The Manifest Presence of Christ.

 

“For this reason I bow my knees to the “Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God…” Ephesians 3:14-19 NKJV.

Many Christians here in America as well as the rest of the world have prayed for revival, year after year hoping for another great awakening, like what the Puritans experienced. Some see revival as a huge influx of new believer’s, bringing many who are trapped in darkness by the god of this world into the kingdom of God, rightly so.

During the Great Awakenings, Puritans spoke of revival as “the manifest presence of Christ.” Prayer for revival is an invitation to this—to something wonderfully beyond God’s “essential presence” (that is He is always with us-Hebrews 13:5), and beyond His “cultivated” presence (that is, as the believer grows to know and walk with God daily). holy-spirit-

The apostle Paul prayed for believers to know that order of reformation or revival that brings about an intensification of the presence and power of Jesus Christ.

In our text’s prayer, Paul asked that the Holy Spirit deepen His work in their lives in three ways: 1) that Christ would dwell—more literally, “be at home”—in their hearts by faith, that is, that He would move from being an acquaintance to being the center of their church family; 2) that they would grasp God’s love at a spiritual level, beyond intellectual or theological knowledge; and 3) that they would be filled with God’s fullness, that is, that the Holy Spirit would reveal the things of Christ (John 16) more fully achieving God’s fuller work in each life —unhindered, unquenched, ungrieved.

 

 

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