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Life In Christ

new_creationIt’s been awhile since I’ve posted. Usually I like to post little snippets on Facebook every day as I feel lead by the Holy Spirit, but today I’m going to dive a little deeper into what I feel is one of the least talked about, but also one of the most important topics in our relationship with God.

This topic is about being in Christ. It is my hope and prayer that you’re about to find out how far this rabbit hole really goes today 🙂

After reading this post I sincerely believe that you won’t read certain Scriptures in your Bible the same way again. How’s that for a goal?

Let’s begin with the fact that Christians didn’t call themselves Christians.

The world did.

Acts 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.

They were actually called “followers of the Way”.

Paul tells us this in Acts.

Acts 22:4 And I persecuted the followers of the Way, hounding some to death, arresting both men and women and throwing them in prison.

What an interesting name, “Followers of the Way”. It appears they were more concerned about Who they were following instead of only what they were believing. Scripture is not showing us how to argue over our little principles. It’s actually about equipping us and inviting us into following after the Spirit of Truth/Christ.

This doesn’t mean we don’t listen to other people because Paul says:

Phil 3:17 Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.

Did Paul really just say keep your eyes on people? No way!

We keep our eyes on Scripture Paul!

What is he thinking???

1 Co 11:1 You are to imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.

You see this is exactly what the Pharisees tripped over, they had their nice little sayings, their cute little principles, but their lives were nothing like Christ.

The power of the gospel transforms us to living like Christ.

But of course, we need to follow the Way.

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Not sure what direction to go? Follow Him. He takes us into the upward call of Christ.
Not sure what is true? Ask Him. He is the Person called Truth.
Desire eternal life? He’s a Person.

Now if you’re following me this Scripture will make much more sense. And hopefully also the 100+ Scriptures that talk about in Christ or we could say in the Way.

This by the way is Paul sharing the gospel:

Acts 17:28 For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’

If you read Acts 17 it might shock you to what Paul considers the gospel, but that’s another topic for another day.

Here’s where I’m going with this…

In Christ. It’s not just a cute little saying, it’s a reality. It’s being in the Way. It’s being in the Truth. And it’s being in the Life. Because it’s in Him.

Galatians 6:14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

You are crucified THROUGH the cross. And you are reborn IN Christ.

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

If you’re still trying to get TO Christ, have you really accepted you are IN Christ? And if you’re not in Him how will you ever come before the Father?

John 17:20“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

So you see in Christ is not just a fancy way of saying, I’m a believer, but it’s a reality to those who are in Him. It starts by dying to yourself and being reborn in Him. Being like little children you enter in to the Kingdom.

Now hopefully that you see the importance of being in Christ. You now understand this Scripture and I hope it becomes crystal clear to you what has happened…

1 John 4:3 And every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.

Jesus name means: God is our Salvation.
Christ means: Anointed One.
Christians means: little anointed ones.
Holy Spirit is the anointing of God.

What do you think the spirit of the antichrist is now? Anti-anointing.

Romans 5:17 For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.

Our life is now in Christ. He is the Way to the Father. He is the Life. And Holy Spirit is teaching us who we are in Him.

John 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.

Holy Spirit is the anointing of God. The Christos of God if you will:

1 John 2:26 I write these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you. 27But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him. 28And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. 29If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.

So you’re not just a believer, you’re in Christ, you and Him have been joined together, made one. He is the way, truth, and life. And Holy Spirit is showing you who you now are in Him. He is your teacher.

What I say doesn’t matter one bit if Holy Spirit isn’t bringing life to it.

Because at the end of the day it’s just between you and God. But He is faithful to guide you.

Ask Him today what it means to be in Him. And how this reality changes everything in your life. Because you died and you were reborn in Him.

You’re not the old you. You’re the new you. His glorious representation and image on the Earth. You were created as His light.

I’ll let Holy Spirit breathe life into these concepts before we go deeper.

Until next time friends,
Christopher