God revealed himself through a burning bush; His glory appeared to Moses on Mount Sinai and was even on him for a temporal period of time. God’s presence was with the children of Israel in the wilderness as a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. Looking at these examples, God was either with, or on them, however, there are no scriptures to support that
he was ever in them within the Old Testament.
Even when God was with the people of the Old Testament it was not in an intimate relationship. I’ve spoken to
many people and I often get told “I wish I was living in Jesus’s time” but even at that time Jesus was only with them.
Brothers and sisters, today we are in a much better place than those from the Old Testament and those from
Jesus’s time. I will explain why:
“The mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.
To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the gentiles; which is
Christ IN you, the hope of glory” Colossians 1:26-27
It is clear that God was with them in the Old Testament, and in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John,
but after the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God has now come inside of us.
The fundamental difference is God is not just with us anymore but He is now IN us! God has come inside of us (Colossians 1:27) When you became born again and filled with the Holy Spirit, this did not just mean you became an ‘official church member’ or just a religious person, No!
It is a lot bigger than that, when you are born again, your old nature has completely dissolved and died and you are now a brand new creation (a species that has never existed before).
“Therefore if any person is (ingrafted) in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!” 2 Corinthians