God Dwells In Us

Last week, we examined Romans 5.12-21 and discussed the superiority of Christ. Today, we’ll take a brief look at last month’s lesson on atonement. How did expiation, reconciliation, and restoration take place through Christ? What is the ultimate result? What do these things lead to? What are the blessings we realize by God dwelling in us?

I. THREE PRINCIPLES WE LEARNED IN LEVITICUS 16:

  1. Expiation. (To atone for guilt or wrongdoing.)
    1. Israel’s sins and guilt had to be removed. Punishment for sin is death. Without the shedding of blood, there can be no remission of sin.
    2. The atonement in sacrifices propitiated (turns away) the wrath of God and expiated (covers) human sin.
    3. Now 1 John 2.1-3. What has happened by the power of God and the work of Jesus? He suffered our penalty in our place.
  2. Reconciliation.
    1. In Leviticus 16, the day of atonement was not just about deliverance from punishment.
    2. It was more about living fellowship between God and man. God wanted to dwell in their midst. But, this was not fully realized until Christ.
    3. 1 Corinthians 5.17-21. What has the work of reconciliation accomplished?
      1. 5.17 – we are a new creation.
      2. 18-21 – The purpose of this reconciliation.
  3. Restoration.
    1. Leviticus 16: The scapegoat was an emblem of the deliverance of mankind from the guilt and misery of sin.
    2. Colossians 1.18-23. Focus on 1.22. What is the result of the reconciliation?
    3. Romans 14.17: the kingdom is first righteousness, then peace, and then joy in the Holy Spirit.

II. WHAT EXPIATION, RECONCILIATION, AND RESTORATION ACCOMPLISH:

    1. Colossians 1.27 – The mystery had been revealed. What is it? Christ in you.
      1. See the language used here: 1.27a – riches. Abundance.
    2. It’s just an incredible reality. We are rich because Christ lives in us.
      1. Colossians 2.2b-3. Where does He live? In you.
      2. Romans 11.33 – God is rich in:
        1. Knowledge; wisdom; mercy; grace; and love.
        2. He has deposited this in all of us.
      3. This has always been His desire – 2 Corinthians 6.16. See also Galatians 2.20.

CONCLUSION:

  1. Every day of our life should be filled with praise.
  2. Day by day, deity dwells in us. Leading us home to eternity.

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