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Christ is Within Every Man
by Fred Pruitt

Thanks so much for your reply & God blessings on all of you ....


Interestingly, unlike you, I DO believe the scriptures say "Christ is within every man" for MANY reasons, not the least of which is "He is before all things, and by Him all things consist" (Col 1:17, .... if the very molecules of my physical existence have their "consistency" in Him (Bible words, not mine), how can He not be IN me, without me, beyond me, but also in every thought, every immaterial thing as well as every material thing??? .... since GOd IS Spirit and "the spirit of man is the candle of the Lord searching all the inward parts of the belly"(Prov 20:7),then how much more is He intertwined in my personal Spirit reality than the merely physical? .... likewise He is everywhere, ALL in all, as the Scriptures (Paul's epistles) say over and over ....

that does not mean, however, that the "creature" (ourselves) perceive Him, even though He be closer to us than our own thoughts, and as Paul said again, "in Him we live and move and have our being (existence)," which He said to the unregenerate Athenians while quoting to them from their own philosophers .... when I say He is in every man I don't mean they are already born again or that they are already in "marriage-union" with Him -- that is something else besides .... I just mean it in the sense that HE is everywhere, ALL in all --- ALL in all are not MY words ....

You are trying to interpret spiritual reality as if it was like physical reality, everything separate, over here, over there, whereas in spiritual reality all things co-exist & interpenetrate even though they may not perceive the other ....

think of radio or cell-phone signals .... millions of these radio waves of all sorts are bombarding us every moment of every day, no matter where on the face of the earth we live .... yet they are imperceptible to us .... a radio, tuned to a certain frequency, picks up only that frequency, though there are millions more co-existing in the same "space" at that very moment, and tuning into that unique frequency, can receive and change those invisible radio signals into voice or music or even video (TV is a radio wave signal) .... likewise if your cell-phone gets a call, your particular number rings & you hear only the conversation intended for that number (in a perfect world) even though cellular signals for all phones are blasted into the air in every direction ....

that is the sense in which I say Christ is in every man .... Spirit is like a radio signal .... which frequency you tune into, that's the station you listen to .... all the stations, however, coexist with each other as radio waves, penetrating each other, inundating each other, yet each frequency holds its uniqueness .... turn one way, you hear God, turn the other, the enemy ....

as far as the other, "all men will be ultimately saved," I don't say that .... I would like it so, but I'm like that in the same way I am about "eternal security" .... that's a doctrine of men, in my opinion, and I have never been able to come down with finality on it, because the scripture leaves open the opposite possibility .... I am "mostly" eternal security, in that I think it's hard, hard, hard, to get out of the Father's family, though i can't just come down and say with finality it is impossible .... and likewise the same with "all men will be ultimately saved" .... while there are scriptures that seem to indicate that, there are others that just as strongly indicate otherwise ....

thing is, with those two issues, along with the "free-will/election" questions, what we think matters not ultimately, because GOD will do what He will do .... and it's ALL going to turn out to be LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE ....

so i can't and won't enter into arguments with people over one side or the other of those issues ....

But anyway, thanks again for your reply & bless all you BUS-PEOPLE as you leave to spread God's Word and Love ....