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1 Corinthians 1:30 – You are in Christ

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“30But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, 31so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD” [Jeremiah 9:23]
 (1 Corinthians 1:30-31 NASB).

By Him, or because of Him, or by His doing is Paul’s introduction to this verse. Paul is reminding us that all these great things we have in Christ, comes from nothing we have done. That’s why the next verse say we can’t boast in anything but the Lord.

This is grace. It’s unearned, unmerited, undeserved favor. When someone gives you a gift, you can’t boast that you have a gift. Now you have to boast that someone gave you the gift. We aren’t particular these things apart from our relationship in Christ.

However, in Christ He became to us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification or holiness, and redemption. As He became that since we are in Christ, we also became wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5). It is all His doing.

My purpose in this devotional is not to explain these doctrines, but to show these are gifts of grace. We have these by grace through faith. That’s how we receive all of God’s gifts of grace. He did the work and we receive the rewards. He gave us what we didn’t deserve because He took on Himself what we deserved.

We can only boast in the giver. It’s His gifts. He so loved us that He gave. We should never believe that somehow we earned these things through our good behavior or good performance. They are gifts of grace and we cannot earn them in any way whether by doing good works or no works. Never should we lose sight of the fact, because we are nothing apart from Him.

But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus.” It’s all about Jesus. Praise the Lord!

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