In Christ

“But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.”

Romans 8:10

Just the other day my 19-month old daughter began using the words “no” and “mine” quite often. As precious as she is, my wife and I were by no means surprised by this sudden change because we knew these times were coming.And whether I choose to like it or not there is one important truth I’m reminded of, we are all sinful, born into iniquity, and in need of a Savior. We didn’t teach our daughter to say those things, we didn’t teach her to be disobedient and want her way, it was inherited. Adam’s sin in the garden was passed down to not only you and me but also to the generations that are to follow us.

So what’s the solution? I think we all know the answer to this, but do we understand it’s full implications? You see, it’s one thing to know a bunch of stuff about someone but quite another to have a relationship with that person. You know where I’m going with this now… It’s one thing to know about Jesus but quite another to personally and intimately know Jesus. To know Jesus means to have His righteousness. To know Jesus means to be in Christ. To know Jesus is to experience the fullness and joy of His life. In Christ we are free from sin and death, our fleshly bodies are dead, our life now has its source in God the Holy Spirit. Sin no longer has a stronghold on our hearts. Rejoice in this believer, that sin no longer has dominion over you! The Spirit breathes life into you and imparts to you the righteousness of Christ. Now walk in a manner worthy of the Gospel. Walk with the confidence that Christ is in you and He is your hope of glory!

I want to share with you an excerpt from the Valley of Vision, which is a collection of Puritan Prayers. I refer to it often because of its rich truth and poetic eloquence. Let the words be a reminder of Christ’s love and Lordship in your life.

            Help me to delight more in what I receive from Christ,

            More in that fullness which is in Him,

            The fountain of all His glory.

            Let me not think to receive the Spirit from Him as a ‘thing’

            Apart from finding, drinking, being filled with Him.

            To this end, O God, do thou establish me in Christ,

            Settle me, give me a being there,

            Assure me with certainty that all this is mine,

            For this only will fill my heart with joy and peace.