Galatians 1:15-17. But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace, 16 was pleased to reveal his Son IN me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone; 17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.
Paul is recounting his apostolic calling. Now, this blog is not about the life of Paul, so we will not get into all of the details and history here, but it is about “to live is Christ,” and Paul’s developing theology of our union with Christ. And here in verse 16 we get a little peak- “God was pleased to reveal his Son IN me.” This is a really cool early statement by Paul concerning his belief that Christ lives in him (see also 2:20).
But here’s the thought for us. What makes God happy? What pleases him? What pleases him is to reveal Christ IN us (not just TO us). His zoe manifest in our life, his Spirit connected to our spirit, his Son’s life lived out by his other sons and daughters- that pleases God.
What else pleases God? Faith.
Hebrews 11:6. And without faith it is impossible to please him
Do you see the connection? God is pleased to reveal Christ IN us. God is also pleased when we, by faith, trust in the revelation of Christ IN us (not just TO us).
Here’s the thing, you may be living a life that you think is pleasing God, but actually is far from it, because it is far from faith in the indwelling life of Christ IN you, and rather just a reaction to the revelation of Christ TO you. How can you know the difference? One is grace and the other law. One is faith the other works. One is rest the other exhaustion.
Many Christians are asking God to reveal himself to them. just do a quick google search of that phrase and you will find all kinds of spiritual platitudes and advice on how to experience the revealing of God. Well, the truth is, he has done even better- he has revealed himself IN you. “To live is Christ” is to live from the revelation of Christ IN us not just TO us. Faith in this inner spiritual revelation is what pleases God.