“Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 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 1:26-27).
The greatest thing that could ever happen to a human person is to have and know the Lord Jesus Christ. In the introductory verse above, the Bible reveals the mystery that had been hidden for ages and generations past but has now been manifested: “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
In Scripture, the name “Christ” is sometimes used to refer to the person of Jesus, while in other instances, it means the Church, which is His body. However, in its simple definition, “Christ” refers to the anointed One and His anointing.
Understanding this is important because the man Jesus doesn’t live in you. It’s only acceptable in generic terminology to say Jesus lives in you. In reality, Jesus ascended to heaven and He’s seated at the right hand of the Father (Ephesians 1:20). It’s the Holy Spirit who brings His presence and makes His anointing known and available to God’s people today (John 14:16-18).
So, when the Bible says Christ is in you, it means the totality of the character and nature of the Lord Jesus and all that His anointing represents are in you. In other words, all of His life and the power and glory of His anointing reside in you. And that, the Bible says, is “the hope of glory!” Christ in you is your hope for a life of glory. If you’re sick in your body today, what you need is the manifestation of Christ in your body. When Christ is manifested, everything that’s not of God will leave.
This understanding is important because when a man is born again, he is recreated in his human spirit. The life of God supplants the human life with which he was born, and he becomes a new man. However, his soul – the seat of his emotions, will, and thoughts – remains the same; that’s why a person could be born again and still have the wrong thoughts in his mind. But when Christ is manifested in your soul, you would think the thoughts of God and do His will (Romans 12:2).
Just as your mind is not instantly transformed at the new birth, your body also doesn’t change the moment you become a Christian. This is why someone could be born again and still be sick and afflicted in his body. But when Christ is manifested in your body, the necessary result would be healing and divine health.
Every child of God is God’s dwelling place (1 Corinthians 3:16), but Christ can only manifest Himself in the life of the one who keeps His Word. He’ll manifest Himself in your soul by taking charge of your mind and giving you thoughts of God. He’ll also manifest Himself in your body by showing Himself alive in your tissues and organs, giving you divine healing and health.
This is what you need in your life. Much more than the healing, you need the Lord whose divine presence vitalizes your mortal body through His Spirit that lives in you. No sickness or infirmity can remain if He is manifested in your body!
Make it a priority in your life to have a rich fellowship with the Lord Jesus and exalt His Word in your life. Jesus said, “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:23).
What you really need is a relationship with the Lord and His manifested presence in your life. Then, you can say, “Christ lives in me now. Therefore, this pain cannot continue. Jesus is Lord over my spirit, soul, and body; no disease can stay in me!” Praise God!