In Christ

Have you ever sat and thought about what exactly the words “in Christ” entail? As I’ve studied on this, I found some “treasures” that I wanted to share with you.

Oddly enough, “in Christ” is really not a common phrase in our everyday Christian lingo. As a matter of fact, you may be wondering what does that even mean? One example that I found to help explain it stated this: “If you ask a man, “are you in business?” the man knows exactly what you mean. If you ask a young person, “are you in love?”, they understand exactly what you are asking, but if you ask a person if they are “in Christ” they often are confused by your question.

However, you can find this phrase repeat over and over throughout the New Testament. It seems that Paul was very fond of this phrase! As a matter of fact, if you counted up all of the times you see “in Christ”, or “in Him” (or the like) there are over 100.

In Him – Speaks of our union with Christ through His shed blood for the remission of our sins, and if we accept this gift of salvation through faith, we are then seen by God as righteous because we are in Christ. Once in Christ, this is an eternal unbreakable covenant union that cannot be lost or changed. (Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. )
Is there a safer place on Earth that you can be found? I submit to you the answer is a resounding “no”. You can find no greater love, no greater protection, no greater peace than when you are abiding “in Christ”. Paul put it this way in Philippians 1:21, he said, “for me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” and he echoes this again in Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me”. I think our treasure question for today then becomes, how does my everyday life display that I am “in Christ”? or does it at all? am I lacking? Can others tell that I am “in Christ”, just as they could easily see that I am “in love”, or “in a certain profession”, or “in a particular business”?
After you’ve had some time to ponder and pray through those questions, consider taking some time to review these verses below. By no means is this an exhaustive list, but it’s a great start as to what we have, how we can live, and what are we are “in Christ”.

• Acts 24:24 (Faith in Christ)
• Romans 3:24 (Redemption in Christ)
• Romans 8:1 (No condemnation in Christ)
• Romans 8:2 (Life in Christ)
• Romans 8:39 (Love of God in Christ)
• Romans 9:1 (Truth in Christ)
• Romans 12:5 (One body in Christ)
• Romans 16:3 (Coworkers in Christ)
• Romans 16:7 (Fellow believers in Christ)
• Romans 16:9 (Coworker in Christ)
• Romans 16:10 (Approved in Christ)
• 1 Corinthians 1:2 (Sanctified in Christ)
• 1 Corinthians 1:30 (A gift from God to be in Christ)
• 1 Corinthians 3:1 (Spiritual babes in Christ)
• 1 Corinthians 4:10 (Wisdom in Christ)
• 1 Corinthians 4:15 (Spiritual fathers/Instruction in Christ)
• 1 Corinthians 4:17 (Godly ways in Christ)
• 1 Corinthians 15:18 (Asleep in Christ)
• 1 Corinthians 15:19 (Hope in Christ)
• 1 Corinthians 15:22 (Alive in Christ)
• 1 Corinthians 15:31(Daily denial of self in Christ)
• 1 Corinthians 16:24 (Brotherly love in Christ)
• 2 Corinthians 1:21 (Strength in Christ)
• 2 Corinthians 2:14 (Displayed in Christ)
• 2 Corinthians 2:17 (Sincerity in Christ)
• 2 Corinthians 3:14 (The veil set aside for those in Christ)
• 2 Corinthians 5:17 (New creation in Christ)
• 2 Corinthians 5:19 (Reconciliation in Christ)
• 2 Corinthians 12:19 (Speaking in Christ)
• Galatians 1:22 (Churches in Christ)
• Galatians 2:4 (Freedom in Christ)
• Galatians 3:26 (Sons through faith in Christ)
• Galatians 3:28 (One in Christ)
• Ephesians 1:1 (Faithful saints in Christ)
• Ephesians 1:3 (Blessed in Christ)
• Ephesians 1:10 (Together in Christ)
• Ephesians 1:12 (Trust in Christ)
• Ephesians 1:20 (Power in Christ)
• Ephesians 2:6 (Seated in Christ)
• Ephesians 2:10 (Created for good works in Christ)
• Ephesians 2:13(Brought near in Christ)
• Ephesians 3:6 (Partakers in the promise in Christ)
• Ephesians 3:11 (Eternal purpose in Christ)
• Philippians 1:1 (Saints in Christ)
• Philippians 1:13 (Persecution in Christ)
• Philippians 2:1 (Encouragement in Christ)
• Philippians 2:5 (Attitude in Christ)
• