from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To exist as an animating or divine inner spirit, force, or principle.
- intransitive v. To be located or implanted inside something.
- transitive v. To inhabit or reside within as such a spirit, force, or principle.
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- v. To exist within, especially as a spirit or driving force.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- v. To dwell in; to abide within; to remain in possession.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. to exist as an inner activating spirit, force, or principle
The love that is God ad intra consists precisely in how the Persons mutually inhere or indwell, which is something our minds can perceive only dimly and indirectly, by analogy, even as we are called to participate in it as children of God.
Eventually Satan himself will "indwell" the Antichrist, and will lead the forces of Evil against the forces of Good, led by the descended Christ, in the final confrontation at the Battles of Armageddon.
He will come and not only rest upon us, but indwell us.
We need to move from being spectators to being participants in the raw, infiltrating presence of God that He may indwell our lives in a substantial way.
That the Persons mutually indwell in love is, accordingly, not free: it is of the essence of God that they do so.
The Holy Spirit is believed by Christians to indwell believers and guide the CHURCH.
For, as I said before, if it were unfitting for Him thus to indwell the part, it would be equally so for Him to exist within the whole.
_ -- At the moment of regeneration He came to indwell.
Not more surely had the Shechinah dwelt in the tabernacle of old, than did it indwell His nature, though too thickly shrouded to be seen by ordinary and casual eyes.
But the supreme revelation which towers above the rest, like some great banyan tree amid the slender growth of the Indian forest, is that the Creator should indwell and find a mansion in the heart of His creatures.