The Expository Files

"In Christ"

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Because of what He has done for us we are deeply indebted to Him. One man said not so long ago, "I did not ask Him to come and die for me." That's true. Jesus saw the need and, without being asked or begged, came to do for us what had to be done so that we could have the opportunity for victory over sin and death. Consider the phrase "in Christ." Salvation is available in Christ and only in Christ. We can "obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory." (2 Tim. 2:10). The Scriptures also teach that "as many of you that have been baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ." (Gal. 3:27).

Also, every spiritual blessing from God belongs to those "in Christ." (Eph. 1:3). Rich, eternal blessings that will never fade away! Eternal life around the glory-circled throne of God may be way beyond our ability to grasp presently, but be sure of this: once you are there you will never want to be anywhere else! Also, "in Christ" there is redemption. We are redeemed from eternal ruin as we are justified by His grace (Rom. 3:24). "In Christ" we are new creatures. Old things pass away. A new life is given (2 Cor. 5:17). "In Christ" there is hope. This universe is never bleak nor desolate because of our living and abiding hope. The Bible says, "He that has the Son has life." (1 John 5:11). All these things are ours - if we are "in Christ."

 By Jon W. Quinn
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From Expository Files 10.2, February 2003