Are We IN Christ or Just in Church?

Paul wrote, “And of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:” (1Co 1:30 KJ2000). Notice that little word “in.” Paul did not say “about” or “unto” or “upon,” but rather he used the intimate word “in.”

It is the Father’s doing that we who have believed INTO His Son (the true meaning of John 3:15, 16, 18 and all the other salvation verses in the N.T.) are placed IN Him by that same faith. The word “in” referring to Christ Jesus is found in more than eighty verses in the New Testament, yet we spend our whole religious lives oblivious to where we live and to how many are the privileges we have in where the Father has placed us. Instead we see ourselves in this world to the extent that we are OF the world. The church system has inoculated us against who we are IN Christ.

Paul, speaking to the Athenians said, “In Him we live and move and have our beings” as the saints of God. He did not say, “In the world we live and move and have our being.” Nor did he say, “In church do we live and move and have our being.”

We in Christendom have been taught that the more we are in our respective churches and their functions, the more we are “in Christ.” The “church” has become “our wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification and redemption” not Christ Jesus. Even focusing on being “out of the church system” can fall short of who we are IN Christ when it becomes our identity.

When Jesus is our All in all, then we have unity for IN Him we all have the same redemption (salvation), the same wisdom of the Spirit, the same righteousness and the same sanctification. It is ALL of Him and not of the whims of religious men and their doctrines or of ourselves. Only as we each live and move and have our being IN Christ Jesus will we know the unity in the Father which is ours.

“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus…” LITERALLY!

2 comments on “Are We IN Christ or Just in Church?

  1. oikoskrk says:

    In Him is exactly where we need to BE!


  2. Mia says:

    Hi Michael
    Amen! For to long I have believed myself to be in Christ, but only after our Lord rescued me from the shackles of church the way the world defines church, could I experience the new life in our Lord Jesus. Where it previously has been more of a believe than a reality, it now has truly become a way of life.


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