In Christ

DSCF0006“Therefore if any man be in Christ,

he is a new creature:

old things are passed away;

behold, all things are become new.”

2 Corinthians 5:17

Have you ever wished you could start over? Not just turn over a new leaf that would eventually fall to the ground and be crushed under the weight of trying again; Or making that New Year resolution only to fail in performing it for more than two weeks. But really begin new like a new born baby with its life stretched out before it with all kinds of possibilities. It doesn’t know what failure or bad choices look like.  You can have a new beginning. Christ made it possible.

Our physical birth bears the image of Adam the first human.

“And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image …

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. Genesis 5:3; Romans 5:12

No matter how hard we try, how may leaves we turn over, or resolutions we make we cannot bridge the gap Adam made between us and God. The sin image we bear in our flesh separates us from a holy God. Only one who is holy could bridge that gap. Only God is holy and he came in Christ Jesus his Son to do that very thing – to make us new. Not just a new image, but a new life with a new heart, a new spirit a new perspective and a new hope.

The New Image:

In Christ:

  • “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren …
  • And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly…
  • That which is born of the flesh is flesh;
  • and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
  • Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again…
  • not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” Romans 8:29; 1 Corinthians 15:49; John 3:6,7; 1:13

In Adam we bear sin’s guilt and punishment. We are powerless to overcome it in our own strength. No matter how good we think we are, we are not holy. We are not righteous. And that is the only way to come to God. He is that way. He has provided all we need in Christ.

“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things

that pertain unto life and godliness,

through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:

that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature,

having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

2 Peter 1:3,4

In Christ we have all we need for life and godliness for He has made us to share in his divine nature. In Him we have escaped the corrupt state we inherited from Adam.

  • “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit …
  • In whom we have redemption through his blood,
  • the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace …
  • of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption;” Romans 8:1; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:30

Jesus bridged the gap. He took on our flesh with all its weakness and guilt. It has been crucified in him. He has given us a new life, not a new leaf, not a second chance to try to make it right. He has made us right with the Father. He has made us completely new. It took God only a day to create the first Adam. He painstakingly works his righteousness in us throughout a lifetime preparing us for eternity with him. Then the image of Christ in us will be completed.

“Beloved, now are we the sons of God

and it doth not yet appear what we shall be:

but we know that, when he shall appear,

we shall be like him;

for we shall see him as he is.”

1 John 3:2

Then all things will be made new and the old will be gone forever. More about that next time.

What does being “in Christ” mean to you?

 

8 thoughts on “In Christ

  1. Donna did you forget Ephesians 2:1 says “And ye hath He QUICKENED who WERE DEAD [Romans 5:1-14] in your trespasses and sins” with I Corinthians 15:45 saying Jesus is “A QUICKENING SPIRIT?”

    HOW did He “QUICKEN” us?

    Didn’t Jesus promise “Holy Spirit baptism” (Acts 1:5) and afterwards “But ye shall receive POWER” (Acts 1:8) His “POWER” Who “QUICKENS” us “back to life” (Ephesians 2:1) from our “DEAD spirits” (Romans 5:12-14; I Corinthians 15:21-22) His “POWER [Acts 1;8] to become the sons of GOD” (John 1:12-13)?

    Why do today’s Christians believe just because He died we are (((IN))) Christ (I Corinthians 12:13) when His “POWER did not come upon us” (Acts 1:8) AFTER Holy Spirit baptism (Acts 1:5) Who “QUICKENS” us (I Corinthians 15:45) “back to life” (Ephesians 2:1) from our “DEAD spirits” (Romans 5:12-14; I Corinthians 15:21-22)?

    Can’t you see we remain “DEAD spirits” without HIS “POWER” (Acts 1:5;8)?

    Can’t you see we remain “DEAD spirits” without HIS promises of “Spiritual gifts” received (I Corinthians 12:7-10) after Holy Spirit baptism (I Corinthians 12:13) and “Signs following” (Mark 16:17-18) after Holy Spirit baptism (Mark 16:16) to “CONFIRM that the LORD is working with us with SIGNS FOLLOWING” (Mark 16:20)?

