The Interior Life
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Oftentimes when you ask a Christian to tell you about his relationship with God, his response is about how often (or not) he goes to church, reads his Bible, and prays.  When you press him to speak about his interior life, about what goes on inside between him and God, you often hear answers like Anot much,@ Ait=s pretty dead in there,@ or AHe=s pretty far away.@

Clearly, such a person is unhappily missing the point of Christianity.  Jesus said, AAbide in Me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in Me.  I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing@ (John 15:4-5 NAS).  But this person is trying to produce the fruit of righteousness without the resource of the power of life within.  He is dwelling apart from Christ, and in effect, is trying to live by the law.

Paul said, AYou were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, that we might bear fruit for God@ (Romans 7:4 NAS).  But when one tries to produce righteousness by works, apart from Christ, Paul says Ayou have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace@ (Galatians 5:4 NAS).

This doesn=t necessarily mean that such a person is not a ChristianB many have had a clear salvation experience but have never discovered the revelation of AChrist in you, the hope of glory@ (Colossians 1:27 NAS).  So part of what we are called on to do in Word Based Counseling is to help people see that Jesus came to give them life (John 10:10); that He is their life (John 14:25), and that they Ahave been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer [they] that live, but Christ lives in [them]; and the life which [they] now live in the flesh [they] live by faith in the Son of God, who loved [them], and delivered Himself up for [them]@ (Galations 2:20 NAS).

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