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In Christ

By Larry R. Lasiter

2010

"The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me." John 17:22-23

 This precious prayer that the Lord uttered on the night He was arrested should bring inexpressible joy to those of us who have been saved. We have been glorified and have been made one with the Father and the Son. Perhaps what is most touching of all is knowing that our Father loves us with the same love that He loves Jesus. How blessed it is to be in Christ, -"To those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Cor.1)

 What does it mean to be in Christ and how do we get in Him? First we cannot get in Him by our own power but must be chosen in Him by the Father, -"Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love, He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will." (Eph.1)

 To be in Christ is to be identified with Him in His death, resurrection and inheritance. We share in His death through baptism which does away with our identity in the first Adam. I was once Larry, the son of Adam, the sinner, but now I am Larry, having been born of the Spirit, a son of God in Christ.

Where my destiny once was connected to the first Adam, now it is connected to Jesus, the last Adam in Whom I have inherited eternal life in glory, -"The first man, Adam, became a living soul, the last Adam became a lift-giving Spirit." (1 Cor.15) And where I once shared the curses of disobedience in my father Adam, I now share the blessings and obedience in Christ, the last Adam.

 In Christ our sins are forgiven by the blood and our old self identified with the first Adam has already been crucified with Christ, -"Knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him." (Rom.6)

 In Christ sin is no longer our master, nor are our daily sins imputed to us but come immediately under the blood, -"Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven, and whose sins have been covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will not take into account." (Rom.4)

 Adam is the head of a fallen race, but Christ is the Head of a risen race, a new and eternal creation. Our identity in Adam was crucified with Christ in order that through the Spirit we might be born and joined to Another, -"No one who is born of God practices sin, because His Seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God." (1 Jo.3)

 The Spirit seals us in Christ, -"Having believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the pledge of our inheritance." (Eph.1) Sometimes when a person wants to safely preserve an important document they have it sealed in a container. The document once had a separate identify but now shares an identity with the container. Wherever the container goes, the document goes - being sealed together the two are one and share the same destiny. Since they are sealed together, if the container is accepted, the document is accepted. In Christ, we are accepted by the Father and share His destiny.

 

 

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