Romans 8:1 [There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
I was just thinking about all of the times that the Bible commands and exhorts us to be ‘in’ something. We must be IN Christ, IN the Spirit, IN the Light, etc. But that seemed to me, and always has seemed, a little slippery and vague. I mean, I can understand that preposition when used about going into a building, or putting something in a can, but in Christ? How are we supposed to do that? What is it like?
Then I decided to think of it in the terms of what I already knew: as if Jesus was a clear glass jar that I was supposed to sit in (not irreverently, of course, just to figure this out). I thought: what types of things are there about sitting in a glass jar that I can apply to being in Christ? And immediately I began to think of some.
For one thing, I was sitting on it, and thus was supported by it: it was holding me up. It surrounded me, and that has several implications. One was that it protected me from what was outside: it was a hedge of protection (of course Jesus is much more of a protection to me than any glass jar). Everything I saw I saw through the glass jar, and if it was tinted, everything I saw would be tinted: I saw everything through its perspective and context. It was enclosing me, it had walls and boundaries: I was guided and limited (rules, laws, instructions, and commandments given by God are always for our good, by the way).
So we have:
- Christ ought always to be our support. We ought always to be relying on and trusting in Him.
- Christ is our protection, our Savior, our defender, our fortress, our refuge.
- Christ and His teachings, desires, and values are what we ought to always view the world through, not our own eyes and understanding.
- Christ, His laws, His mandates, His desires, and His commands are always to limit and direct us, and we ought never to be outside His delimiting boundaries. We are where He puts us.
Suddenly being IN Christ and the Spirit made so much more sense! I do not know if I am reading too much into this one little word, or if I am totally off my rocker, but I found it to be exciting and encouraging. If you have any other observations to be made, or even contradictions, feel free to comment and let me know! In any case, I hope it made you think about what being IN Christ might mean. What do you think?
With joy and peace in Christ,