Abounding in BlessingsJanuary 2, 2014
Matthew 3January 3, 2014
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:
and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the
Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
I thought it might be helpful if we look briefly at what it means to be in Christ. I say briefly because we could easily write a book on what this means for us. The scriptures we will look at this year in many of our devotionals will certainly amplify what that means in terms of our identity.
I say identity, because we are no longer alive apart from Christ. Our real uniqueness in life is all because of our relationship with Jesus.
It goes back to the Garden of Eden where we lost our identity. We needed a man to restore it. God sent Jesus as a man to restore us to our original place with God. Jesus did this through the Cross where He was our representative. What we deserved, He took on Himself, that we might have what we didn’t deserve. That’s grace.
Because of this representative act of Christ on our behalf, by faith we can identify ourselves with Him in His death and resurrection. We can say as Paul His death and His resurrection is mine.
This is not a mystical experience for only those who have attained a higher level of spiritual devotion and holiness, but this is true of everyone who by faith will believe it. (Romans 6:11) Faith rests in what Christ did on our behalf. Our faith is in a Person—Jesus. God sees us in Christ. He sees us in the representative work of Christ on our behalf. Having passed from death to life with Christ, all believers are in Christ. To be a Christian is to be in Christ. Since Christ has also been exalted to God’s right hand, God also raised us up with Him and made to sit with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:6) Those who were subject to death and in bondage to sin are now reigning as kings in life. (Romans 5:17) The slaves have becomes kings reigning with Christ.
Nothing “shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:39)
“Because as He is, so are we in this world.” (1 John 4:17)