Paul reduced life to utmost simplicity. You are either “in Christ” or “out of Christ.” If you are out of Christ, you are out of life. The phrase “in Christ” or its equivalent is found 172 times in the New Testament, and Paul uses this phrase 97 times. The phrase “in Christ” is one of the greatest truths in the New Testament. Why? Because it locates you in a person, the divine person of the Lord Jesus Christ. You are either in Christ or out of Christ. What happens to your life when you are in Christ? And what happens to your life when you are out of Christ? Examine yourself. In Christ there is order; out of Christ there is disorder. I’s as simple as that. The phrase “in Christ” refers to a location, a position, a place.
In Romans 8:1, Paul writes, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (KJV). As long as condemnation rests in your soul, that condemnation will darken your life. Condemnation is not found in Christ. Paul did not say “as long as you have a religious belief or “are in some church or in a ministry” there is no condemnation. He said that in Christ there is no condemnation. Your walk confirms your “location.” Paul uses the phrase “in Christ” to show us that all we need in life is found in Christ. The believer is blessed with all spiritual blessings that are found in Christ.” Ephesians 1:6 teaches that we are accepted “in the beloved.” If you look for acceptance outside of Christ you will be disappointed. In Ephesians 6:10, Paul teaches us to be strong “in the Lord” and in the “power of His might.”
Pastor George Belobaba
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