8 Verses that Show Jesus Christ Lives in You


In 2 Corinthians 13:5, the apostle Paul asks the Corinthian believers a question: “Or do you not realize about yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you?” We might find this phrase, “Jesus Christ is in you” surprising, or perhaps we just read over it without thinking too much about its significance. But what does this phrase mean? And what is its importance for our Christian lives today?

In saying, “Jesus Christ is in you,” Paul wasn’t speaking poetically or metaphorically. He truly meant that Jesus Christ is literally, practically dwelling within the believers. Many other verses in the Word of God confirm the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ actually dwells in His believers.

We too, like the Corinthians, need to realize this fact about ourselves. Christ is not merely outside of us, a Helper in our time of need, but He dwells in us, living in and with us all the time.

How can Christ be in us?

Christ is the holy God incarnated as a man, and we are fallen sinners. So how can Christ live in us? To accomplish His desire to dwell within mankind, God took some tremendous steps. First, God Himself became a man named Jesus Christ. This man, Jesus, lived a genuine human life on this earth, yet without sin. In His living, His actions, and His speaking, He fully expressed God.

After living and experiencing everything of human life for thirty-three and a half years, Jesus died on the cross for our sins. Through His redemptive death, we can be forgiven of our sins and brought back to God. But this is not all. After three days He rose in victory from the dead, and in resurrection He became the life-giving Spirit. As the Spirit, He is available to everyone and will enter anyone who believes into Him. Thus, when we pray to receive the Lord Jesus, God actually comes to live within us today.

8 verses that reveal Christ is in us

Although many verses reveal the wonderful truth that Christ is in His believers, we’ll highlight just eight here.

1. “But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is life because of righteousness.”Romans 8:10

We human beings were created by God with a body on the outside and a soul and spirit on the inside. Our spirit is our deepest part, created to contact and receive the Spirit of God. When we received Jesus as our Savior, He cleansed us of our sins and He came into our spirit as life. Thus, because Christ is in us, our “spirit is life because of righteousness.”

2. “Because the God who said, Out of darkness light shall shine, is the One who shined in our hearts to illuminate the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellency of the power may be of God and not out of us.”2 Corinthians 4:6-7

The apostle Paul describes the believers as earthen vessels that contain “this treasure.” What is this treasure? It is Jesus Christ, in whose face we see the glory of God. Christ lives in us earthen vessels as a precious treasure, revealing to us the glory of God from within.

3. “But when it pleased God…to reveal His Son in me.”Galatians 1:15-16

We might think this verse should read, “It pleased God…to reveal His Son to me.” But in the original language of the New Testament, Greek, the verse reads “to reveal His Son in me.” God’s plan is to reveal His Son in us, from within, rather than to us, from without. Or, to put it another way, God reveals Christ to us from within us. To those who have Christ in us, God is pleased to reveal in us more of the wonderful Person of Christ.

4. “I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.”Galatians 2:20

Here, Paul did not say “I live in a Christ-like way,” or, “I glorify Christ through my behavior.” No, he said, “Christ…lives in me,” clearly telling us that Christ lives in His believers. The Christian life is not a matter of behaving like Christ, but of allowing Christ Himself to live in and through us.

5. “My children, with whom I travail again in birth until Christ is formed in you.”Galatians 4:19

Paul viewed the believers in Galatia as his spiritual children. He had labored to help them receive Christ at their salvation, and in this verse, he continues to labor on them so that the Christ they received would be fully formed in them. Christ lives in us from the time we are saved, but He wants to be formed in us in a definite way. Day by day, we need to give Him the opportunity to be formed in us. As we do, Christ will be able to express Himself more fully through us in our daily life.

6. “That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith.”Ephesians 3:17

When we believed into Christ, He came to live in our spirit, the deepest part of our being. But Christ also wants to make His home in the rest of our inward being: our hearts and our souls. By living in our spirit, Christ is the new source of our new life. But our soul—our mind, emotion, and will—can still choose to ignore Him as our new source and go on just as before. In this case, Christ is in us, but He’s limited in us, kept only in our spirit. So He cannot be expressed through us very much. The Lord Jesus wants to make His home not only in our spirit, but also in all the parts of our soul.

7. “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”Colossians 1:27

This verse shows that Christ is in us in a particular way: as our hope of glory. When we believed in Him, Christ came to live in our spirit. Now He is making His home in our hearts. In the future, when He returns, He will even spread to our body outwardly so that God’s glory can shine through us in a full way. The Christ who lives in us is our hope of such glory.

8. “When He comes to be glorified in His saints and to be marveled at in all those who have believed.”2 Thessalonians 1:10

Christ’s second coming will surely be a marvel. But according to this verse, the most marvelous thing will not be the outward display of His coming; it will be His glory revealed from within His believers. The Christ in us, who lives in us and is being formed in us, will be revealed from within us, and even our bodies will be transformed to match Him.

What a glory to God, a marvel to man, and a shame to the devil, that people on this earth would choose to receive Christ and allow Him to grow in them and express Himself through them throughout their lives!

Seeing in God’s Word that Christ lives in us

We encourage you to get into these eight verses, and others like them, with the help of the notes and cross-references in the New Testament Recovery Version. God’s Word can give us a proper and solid understanding of this precious truth, that Christ lives in us, and help us to realize about ourselves, just as Paul exhorted the Corinthians, that Christ is indeed in us. Such a realization will enrich our experience and enjoyment of Christ in a practical, daily way.

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28 thoughts on “8 Verses that Show Jesus Christ Lives in You

  1. Ive learned so much from these books. Really fill my heart. Im going to read them over n over. Ty n God Bless

  2. I love reading these books and I have learn a lot by these books .. Amazing what God can do .what he s done for others he will do for you.. Thank you Dear Jesus ..

