|1 John 4:15 |
15 Whoever confesses Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him, and he in God.3 [This verse proves that to confess is to own, acknowledge or admit that Jesus is your controlling Lord in speech and deeds; because only saying Jesus is Lord does not prove the God dwells in you or you in him, that you dwell in love as the next verse points out. Even the demons called Jesus, "Jesus, Son of the Most High God," and trembled. To confess Jesus is to own, admit, acknowledge that Jesus is your Lord, totally controlling your thoughts, words, and deeds; and this only occurs after you have been purified and freed from all sins.]
3 "Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him, and he in God." Obviously saying that Jesus is the Son of God does not result in God dwelling in him, nor he to dwell in God; but, anyone who owns Jesus the Son of God, does have God dwelling in him, and he dwells in God. Even the demons say that Jesus is the Son of God, and they obviously don't dwell in God or God dwell in them. And Jesus himself contradicts that interpretation, saying: But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Luke 6:46 and: Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven... Depart from me you who practice iniquity [sin, lawlessness]. Mat 7:21-22.
John was saying: whoever acknowledges their possession (the anointing) of Jesus, the Son of God, God dwells in him, and he in God.
To confess Jesus Christ, is to confess like Paul: It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. Gal 2:20.
To have God dwelling in a person, and the person to dwell in God, is the end result of the Christian journey. Look at what Jesus said about a person dwelling in him and God in them, John 14:19-24:
So, if you obey Jesus' commands and teachings, showing your love, you will be loved by Jesus and the Father. Then you will see him. He will show himself to you. And then they will come and make their home (dwell) with you; they dwell in a Kingdom, so they bring the Kingdom to your heart — the Kingdom within you, which starts as the smallest mustard seed, but which grows by your obedient love to be the largest of all. The Kingdom is the end of grace: be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:13. You will see me; in that day you will know. John 1:19-20. I will show (the revelation) myself to him. John 14:21.