What does it mean to be in Christ. And how do we get into Christ? The short answer is that being in Christ is being in His body and you’re born in when you’re born again. But the question is too interesting to end it there. I think that God has shown me, or is showing me, the answer. We know that Christ is in us from the moment we’re born again. We know that He’s being formed in us. It seems that He resides in our spirits and our minds. At least, He’s in our innermost beings.
But what does it mean to be in Christ?
God seemed to speak to me on this subject some years back.
And still, I know that my understanding is incomplete on such a deep topic.
Anyway, the Scripture God brought to mind was this:
1 Corinthians 12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many
members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so
also is Christ.
Notice that the Scripture doesn’t say, “So also is the
body of Christ.” It’s comparing the human body to the body of Christ, but
it says, “so also is Christ” rather than saying “so also is the
body of Christ.” It seemed that God was telling me about how close our
relationship is. We are one with Christ in a way that we really can’t
understand. Our fleshly nature isn’t one with Christ. But He dwells within. We
now identify with Christ in us. He is our identity. We are not the fleshly man.
As I said, I have very limited knowledge on this subject, but it seems that
when we were first born again, we were in Christ. Now, the Holy Spirit is
purifying Christ in us. It’s not that Christ isn’t pure. He’s pure. But we have
a carnal nature that must be purged away. The Holy Spirit only purges by
permission. This is why we must yield the members of our bodies to the
righteousness (the free gift of righteousness) of Christ. This is all in Romans
The following verses show that we are born into this body.
We are in Christ the moment we’re born again. But maturity is what God wants.
He doesn’t want us to remain under the control of the flesh and with just the
seed of Christ. I could have quoted Paul saying how he was in labor pains over
the Galatians until Christ would be fully formed in them. He’s looking for
mature sons of God. We’re groaning within ourselves waiting to the adoption,
which is the redemption of our bodies. We look for Christ to be fully
manifested and the flesh to be removed.
The body of Christ . . .
- . . . isn’t just a group of people.
- . . . is a group of ministries—Christ in us.
- . . . moves according to specific orders that are defined in Scripture but often considered, by some, to be unimportant.
- . . . consists of gifts, ministries, offices, and orders that are defined in Scripture but that don’t glorify the fleshly nature.
- . . . flows in the love of God.
- . . . is led, taught, and corrected continually by the Spirit of God.
Romans 12:5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and
every one members one of another.
1 Corinthians 1:2 Unto the church of God which is at
Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with
all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both
theirs and ours:
1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of
God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and
1 Corinthians 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the
Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by
whom are all things, and we by him.
2 Corinthians 3:14 But their minds were blinded: for until
this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old
testament; which vail is done away in Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is
a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
1 Corinthians 3:1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you
as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
Romans 16:9 Salute Urbane, our helper in Christ, and Stachys
Romans 16:10 Salute Apelles approved in Christ. Salute them
which are of Aristobulus’ household.
1 Corinthians 4:15 For though ye have ten thousand
instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have
begotten you through the gospel.
1 Corinthians 4:17 For this cause have I sent unto you
Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you
into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every
Romans 16:7 Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellow prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.
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