within," but the man who trembles before the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy, the man who knows the depth of his own sin, will detect a moral incongruity in the teaching that One so holy should dwell in the heart of one so vile.

That Incredible Christian - A. W. Tozer

This particular item has been pricking my spirit for the last 6 months or so. How would a God so Holy even want to dwell in me, a man not only prone to wander, but just plain vile!

I then was listening to the song "All the Heavens" by Third Day on their album Offereings: A Worship Album. Their lyrics resounded A. W. Tozer's:

As Your children gather in peace
All the angels sing in Heaven
In your temple all that I seek
Is to Glimpse Your holy presence

All the heavens cannot hold You, Lord
How much less to dwell in me?
I can only make my one desire
Holding on to Thee

All the angles exalt You on high
What a kingdom to depart!
But You left Your throne in the sky
Just to live inside my heart


I will always make my one desire
Holding on to Thee

This has gotten me to think about the indwelling of my God inside of me.

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