To Be In Christ…

To Be in Christ
(adapted from John Pipers notes on Carl Holmgren)

Being in Christ is a remarkable reality. It is breathtaking what it means to be in Christ. United to Christ. Bound to Christ. This is the phrase in the text that changes everything. Listen to what it means to be in Christ Jesus.

•In Christ Jesus, we are given grace before the world was created. 2 Timothy 1:9: “He gave us grace in Christ Jesus before the ages began.”

•In Christ Jesus, we are chosen by God before creation. Ephesians 1:4: “God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world.”

•In Christ Jesus, we are loved by God with an inseparable love. Romans 8:38–39: “I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

•In Christ Jesus, we are redeemed and forgiven for all his sins. Ephesians 1:7: “In Christ we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses.”

•In Christ Jesus, we are justified before God and the righteousness of God in Christ was imputed to him. 2 Corinthians 5:21: “For our sake God made Christ to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

•In Christ Jesus, we become a new creation and a Son of God. 2 Corinthians 5:17: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” Galatians 3:26: “In Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.”

•In Christ Jesus, we are seated in the heavenly place even while he lived on earth. Ephesians 2:6: “God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”

•In Christ Jesus, all the promises of God are Yes for us. 2 Corinthians 1:20: “All the promises of God find their Yes in Christ.”

•In Christ Jesus, we are being sanctified and made holy. 1 Corinthians 1:2: “To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus.”

•In Christ Jesus, everything we really need is supplied. Philippians 4:19: “My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

•In Christ Jesus, the peace of God guards the heart and mind. Philippians 4:7: “The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

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