The disciples had no idea what was really spoken to them in Matthew 28:20. In the upper room they finally experienced the fullness of this “life in Christ”.
The simple truth is, we cannot live the Christian life without the indwelling Holy Spirit. Our attempts to know Christ intimately and be his friend will be but vanity unless we yield to the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit that will reveal to us the potentiality of our lives. But, the person of the Holy Spirit has one electric ultimatum, all-inclusive proprietorship of our entire being.
Do you believe Christ’s promise of the Holy Spirit? Embrace this promise—“And God has given us His Spirit as proof that we live in Him and He is us” (1 John 4:13). This promise of the Holy Spirit and being “filled with the spirit” was not something just for the disciples who waited. No, you see in this scripture Paul teaches us that this Holy Spirit is real, empowering, and meant for us every moment of every day! “Let the Holy Spirit fill and control you. Then you will sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, making music to the Lord in your hearts” (Eph. 5:18-19).
Jesus received the fullness of the Holy Spirit when He was baptized. While Jesus was praying the Holy Spirit descended upon Him and He yielded as a sacrifice to God. Life in the Spirit for Jesus meant prayer, obedience, and sacrifice. If we want a permanent abiding in Jesus Christ that conquers the world, the flesh and the devil, we must be led by the Spirit and live a life with our Father in prayer and service.
We must be simple people who merely believe passionately in Jesus Christ. This simplicity and passion will deal a deathblow to self and everything the enemy can muster. Through prayer and the indwelling Holy Spirit, this passion and simplicity will win the victory.
Is your life in Christ everything to you? Jesus made that promise, “And be sure of this: I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20). He could not have meant anything less than, “I am with you every waking moment, every sleeping moment. I am the divine antidote to everything in your life. I am your life. I am your joy. I am your strength.”