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Classic Christian teaching from the holy Bible

Identifying With Christ

on September 28, 2012

Ephesians 1:3

Christianity isn’t simply a belief system – it’s a whole new identity.

Many people mistakenly believe that one’s religious preference is irrelevant because all religions eventually lead to the same spiritual destination.

Such thinking is sheer folly, however, because Scripture declares that no one comes to God apart from Jesus (John 14:6). He is the only source of salvation (Acts 4:12) and the only One powerful enough to redeem us and hold us secure forever (John 10:28).

Every Christian shares a common supernatural union with Christ. Paul said, “The one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him” (1 Cor. 6:17). We are in Him, and He is in us. His life flows through us by His Spirit, who indwells us (Romans 8:9).

As a non-Christian, you were in bondage to evil (Romans 3:10-12), enslaved to the will of satan (1 John 5:19), under divine wrath (Romans 1:18), spiritually dead (Eph. 2:1: 17-18), and without hope (Eph. 2:12). But at the moment of your salvation a dramatic change took place. You became a new creation in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17), alive in Him (Eph. 2:8), enslaved to God (Romans 6:22), and a recipient of divine grace (Eph. 2:8). When you came to Christ, you were “delivered … from the domain of darkness, and transferred … to the kingdom of God’s beloved Son” (Col. 1:13). You now possess His righteousness (2 Cor. 5:21) and share in His eternal inheritance (Romans 8:16-17).

All those blessings – and many more – are yours because you are in Christ. What a staggering reality! In a sense, what He is, you are.  What He has, you have. Where He is, you are.

When the Father sees you, He sees you in Christ and blesses you accordingly. When others see you, do they see Christ in you? “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

Suggestions for Prayer: Thank God for His marvelous grace in taking you from spiritual death to spiritual life in Christ. Ask Him for wisdom and discernment to live this day for His good pleasure.

For Further Study: Read the book of Ephesians, noting every occurrence of the phrase “in Christ.” What has God accomplished in Christ? What blessings are yours in Christ?

~John MacArthur~

 

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