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What does it mean to be “in Christ Jesus”?

Being “in Christ” is everything for the Christian. When we learn to simply Trust Jesus with our lives, and accept Him as our Lord and Savior, we will then gladly choose to allow Jesus to make us “just like Him”! Period! Through The Holy Spirit, He will then come and abide “inside us” giving us His complete victory. He alone will transform us into His image. He alone will make us just like Jesus. He alone is the victor! And He alone will work out His triumph— “in Christ Jesus.” Colossians 1:27.1John 3:1-2.

So the result is “there is now no condemnation” for those that have an intimate, personal relationship with Jesus. This is being “in Christ Jesus”!! Romans 5:1-5, Romans 8:1-4, 11.

Our Fantastic Assurance of Being “in Christ Jesus”!

I. Assurance of Salvation. Here is how Dr. Timothy Jennings puts it: “In my model we have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, and that’s it. Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. “This is life eternal that they might know you the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (John 17:3). When we “know” God as Jesus revealed Him to be and trust Him, then we have confidence, faith, or trust in Jesus’ ability to “save” (salvage) us! Our assurance or confidence is in our Savior (just like the thief on the Cross) not in a legal payment.” All I can add is, Praise God!!

II. Assurance of sins forgiven. When we trust Jesus with our lives, then we are assured of sins forgiven. Only through Jesus can we be brought into unity with God. But thanks be to God, Jesus will draw us to Him!! It’s only by the goodness of God that Jesus leads us to Him. When I choose Jesus then, Jesus alone, will cleanse me from all sin! John 12:32, Romans 2:4 Ephesians 1:7. 1John 1:9.

III. Assurance that we have Peace with God. Jesus has freed us from our guilt! “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”; believers can come boldly to the throne of Grace with full assurance of salvation. By faith, we have direct access to Jesus Christ!! This is true because we come on the basis of what Christ has done for us and not on our own personal performance! Praise God! Romans 5:1-2.

IV. Assurance that “In Him” “we are sealed” with The Holy Spirit. “’In Him’ you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; ‘in whom’ also, having believed, you were ‘sealed’ with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.” Ephesians 1:13-14, Revelation 7:1-4, Revelation 9:4-6.

V. Assurance that we don’t have to save ourselves. We have made salvation woefully complicated. We have brought our own ideas and opinions to the discussion. When I choose to Trust Jesus with My Life, then Jesus and Jesus Alone will save me!! He is my Savior! “In Christ,” Jesus wants us to sit down and enjoy what He has already done for us. We are not to try to work at attaining these blessings. I can’t add anything to the equation of Salvation no matter what I do! “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.” Once we trust Jesus with our lives, He freely gives us all things which are bestowed “through Christ” and His Cross. 1Corinthians 1:30-31. Luke 2:10-11. Hebrews 4:1-8.

VI. We have “Assurance that Jesus alone is reconciling us to Him”! “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” 2Corinthians 5:18-19. Jesus wants to heal us completely from the virus of sin. Reconciliation is a change from enmity to friendship and is brought about by God alone. “In Christ” we become a new creation. This is possible only through the compelling love of Jesus. He will draw us to Him with an everlasting love. His transforming, reconciling love is through His Holy Spirit. 2Corinthians 3:18. Are you baptized by the Holy Spirit? John 1:29, 33, Luke 3:16, Acts 1:5, 2: 1-4, Ephesians 5:18, 6:18, Luke 11:13, Galatians 5:22-23.

The truth is, that Jesus wants to literally live out His life in us giving us His victory! This is “being in Christ Jesus” Colossians 1:27. Romans 8:1-4.

VII. We have Assurance that Jesus is writing “His laws” (plural) in our minds. Yes laws plural- His laws of love and liberty. By completely healing us, Jesus will remove selfishness from our minds and will restore in us the living law of love and liberty. Praise God! Hebrews 8:10, 10:16, 2 Corinthians 5:17. (More on the concepts about the laws of love and liberty in future studies)

When we are “in Christ Jesus” He will manifest Himself in and through us. It’s Christ alone who heals us!! It’s Christ alone who restores His image in us!! This is why there is no fear, anxiety, worry or burden abiding “in Christ Jesus”. It’s all about Jesus. We simply allow Him to do these things in and through us by The Holy Spirit. Romans 8:1-5, 11.

Courtesy Dr. Tim Jennings and
Courtesy Dennis Smith and Holy Spirit

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