The short simple phrase In Christ has become the essence of the book of Ephesians. These two little words “In Christ” have an enormous weight of meaning. God has given the believer an immeasurable wealth of riches in the Lord Jesus. God has blessed believers with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies – in Christ. All I am and have and will be eternally is deposited in Christ, for me – and for you. All Christ’s church is and has and hopes for and will be is eternally secured in Him.
The Christian walk slowly and progressively unfolds who we are – in Christ. We come to understand our Position : and where Christ is – so are we. We come to understand our Possessions : and what Christ has – so have we. We come to understand our Privileges : and what Christ is – so too are we. Throughout our life it’s a gradual unveiling of the riches of His grace to all – in Him.
This tiny preposition proclaims immense significance when linked with Jesus Christ – IN Christ Jesus : IN the Lord Jesus : IN Him : IN Whom. This insignificant word has everlasting consequences in our relationship with Christ.. for we are identified with all He has and is and has done – and are established in Him. To meditate on this truth for a lifetime would scarcely probe its eternal significance.
Time and again Paul reminds us of the truth that we are IN Him and OF Him. He reminds us that it is Christ in Whom and of Whom and by Whom are all things, and we’re identified with Him – positioned in Him – in eternal union with Him. In Christ, we have everything yet without Christ we have and are nothing.
When God looks at us – He does not see us but He sees the Lord Jesus IN us. When God sees us, He filters all we are through the righteousness of His Son. Before we were in Christ we were in Adam – in sin and without hope in the world. Before we became a new creation in Christ, we were part of the old creation in Adam.
Before we were made alive, by grace in Christ, we were dead in our sins by nature – but since rebirth, we are positioned in Him – and it is all by grace through faith. In Christ, we’re quickened, raised, seated and identified with our heavenly Lord.
While He was on earth the Lord Jesus was one with the Father – identified with Him. He could say, I and the Father are One and He only did the will of His heavenly Father. During His time on earth, the Lord Jesus did only those things He saw the Father do. Christ only said the things that the Father said and He did all that the Father did. His will was to do the Father’s will – His desire was to submit to the Father’s voice – it was His joy, His sustenance and His delight to do the Father’s will…
He lived and died in union and communion with His heavenly Father. He spent His life sharing the divine viewpoint and acting on divine promptings.. and while we are on earth we are to do only those things that the Spirit does.
We are to share in His divine viewpoint and act only on His divine promptings. We are to heed the Spirit’s voice, joyfully submitting to the His heavenly guidance, for we are positioned in Christ : identified with Him : one with His will.
His will is to be our will for He is to be our meat and drink – our joy and delight. The short simple phrase In Christ has become the essence of the book of Ephesians, The two little words In Christ have an enormous weight of meaning.
Throughout His letters, Paul gradually unfolds the riches of His grace towards us, and because we are blessed by God we can in turn be a blessings to Him – so we can say with Paul: BLESSED be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, BLESSED be our God for ever and ever, AMEN.
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