1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16)
The spirit of Christ is within me. What a difference this realization makes! If it is not obvious that Christ is present in my life it is because my self-centredness has got in the way. However, when I realize that the Spirit of Christ dwells within me, living the Christian life becomes not just a matter of my believing in or trying to follow Christ, it is allowing the spirit of Christ within me to have free expression through my personality. Spiritual entities do not remain separate and isolated; they merge or coinhabit. In that way Christ abides in me and I am constantly being called to abide in him. Paul could say in writing to the Christians in Corinth, “We have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16). The motivation to live the life of love to God and neighbour is there, deep within me, but do I give that spirit of Christ the opportunity to lead? The Spirit of Christ may also be spoken of as the Spirit or Power of God and it is by that Spirit that the Gospel is proclaimed and people come to believe, not by the power of rational argument, not by the use of lofty words of human wisdom, but by the power of God (1 Corinthians 2: 1-12). The light of God shines through the Christ-presence within us, but if we, through our self-centredness, smother the light so that it no longer shines out into the world we have hindered the work of the Spirit, and like salt that has lost its salty taste we are useless in the service of God (Matthew 5:13-20). It is not our light, but the light of the Christ who is within us that must shine forth.
- What is the difference between living by faith in Christ and living by the Spirit of Christ is within us?
- “Spiritual entities do not remain separate and isolated; they can merge or coinhabit.” Does this help you understand the idea of God as Trinity?
- Give examples of human self-centredness suppressing or getting in the way of the Christ within?
- How can the church be the light of the world?