Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! 2 Corinthians 13:5
“Jesus Christ in you” carries a very deep meaning and very significant truths. But the busyness of the world and the false narratives that are part of the fallen world around us can pull us away from the depth of those truths. That is what happened to the people in the church at Corinth. Paul, in closing, asks them to consider what it means that “Jesus Christ is in them” and to realize what that meant. They had been pulled into their own reasoning and thinking—led astray—and needed a recalibration. They needed to remember what it meant that Jesus was in them. As a true follower of Jesus, you are different. You are a new creation. You can never be the same again! You have been changed. You have a new master. There is a change in the very core of who you are. Your hardened heart has become the dwelling place of God. Please read Isaiah 57:15. Notice in this verse where God says he lives, where he dwells. He lives in a high and holy place. We know that about God. He dwells in a pure and perfect place. But notice in this verse that he chooses another abiding place—another place to live: the heart of the contrite. He revives the heart of the contrite. He brings contrite heart to life. To be contrite is to be crushed. A heart that is broken before the Lord becomes his dwelling place. That is his promise. The proud person will never know the indwelling of the Lord. Pride must be broken for one to receive the awesome gift of the presence of God in their life. There is not room in your heart for two masters. If you desire for God to live in your heart and bring life to your heart—light to your darkness—then you must put aside your defiant stance and turn to him. When you do, he lives in you! Consider that today. What difference does it make that God lives in you?