Being free in Christ rests on God and our relationship with Him.
Without Him, we can do nothing (John 15:5).
We cannot be free, apart from sharing His life.
Scripture has many ways it describes this Christ in us and we in Christ relationship.
One way it describes us, is that we are containers of God.
We are earthen vessels, inconsequential in ourselves.
Our significance is that we have been set apart for His honor.
The Holy cannot be mixed with the unholy.
He fills us, and we let Him be poured forth.
Spirit with spirit
Since God is Spirit, and we are made in His image, we have a spirit too.
“The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, says the LORD, Who stretches forth the heavens, and lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him.” Zechariah 12:1
“There is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty gives them understanding.” Job 32:8
“The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.” Proverb 20:27
“For what man knows the things of a man, except the spirit of man which is in him? Even so no man knows the things of God, but the Spirit of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:11
“be filled with the Spirit;” Ephesians 5:18b
“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that you might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;” Colossians 1:9
God’s Spirit lives in our spirit containers!
“But the one who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” 1 Corinthians 6:17
We are also Temple containers of the Holy Spirit.
“(16) Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (17) If any man defiles the temple of God, God shall destroy him; for the temple of God is holy, Whose temple you are.” 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
“What? Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit Who is in you, Whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” 1 Corinthians 6:19
We are Vessel containers.
“(21) Hasn’t the potter power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel to honor, and another to dishonor? (22) What if God, willing to show His wrath, and to make His power known, endured with much long-suffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: (23) that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had before prepared to glory,” Romans 9:21-23
“But we have this Treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God, and not of us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7
“that everyone of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor;” 1 Thessalonians 4:4
“(20) But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honor, and some to dishonor. (21) If a man therefore cleanses himself from these, he shall be a vessel to honor, sanctified, and profitable for the master’s use, and prepared to every good work.” 2 Timothy 2:20-21
We are also branches who contain the Life of the Vine.
“(1) I Am the True Vine, and My Father is the Vine Keeper. (4) Remain in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine; neither can you, unless you remain in Me. (5) I Am the Vine, you are the branches. He who remains in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit. For without Me, you can do nothing.” John 15:1, 4-5
And He is the Head, and we are His body.
Head and body don’t suggest a container relationship quite like the others.
Note that He doesn’t make us heads who contain The Head.
No. All believers together form His body, yet there is only One Head, and Christ is that Head.
However, even in this Head and body analogy, the Head is Spirit and we, His body, are spirits in His image, filled by Him, as we learned above.
“… [He] has put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the Head over all things to the church,” Ephesians 1:22
“For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the Head of the church: and He is the Savior of the body.” Ephesians 5:23
“And He is the Head of the body, the church: Who Is the Beginning, the Firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence.” Colossians 1:18
“And you are complete in Him, Who is the Head of all principality and power:” Colossians 2:10