“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. For He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in His presence.” (Ephesians 1:3-4)
The New Testament uses the little phrase, “in Him” or “in Christ” quite often. It is the way we are called to see ourselves in our relationship with God, now that we have fully trusted our lives to the work, and Lordship, of Jesus. It is one of those truths that God declares to us – that requires us to think about ourselves differently. We used to be outside of Him, now we are in Him. We used to be on our own (and in it for ourselves) – now we belong to Him, we have been placed (by God Himself) in the eternal Christ.
This all means that our daily status has changed dramatically. The difference is night and day. Our identity is totally new. “Once (we) had no identity as a people; now (we) are God’s people.” (1 Peter 2:10) Now, we “are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s Own possession, to proclaim the virtues of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9)
Because we have devoted our hearts to Jesus, the truth about us is: we are new!
Our lives are blessed with new status, new goals, new purpose, new resources, new abilities, new possibilities. All because we are now “in Christ.”
This means that everything Jesus has, belongs to us. What He won for Himself, in His victory over sin and death, He now shares completely with us. His status is now our status. His authority now rests upon us. His glory is now our glory (John 17:22).
For “God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus…” (Eph. 2:6) Because of our dedicated devotion to Jesus, we are NOW eternally connected to (and seated with) Him.
What all this means is that the Christian life is not about trying to be a good person, or trying to avoid bad things, or about doing a lot of religious activities – it is about living in the fullness of our connection with Jesus and letting Him do what He desires to do, through His connection with us.
At the heart of true Christianity is relationship. Jesus in us… and us in Him. Bonded together, working together, for God’s purposes here on this earth.
We need to remember that God is the One Who chose this relationship (Eph. 1:4; 1 Pet. 2:9). None of us are His by our own choosing (see John 15:16).
God is also the One Who made everything possible for this relationship. None of us could provide for it on our own.
So if we belong to Him, our life has (not will have) a divine calling. We have (not will have) a special purpose. And we get to experience the wonder and joy of discovering everything we are created to be – in Christ!
Prayer focus: God, help me to discover the reality of being IN Christ, and what that means for my daily life.