    “…hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19).

    “The LORD said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.” (Jeremaih 1:12)!

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    1. Why do you “FORGET GOD” (Psalm 9:17) SAID

      “…we remain “DEAD spirits” without HIS promises of “Spiritual gifts” received (I Corinthians 12:7-10) after Holy Spirit baptism (I Corinthians 12:13) and “Signs following” (Mark 16:17-18) after Holy Spirit baptism (Mark 16:16) to “CONFIRM that the LORD is working with us with SIGNS FOLLOWING” (Mark 16:20)?

      “…hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19).

      “The LORD said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.” (Jeremiah 1:12)!

      It’s HORRIBLE how today’s Christians “PICK AND CHOOSE” what THEY want to believe when GOD commanded us to “PROVE all things” (I Thessalonians 5:21; KJV) “PROVE your ministry” (II Timothy 4:5) “PROVE your ownselves” (II Corinthians 13:5) but you have NO “POWER” (Acts 1:5;8) “SPIRITUAL GIFTS” (I Corinthians 12:7-10; 13) or “SIGNS FOLLOWING” (Mark 16:17-18) to “PROVE IT” disobeying His commandments (I John 2:3-5)!

      You can’t be a HALF Christian when Jesus said “Either you’re for Me or against Me” (Matthew 12:30)!

      UNBELIEVERS can’t see your “peace” and your “soul at rest”

      Jesus said in John 10:37-38 “If you don’t believe Me believe the works” and promised us by His “POWER” (Acts 1:8) received after Holy Spirit baptism (Acts 1:5) “Greater works than these shall ye do” (John 14:12).

      How can we obey Him (I John 2:3-5) without His “POWER” (Matthew 28:18)?

      Today’s Christianity is POWERLESS with the belief in a POWERLESS water baptism vs Jesus “baptizing us with the Holy Ghost” (John 1:33; Acts 1:5) Who gives “POWER” (Acts 1:8) Who “QUICKENS” (I Corinthians 15:45) our “DEAD spirits” (Romans 5:12-14; I Corinthians 15:21-22) “back to life” (Ephesians 2:1) as we are “born again of the Spirit” (John 3:5-7; I Peter 1:23) His “POWER received to become the sons of GOD” (John 1:12-13).

      Today’s Christianity have NO “PROOF” (I Thessalonians 5:21; KJV; II Timothy 4:5; II Corinthians 13:5) who are “preaching another gospel and are accursed” (Galatians 1:6-9) since “The gospel of Christ is the POWER OF GOD unto salvation” (Romans 1:16) but today’s Christians have NONE!

      Today’s Christianity need to “Examine yourselves” (II Corinthians 13:5) since Jesus said

      “I tell you,” He replied, “if they keep quiet [With NO POWER; Acts 1:5;8], the stones will cry out.” (Luke 19:40)!

      Unfortunately, today’s Christianity is POWERLESS with the belief in a POWERLESS water baptism (Matthew 28:19+) as the “one baptism” (Ephesians 4:5) who are still “DEAD spirits” (Romans 5:12-14; I Corinthians 15:21-22; Ezekiel 37:12-14) vs Jesus “baptizing us with the Holy Ghost” (John 1:33; Acts 1:5) to “receive POWER” (Acts 1:8) who believe His “POWER” (Romans 1:16) is NOT “religiously correct” to be (((IN))) them (Romans 8:9)!

      Consequently the Holy Spirit is NOT “in you” when you don’t have Jesus’ promises of “POWER” (Acts 1:5;8) “SPIRITUAL GIFTS” (I Corinthians 12:7-10; 13) and “SIGNS FOLLOWING” (Mark 16:16-18) or you believe Jesus LIED in His PROMISES!

      “…hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19).

      “The LORD said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.” (Jeremiah 1:12)!

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