Christ In Everyone? Yes. Everyone.

Christ In Everyone? Yes. Everyone. July 9, 2019

I’ll admit, this is a concept that has taken me a long time to accept; the idea that Christ is in literally everyone – yes, even those who have not accepted Christ as personal Lord and Savior.

My objections weren’t anything novel. I pushed back by quoting verses from the Bible that seemed to support the concept that Christ was ONLY in those who were intentionally “Christian,” but then I started to notice that there were also plenty of verses in the same Bible that actually taught that Christ really WAS in everyone, regardless of their faith.

One of those verses is this one:

“…Christ is all, and is in all.” [Col. 3:11]

And this one:

“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the least of these, you did unto me.” – Jesus [Matt. 25:45]

Now, yes, there are also plenty of verses [as I’ve already said] that appear to suggest that Christ is only truly alive in those who profess Christ, or follow Christ, in an intentional way.

But recently I came across a concept that I think really reconciles these two competing concepts.

In his book, “The Universal Christ,” Richard Rohr kicks things off by sharing a story from a Catholic mystic named Caryll Houselander who talks about an experience she had where she suddenly saw Christ in everyone around  her. One amazing thing she shares in that testimony is an image I really loved about how Christ is in everyone, even the most base of sinners, where in them Christ is dead and they are His tomb where Christ is to be potentially risen.

That really floored me.

I love that idea of Christ being in everyone, but for some Christ is dead and waiting to be resurrected in them.

Still, Christ is in them, as the verses above affirm. In the case of those who have yet to recognize Christ in themselves, Christ is dead, or dormant, and waiting to be inevitably resurrected within them.

Isn’t that beautiful? I love that picture.

This is how we can see Christ in everyone we meet – regardless of their faith, or their background, or even their behavior – [because let’s be honest, even those who profess to be in Christ are not always very “Christlike” in their actions].

This is how we can see Christ in those we serve – the poor, the prisoner, the outcast, the marginalized.

This is how we can see Christ in the sinner, the liar, the murderer, the rapist, the violent, the adulterers, etc.

Christ may not always be evident in that person at that moment we regard them, but Christ is within them, nonetheless.

Christ in us is what all Creation is waiting to see revealed.

If we look for Christ in others, we may have the Grace to see Christ.

But, we have to want to see Christ in others. We have to be looking. We have to be open to the possibility.

Are we?

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Keith Giles was formerly a licensed and ordained minister who walked away from organized church 11 years ago, to start a home fellowship that gave away 100% of the offering to the poor in the community. Today, He and his wife live in Meridian, Idaho, awaiting their next adventure.


His newest book, “Jesus Unveiled: Forsaking Church As We Know It For Ekklesia As God Intended” released on June 9, 2019 on Amazon, and features a Foreword by author Richard Jacobson.

He is also the author of the Amazon best-seller, “Jesus Untangled: Crucifying Our Politics To Pledge Allegiance To The Lamb” with a Foreword by Greg Boyd.His Podcast: Heretic Happy Hour Podcast is on iTunes and Podbean. Can’t get enough? Get great bonus content: Patreon page.Upcoming events:

*Hot Springs, NC – July 11-14 “Wild Goose Festival”

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  • James Elliott

    How would we handle passages, such as in the Sermon On The Mount, where Jesus teaches that the moment would come when he would tell certain people, “Depart from me, i never knew you”? I fall short of universalism, believing that while it is in the heart of God/Christ to save all, there are those who reject Christ’s way. That would imply, i think, that Christ is not in everyone in the literal sense. (Although, i like that phrase about Christ waiting to be resurrected within the hearts of many.)

  • John

    Quite the literalists interpretation there. Ever heard of context?

  • soter phile

    you’ve conflated ‘image-bearer’ with ‘alive in Christ.’
    all bear God’s image (the potentiality you like). not all are in Christ – despite your poor exegetical analysis above.

    Liking a Catholic mystic or a progressive author doesn’t change God’s Word.

  • JesusFreak57

    I so get what you are saying, Keith. That bit from Houselander is pure gold! Thank you for sharing it.

    To your friend, James Elliot, I would say this:

    Imagine you are standing before the throne of God and imagine being the worst of all sinners, denouncing Jesus at every turn, cursing his name, murdering indiscriminately til the ripe old age of 80. What are the chances that you have seen Jesus and are NOT on your face before him, pleading for mercy?

    Let all who hear His voice rejoice!

  • Richard Aahs
  • soter phile

    So… basically Rev.6:15-17?
    Except they don’t call for mercy – but rather mountains to fall on them.

    Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, sl@ve and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wr@th of the Lamb, for the great day of their wr@th has come, and who can stand?”

  • Patrick

    Weren’t all things created by Him, the very Word of God? If indeed this is the case, then certainly the Word is present in all things and all people.
    John 1:3, Colossians 1:16, Hebrews 2:10

  • ashpenaz

    Christ is like the Higgs field–we are in it, surrounded by it, and it gives us our existence. We can’t escape from it or separate ourselves from it. We can’t somehow, by our free will, pull ourselves out of the Higgs field and go somewhere else–there is nowhere else. We can’t create a “hole” in the Higgs field. There is no way to fold space and create a Hell separate from the Higgs field. In the Higgs field, we live and move and have our being.