By: Douglas M. Williams Sr.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, butaccording to the Spirit” (Romans 8:2).
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
“For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Galatians 3:26-27).
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3).
The word “in” is a little word, but very important and meaningful. The Bible speaks so many times about being “in Christ” as shown in the above verses. So, we can see the importance and necessity of being “in Christ” if we are to be saved and enjoy all spiritual blessings.
Redemption is “in Christ” (Romans 3:24); Paul writes to “those who are sanctified in ‘Christ’,” (1 Corinthians 1:2); and Paul writes to the “saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful ‘in Christ'” (Ephesians 1:1). In addition to Christians being new creatures “in Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:17), the Bible says that all Christians are “one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28).
How are Christians in Christ, and how are all spiritual blessings in Christ? At John 15:1-6, Jesus uses the illustration of the vine and branches, Christ is the true vine, and His disciples are the branches. As the branches receive life-sustaining nutrients from the vine, Christians receive life and all spiritual blessings from Christ. If one is not “in Christ” they are not saved and do not enjoy spiritual blessings. But when one is “in Christ” it is like a branch attached to a life supporting vine, and they receive salvation, spiritual life and blessings, peace, fellowship, hope, etc.
How does one get “in Christ”? The Bible says that only baptism puts one “in Christ” (Galatians 3:26-27; Romans 6:3-4). But baptism must be preceded by faith, repentance, and confession (Mark 16:16; Luke 13:3;Matthew 10:32-33). The last thing one must do to be “in Christ” is to be baptized.
Are you in Christ?