“In Christ”

June 19, 2020

“In Christ”

2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

              What a vast and wonderful subject that we may just touch on today.  This phrase was echoing in my spirit today from the song that is repeating all that we have and are “in Christ”.

As I am reflecting over the many scriptures which deal with the phrase, “in Christ”.  Meditating on these scriptures one gets the sense of the place we have been brought into by our faith “in Christ”. 

“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:26) It is a place of covenant relationship whereby we commit ourselves to God and He commits Himself to us.  It is so much like our marriage relationship where we pledge our faithfulness to one another no matter what circumstances may bring, in the good and the bad, for as long as we both shall live.  With God, that is eternally, but it is not all gloriously,” for all who live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” 

              When we step through the door of faith into that relationship with Christ we enter a whole new dimension of being and thinking.  Suddenly, we begin to see our world from a whole different perspective.  Now our world centers on God’s Word and Truth not our former selfish way of thinking and living.  ” Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: (Philippians 2:5).”  Our goals are different and our purpose for living is different as Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Our power and our resources are no longer our own but are drawn by faith from our heavenly source.  Philippians 4:18 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

We find our position in the spirit. We are sitting in a much higher place: Ephesians 2:6, ” And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus:” In Christ we have direct access to the throne of God, we have authority over spiritual forces of darkness and “Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in Christ: (Ephesians 1:3). ”  We have become hidden in the heart and bosom of Christ and all that He is, is coming to be represented through us.  It is His name and nature that has been imparted to us that live and act in His behalf as we walk by the Spirit. 

              Now we could get proud about that and spiritually haughty, thinking we are something.  It is not about us, it is all about Him and the wonderful thing is, the playing field is level at the foot of the cross.  No one is above another in God’s affection and calling for us.  Galatians 3:28 says, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”  The body is not divided.  It may have many functions, but the purpose of all the functions is for the whole and not for the individual member.  We must remember that.

              These are not profound things; they are just fundamental truths that often get obscured by the haze of the world we live in.  Isn’t it wonderful we have the washing of the water of the word to cleanse and renew a right perspective and vision within us?  We all must be constantly reminded and set our focus on who we are in Christ lest we lose our way or find ourselves defeated in this world.  “IN CHRIST” is our salvation, our victory, our confidence, power, hope and purpose.  The victory and success of our Christian lives are summed up in knowing who we are “IN CHRIST”.

Blessings,

#kent

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