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Receiving God’s Grace in Vain
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The Grace of Giving
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Being In Christ – Part 1

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If you’re a born-again believer, you’re IN CHRIST. Do you understand what it all includes and means for you as a Christian? We’ll look at this topic more in-depth this week so we can understand all that God has provided for us. I trust through this study your faith will grow stronger and deeper, and there will be no doubt in your mind that you are in Christ!

The specific term “in Christ” is used throughout the New Testament, primarily in Paul’s writings. If you read through the book of 2 Corinthians and Ephesians especially, you’ll find many references, some of which we’ll look at more closely.

The Apostle Paul wanted the Church, believers—you and I—to understand our position once we’ve accepted the finished work of Jesus Christ. Paul references our position “in the beloved” which is the same as saying “in Christ” in Ephesians 1:6 – “…wherein He hath made us accepted in the beloved.” Paul further states that there isn’t anything that can separate us from God’s love when we’re in Christ. Read Romans 8:38-39 and you’ll find that there is absolutely nothing that can separate you from God’s love in Christ. When you’re a child of God, you’re positionally in God’s family. He’s not going to discard you. You’re in His Son; you’re His.

John also confirms the believers’ position in 1 John 3:1 when he says “See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us that we should be called children of God; and such we are…”

Your position in Christ is secured through accepting what Jesus provided. Paul emphatically states in Galatians 2:20 that Christ lives in him—it is a fixed position. Before you can grasp the benefits of God’s great grace, you need to understand that being in Christ denotes a fixed position, and this fixed position is not earned. You can’t do anything to gain it because it’s only through God’ great love and grace. You are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8). That’s why being in Christ has greater meaning for you as a believer. It is the ability, the power of Christ, the anointed one and His anointing, that comes and takes up residence on the inside of you. You are in Christ.

In our next segment we’ll look at more of the benefits we have because of our position in Christ. Spend some time today rejoicing in your position in Christ.