Summary: There is a verse in scripture that is unknown to most, but has phenomenal transformational power. It is a verse, that when understood, brings about liberating freedom, peace and confidence in the midst of trials, troubles and pain. What is that verse an
Have you ever felt as though there is something missing in your Christian walk and experience? Have you ever wondered if there is a truth that you are missing in order to achieve real peace in the midst of trials, trouble or pain? During times of intense pressure or even attack, do you feel overwhelmed or at a point of no return? There are truths within the Bible that as Paul stated, are mysteries that were once hidden. Mysteries that are now revealed and can open our eyes to spiritual power and inner peace.
Within scripture, there are particular verses that are known as transformational verses. Truth that is capsulated within one verse, that when understood, has the power to revolutionize your Christian walk and experience. A couple of these verses would include, Ephesians 2:8, “It is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast.” Another is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Both of these sample verses (just 2 of many) are very well known, but there is one verse that is unknown to most, but has phenomenal transformational power. It is a verse, that when understood, brings about liberating freedom, peace and confidence in the midst of trials, troubles and pain. What is that verse and truth that so many Christians overlook or miss that can transform and change their spiritual life?
In John chapter 14, Jesus is speaking to his disciples and comforting their hearts as he explains to them about his leaving them and returning to the Father. Jesus told them in verse 1, not to be troubled, but to continue to trust in God and himself as He was going to prepare a place for them in heaven. He then told them in verse 6, that He was the way, the truth and the life and no one comes to the father except through him. Following those powerful statements, Jesus then told them in verse 15, that after He left, He would send the Holy Spirit who would be with them forever. In verse 20, Jesus then set forth the truth that we need to understand to experience the freedom, power and peace that will change and revolutionize our Christian walk. In verse 20, Jesus said, “On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.” Please don’t miss this powerful and life altering truth by glossing over it, but camp on it, and let its meaning wash over you again and again. What does that verse really mean?
Allow me to help you picture verse 20’s reality in the following word picture. I first heard this illustration from a woman named Anna Bell Gilliam and it changed my spiritual life. Imagine, or literally take a large envelope and write “GOD” on the outside of it. On a smaller envelope, write “Jesus.” On a smaller envelope yet, write your name and on a piece of paper that can fit inside the smallest envelope write again the name of “Jesus.” Now, reread (even out loud) verse 20. The truth of that verse, illustrated with the envelopes means first that Jesus is in you. So, place the piece of paper in the smallest envelope for Jesus said in verse 20 that “I am in you.” If you have asked Jesus into your life, that is reality (Revelation 3:20).
Next, insert the envelope with your name, with Jesus inside it, into the envelope with Jesus’ name on it, for Jesus said in verse 20 that “you are in me.” Finally, place the envelope with Jesus’ name on it, that includes you with Jesus inside you, into the largest envelope which is GOD. Do this because Jesus said in verse 20, “I am in the Father.” Now, visualize the truth of verse 20 – Jesus is in you, you are in Jesus and Jesus is in the Father. Wow! Do you see the spiritual dynamic of the reality of what Jesus just said? Literally, you are protected, enveloped and surrounded by God’s love, power and grace. Nothing can get to you, or be allowed to touch your life until it first goes through God, and through Jesus before it can get to you. Then you have Jesus inside of you to handle what ever it is.
This amazing truth, in other words means, that something first must be allowed by God and permitted by Jesus before it comes into your life. Life is not out of control. A trial or pain may be uncomfortable, unpleasant or even debilitating. In the spiritual realm however, it was permitted by the God that lovingly created you and the Son that loved you enough to die for you. Now that that pain or trial is in your life though, Jesus is right there to give you the peace, patience or ability to endure and become victorious over it.