John 6:56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him
Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
1Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
[Greek – enoikeo, en-oy-keh’-o – to occupy a house, i.e. reside (figuratively, inhabit, remain, inhere); by implication, to cohabit:–dwell. – meno, men’-o – a primary verb; to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy):–abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand]
In the above text there are two words that are translated dwelleth as listed above. They are quite similar in their meaning and invoke the idea that there is an ongoing or repeated action. You will notice that the word ends with an eth ending which meant that in the original language it was either an action t that continued indefinitely or that it was an action that was repeated indefinitely.
In our modern world, we think of our will, that is what I want so our concept of Christianity is often slanted to the idea of convenience or desire. The Bible knows nothing of that type of relationship for the Christian. We give as it is convenient but the Bible teaches that we give 1. as we are prospered, 2. according to opportunity, 3. the demand of necessity, and 4. as an act of faith in God. Our service may come from duty, responsibility or desire but all too often it is because of selfish reasons rather than to deal with the old nature of sin or allow God to affect change in us. We desire the blessing when we should desire the one who is blessing.
The concept of dwelling with God is not a duty or even a responsibility, it is a privilege and an opportunity. It is a privilege because the infinite God desires to be with me. It is an opportunity for me to become what I could never be without Him. It requires us to open ourselves to him in prayer and faith. It requires time in His word that He might speak to us about eternal things. It requires sharing our lives with Him as He shares His life with us. Dwelling with God is a life style not an occasional visit.
Notice that in John 6:56 that is a communion or participation together in the events of life (eating and drinking) or consuming the life of God. The eth ending is attached to all three; eating continually, drinking continually, and dwelling continually. Also notice in Romans 8:11 that the Holy Spirit is not only present with you continually but also is constantly quickening (making you alive) continually. And finally, in I Corinthians 3:16 that you are the residence or dwelling of God. The only place that will satisfy God as a residence is the heart of one who loves God back. He loved us so much that He gave His only Son to die in our place. Do we love Him enough to dwell with him in this life, as well as for eternity?