The Grace of Giving
March 12, 2013
Abound In This Grace Also
March 14, 2013
The Grace of Giving
March 12, 2013
Abound In This Grace Also
March 14, 2013

Being In Christ – Part 2

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We’re continuing our study of what it means to be in Christ. Last time we saw that when you accepted Christ, we automatically gained an eternal position as a believer: you’re in Christ. And we saw that this new position has nothing to do with your earning it: it is a gift of God’s love and grace.

You changed positions:  from walking according to the world and the flesh to walking in Christ in the Spirit. This changed position brings a supernatural power of freedom. You’re a new person when you are in Christ. Your old life, its habits and ways, are gone—passed away; they no longer exist. You’re a new person in Christ, recreated in God’s likeness. Here’s how Paul puts it:

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Since everything has become new, you are no longer under condemnation. The Law of the Old Testament brought condemnation. No one was good enough to keep its rules and regulations. The Israelites had to wait for a yearly removal of their sins on the Day of Atonement. Today, the atonement of your sins was once and for all taken care of by the Blood of Jesus (Ephesians 2:13). There is no further condemnation over you because you’re in Christ—that’s what Romans 8:1 says: “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

One translation said it was the Spirits’ Law, telling of life in Christ Jesus that has set you free from the Law dealing only with sin and death. It’s not the Law of the flesh, the keeping of the rules and regulations that makes you right with God. It’s not gained through human efforts. The Law of the Spirit, of Life in Christ Jesus, is for those accepting His gift and following His Spirit, being directed by Him. Following the Law will only put you under more condemnation. But there is freedom when you follow the Spirit.

God’s seal of approval is on you. His Holy Spirit is His seal of approval, and when you’re in Christ, you’re established in Him, anointed, and sealed. What better confirmation is there of your position in Christ than knowing you’re loved of God, accepted of Him, and that your sins—past, present, future—are forgiven. You definitely have something to rejoice about today!

You are in Christ, forever sealed, forever loved, and forever blessed with all spiritual blessings.