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But now “In Christ Jesus” you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:13.
The mystery of The Gospel has now been revealed which is: “Christ in you” the Hope of Glory. Colossians 1:27

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together “with Christ” (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places “in Christ Jesus”, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us “in Christ Jesus”. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:4-9. Colossians 3:1-4.

First, at the very core of the Gospel presentation is God’s agape love, unconditional, self-emptying and everlasting. Jeremiah states: “The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying:

“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you”. Jeremiah 31:3.
This agape love is the very heart of The Gospel. Amazingly, God uses His creative power to draw us to His love. Romans 1:16-17, 20. Ephesians 2:1-6, Titus 3:3-5.

Secondly, still at the core of The Gospel, is the means of our salvation which is: “Christ in you” the hope of glory. The concept of “in Christ” is throughout all of Paul’s writings and is mentioned more than 160 times. Paul’s writing make up almost half of the New Testament and this exciting theology of “in Christ” is running through them all. We find the idea is expressed with slightly different wording such as “in Christ Jesus” or “in Him” or “by Him” or “through Him” or “in the Beloved” or “together with Him” “with Jesus” etc.

We have absolutely nothing as Christians except what we have received “in Christ Jesus”. Everything we enjoy, experience, and hope for as believers is ours “only in Christ”. “But of Him” “you are in Christ Jesus”, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD”.1Corinthians 1:30-31.It is all about Jesus and nothing we can do in the area of putting forth effort. I simply trust Jesus for His victory. Our only Hope is “in Christ Jesus” Alone!!

Jesus Himself first introduced the truth “in Christ Jesus”, when He told His followers,” Abide in Me” John 15:4. He further emphasized this truth by stating in verse 5: “Without Me you can do nothing”.

Abiding “in Christ” is the foundation of The Gospel experience. Abiding “in Him” is that persistent remaining right where we are “with Jesus” forever. In other words we choose to remain “with Jesus” trusting “in Him”. Abiding “in Christ” is trusting “in Jesus” with my life— completely. “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You”. Isaiah 26:3. Our victory is attributed to God and God alone and nothing WE HAVE DONE OR WILL EVER DO. Christ is everything to the believer. Our victory is “in Him”. As long as I choose to remain “in Him” He will work out His victory inside me. Romans 8:3-4, 11.

What the New Testament means to be “in Christ”.

I. When Christ died, he died for all of humanity and all of humanity died with Him. Romans 4:23-25, Romans 5:15, 18. Paul uses the symbol of baptism to make his point. Colossians 2:12-13.

II. Likewise when Christ arose from the grave, all of humanity rose with Him. Hebrews 9:24-28. Hebrews 10:11-14. Romans 5:15-21.

III. Abiding “in Jesus”, is to remain on a continuous basis with Him. Because I remain “with Jesus” always, the Holy Spirit will then work out His victory inside me. Praise God!! John 15:4-11, Romans 8:3-4, 9-11. 2 Timothy 1:13-14, Colossians 1:26-27. “Christ in You” the Hope of Glory! Titus 3:3-8.

IV. When I am “in Christ” He transforms me into His image. 2 Corinthians 3:18. What does He transform? It’s my mind. Romans 12:1-2. The study of the mind, especially the hierarchy of the mind, will be pursued in future studies. It is “life changing” when we understand how God will make us just like Jesus and ready for His soon appearing. 1 John 3:1-2.

V. The Great News of The Gospel is a truth that applies to all humanity, but ONLY those who believe will actually be saved. John 3:16-21, 34-36. Not a single person will be lost from Heaven because He or She is a sinner, but because of unbelief- willful, persistent, and ultimate rejection of the Truth as it is “in Christ Jesus” Ephesians 4:21, John 3:18, 36, John 16:8-9, Mark 16:15-16, Hebrews 2:3, Hebrews 3:19, 4:1-3.

VI. “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. Once we trust Jesus with our life, He freely gives us all things which are bestowed “through Christ” and His Cross. We are forgiven by Trusting Jesus. We are made righteous by Trusting Jesus, we have eternal life by Trusting Jesus, and we are victorious over temptation and sin by Trusting Jesus. We are fully dependent on Jesus and not on our own efforts to obtain Salvation. The victory is attributed to God alone; not attributed to anything we have done or ever will do!! We simply Trust Jesus with our life and that’s it!!! 1Corinthains 1:30-31, 2:2. 1Thessalonians 5:23-24.

VII. The conclusion is simple: Being “in Christ” is everything for the Christian. When we learn to simply Trust Jesus with our life, we will gladly choose to allow Jesus to have complete control, 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 will work out His victory inside us. Truly then, we are “in Jesus”. It is far more difficult to be lost than to be saved!! John 3: 16-17,2Corinthians 3:18, 1John 3:2, 1John 5:11-13. Praise God for His indescribable Gift for all who trust Jesus with their life. Our effort is to choose to abide “in Jesus” and know Him. John 15:4-7, 19-17. John 17:3.

The wonderful good news of The Gospel is that just as all are condemned to death by one man Adam, so God has redeemed all in one man Jesus Christ. In reality, Jesus became us, and we became one “in Him”. How awesome is that? John 17: 20-26.

So, by His perfect life, which met the positive demands of the law, and His sacrificial death, which met the justice of the law, Christ re-wrote our human history. And in His resurrection, He changed humanity’s status from one of “condemnation” to one of “peace with God”. This is what constitutes the extravagant Good News of The Gospel!! 1Corinthians 1:30-31, Ephesians 1:3-6; 2:5, 6.

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift to every human being! 2 Corinthians 9:15. Praise God for the Never Failing Love of Jesus!!

The good news of The Gospel of Christ is a truth that applies to all humanity, but, only those who believe will actually be saved. The saved are those who trust Jesus with their lives!! The saved are those who know Jesus intimately. The saved know Jesus by experience. The saved love God with all their heart’s and loves others like themselves. Romans 3:26. This is the truth Jesus wants to live out in your life!

When we are “in Christ Jesus” He will manifest Himself in and through 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!

Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.Hebrews 2:17

Sources:
Courtesy Dr. Tim Jennings and ComeAndReason.com
Courtesy Dennis Smith and Holy Spirit Ministries. spiritbaptism.org

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