Yeah, I know…I’m going straight to Hell. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200. Before you start forming your lynch mob, listen closely:
Jesus is NOT in your heart.
Jesus is in Heaven with the Father. At least a dozen Bible verses say that He would leave us and go back to the Father…John 16:28 is just one example. “I came forth from the Father and have come into the world; I am leaving the world again and going to the Father.” The inescapable conclusion? Jesus is NOT in your heart.
Some of you might say, “So, what’s the big deal?”. I’ll tell you: if you’re going to believe something, why not believe the TRUTH? If you’re going to take the time to tell a non-Christian what you believe, why not tell that person the TRUTH? If a single verse says clearly that Jesus is in Heaven, that’s what Christians should believe — and that’s what we should tell others, as well. In this case, there are over a dozen verses that conclusively show that Jesus is NOT in our hearts.
Of course, I don’t write this stuff to be a killjoy…there’s an upside as well. Before He left, Jesus told the disciples that He wouldn’t leave us alone…He would ask the Father to send the Holy Spirit to us, “that He may be with you forever” (John 14:16). The Holy Spirit doesn’t poke and prod us from the outside, but lives in us and communes with us. How do we know that the Holy Spirit indwells us? Easy…we’re told exactly that in 2 Timothy 1:14. “Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you”. 1 Corinthians 6:19 tells us the same thing: the Holy Spirit lives in us.
Of course, some of you may now be saying, “So what? What difference does it make whether Jesus or the Holy Spirit lives in my heart?”. For that, I have a simple answer: because God obviously thinks that’s best! Jesus said so Himself: “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you (John 16:7). If there were a better way to do it, you can bet that that would have happened. Having the Holy Spirit living within you is the most incredible, life-giving, life-transforming opportunity that anyone can have…if that weren’t so, God would have done something else.