In, Of and Thru Christ

In that day you will know that I am in My Father, you are in Me, and I am in you. John 14:20

Paul’s Trademark
There is one phrase in the New Testament that is highly significant for all believers. It is a prepositional phrase or an expression, that deals with position, place and purpose. It is a term that that the apostle Paul has adopted as his own peculiar trademark. It is the little group of words: ‘in Christ’ : ‘in Him’ : ‘in Christ Jesus’.  And it is also found in the phrases: ‘in Whom’, ‘by Whom’ and ‘of Whom’.

Precious Phrase
For the believer, the meaning behind this phrase is perhaps one of the most precious. This little, almost insignificant term cradles in its arms a most powerful meaning. ‘In Christ’ indicates a close, intimate, living union with our resurrected Saviour – Jesus.  ‘In Christ’ is a positional truth that is found in Scripture, and applies to all Christians.

Position In Christ
All believers whether old or young, male of female; Jew of gentile – all are ‘n Him’.   Whatever people group; both bond or free; new or seasoned saints – all are ‘in Christ’. It was Jesus Who told his disciples of the forthcoming union with Himself. His death was drawing close, and the disciples were confused; confounded; afraid. They knew that some significant event was looming, and they knew not what it was.

Union With God
The Passover supper was eaten, feet washed and Calvary’s cross loomed ever closer.  But He told them of a coming day when the Spirit would be sent to indwell them: “In that day you will know that I am in My Father, you are in Me, and I am in you”. John 14:20

Old Testament Empowerment
The disciples knew of the Holy Spirit of God, Who empowered prophets and kings. They knew of the glory of the Lord, which filled the temple before its departure. But the indwelling Spirit of God within was an entirely new and puzzling concept.

God’s Spirit
In past days God’s Spirit was sent to certain individuals… to anoint and to empower, but He also withdrew when His work was completed – or due to sin. Bezaleel was divinely empowered to do artistic work in the tabernacle of God. We read in Exodus 31, “I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to design artistic work (for the tabernacle)” Exodus 31:2

New Testament  Reality
The Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul – and David earnestly prayed to the Lord. “Do not cast me from your presence and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me”. Psalm 51:11 Yet the Holy Spirit is given to us as an indwelling reality – “ye in Me, and I in you”. Our body is the residence of the permanently, indwelling Holy Spirit of God.

Positional Truth
Christ told us the Spirit would be sent to sent to live within all church-age believers. Christ Himself prophesied of this positional truth as a new, future, and unique event. Paul was appointed to be the apostle to declare this new and wonderful positional truth. Paul’s writings are flooded with this glorious positional truth, of our unity with Christ.

Church-Age Reality
Our personal identity in Christ, and He, in us is the most stunning church-age reality… and not one believer should be uninformed about this amazing, beautiful privilege. Sometimes we discover that things are ‘through Him’, ‘with Him’, ‘of Him’ or ‘by Him’, but our position in Christ is the most important truth Christians should understand.

Scriptural Truth
Over 160 times Paul directs and redirects our attention to this vital, positional truth, and when the Spirit of God grabs our attention so unmistakably, we should listen. This isn’t a nice little emotional feeling of inner warmth or some physical experience. This is scriptural truth. It is a fact from the word of God. This is God’s gift to us.

In Christ
As believers, we are going to spend eternity with our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Let us unhesitatingly familiarise ourselves with all that it means to be “IN CHRIST”.


Bible References

20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah:

11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

Psalm 40

Psalm 43

Psalm 45


40 I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.

Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.

Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,

I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O Lord, thou knowest.

10 I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.

11 Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O Lord: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.

12 For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me.

13 Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me: O Lord, make haste to help me.

14 Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.

15 Let them be desolate for a reward of their shame that say unto me, Aha, aha.

16 Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The Lord be magnified.

17 But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.

Psalm 43

43 Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.

For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.

Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

Psalm 45

45 My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.

Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty.

And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.

Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies; whereby the people fall under thee.

Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.

Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.

Kings’ daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir.

10 Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father’s house;

11 So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him.

12 And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift; even the rich among the people shall intreat thy favour.

13 The king’s daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold.

14 She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee.

15 With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king’s palace.

16 Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth.

17 I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever.

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