  3. The Spirit of Jesus Christ is mingled with our regenerated spirit. As we call on the Lord to be our very life moment by moment our soul(mind, will and emotions) are being transformed to be more and more like Christ.

    1. Hi Ken,

      This is an excellent question. The Bible has many verses concerning our spiritual nourishment. We’ll list just a few below.

      “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out through the mouth of God.”—Matthew 4:4

      “As newborn babes, long for the guileless milk of the word in order that by it you may grow unto salvation.”—1 Peter 2:2

      “Your words were found and I ate them, and Your word became to me the gladness and joy of my heart.”—Jeremiah 15:16

      As we can see from these verses, a major way for us to feed our spirit is with God’s Word.

      And Ephesians 6:17-18 helps us to see how God’s Word can feed our spirit: “And receive…the sword of the Spirit, which Spirit is the word of God, by means of all prayer and petition.” This verse tells us that prayer and the Word should go together, and when we receive God’s Word will prayer and petition, this Word nourishes us.

      For example, during our Bible reading we may be struck by a particular verse. When this happens, we don’t have to just keep reading; we can take that verse and make it our prayer to the Lord. Perhaps we’re struck by John 8:12: “He who follows me shall by no means walk in darkness.” We can pray, “Lord, I praise You for being the light. Thank You, Lord, when I follow You, I am not in darkness. Lord, make me someone who always follows You. Cause me to follow You in all my decisions. Keep me following You my whole life.” When we pray like this, we are taking God’s Word as our spiritual food.

      For more about praying with God’s Word, take a look at this post on What the Bible Really Is. We hope you find this helpful!

    2. Your soul is your mind will emotions and conscience. This makes up your spirit mad and you feeding your soul would be reading your bible and beginning to walk into Gods love. You feed your body in fleshly form, but feeding your soul is different. Let God come in and constantly read his word. It will fill your emptiness and make you whole. Daily feed your spirit.

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  5. John 14:26 “The comforter the Holy Spirit whom the father will send in my name” Holy Spirit must live in you very powerful the holy spirit talks and guides matt 10:20

  6. we understand what god has taught us through the days that he has brought his son to love and heal and save those who are hurt ,sick or under the influence of satan but he said my people are chosen by me for they will live as one in my name and i shall blot the wicked from my book which it is in heaven but it is not late for you please talk to god and say save me for i am the light of the world but i am adopted by god as his adopted son and his son lives in me and i have to say some thing i am who i am he is saying get ready for when i send my son to save you from your accuser who is in hell please say it now the time is now

  7. So true! Thanks for sharing this truth online, and allowing us to share our heart.

    Our Lord cannot work through us, until He can first work within us. Our ego takes up a lot of space; our pride and self-importance and self-superiority take up too much space within us. Nick (John 3) could not understand how we can be born again, but his mind was on the corporeal, but we have an incorporeal being; our soul. We are not temporal like our mortal shell, for we transcend this life.

    But we must allow that inner person to die, before we can be reborn. We must vacate those places deep within us; we must give up our strongholds of those internal dark rooms, and let the lights be turned on in there; we must allow all those hiding places to be exposed, and allow our all Loving Lord to release us from all that darkness; allow Him to illuminate us, unto ourselves. Was blind but now I see! There, we surrender it all unto Him: We repent! We are then cleansed, starting on the inside, and we allow the Master to recreate us. But the Carpenter cannot remodel the home until He is allowed in!

    The Biggest “IF” in the Universe!
    There is therefore now, no condemnation to those who are IN Christ Jesus, and who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. But the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh, so that the righteousness of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For they who are according to the flesh, mind the things of flesh, but they who are according to the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be Spiritually minded is life and peace, because the carnal mind is enmity against God, for it is not subject to the Law of God, neither indeed can it be.

    So then, they who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, IF the Spirit of God dwells in you. But IF anyone has not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His. And IF Christ is in you, indeed the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But IF the Spirit of the One who raised up Christ from the dead dwells in you, the One who raised up Christ from the dead shall also make your mortal bodies alive by His Spirit who dwells in you. Therefore brothers; we are not debtors to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For IF you live according to the flesh, you shall die. But IF you, through the Spirit, mortify the deeds of the body; you shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. (Rom 8:1-14)

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  9. Hubbs and I were JUST talking about this very issue one week ago. I’m elated to have stumbled upon this treasure trove of truth. Also made a list for use in my ‘Scripture-based comebacks’ to muslims who often challenge us.

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  10. I just encountered a racial remark that could have been damaging to my mentality if the Spirit of God was not within me. A man by the name of Mitch came on my site and stated that I could not afford a ceramic cross of Jesus that I’m selling because I’m black, Mitch’s actual words. In seeing this I was not disturbed by his comment but simply responded, “I am God.” His response was “Lol.”

    I don’t know why I said what I said, it just came out.

    That was over 30 minutes ago and I haven’t heard from him since.

    I prayed for Mitch then went over scripture regarding my statement. I got the answer I was looking for to my great pleasure.

    Your article is well written and founded. Peace be with you.

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  12. Thank you for bringing out the truth on his subject of the Believer being one with Christ Jesus. To many, it is vague and some may even wonder as Mary wondered in Luke 1: 34: “How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?”. When we operate in the flesh of course it seems vague or impossible. But “is any thing too hard for the Lord? (Genesis 18:14: Luke 1:37; Jer.32:17). But when “we live by faith and not by sight” (2 Cor.5:7 NIV), then the Holy Spirit will make it real for us and we begin to experience His power, “according to the power that worketh in us” (Eph.3:20). Again I appreciate your initiative on this subject hope this contribution will bless somebody.

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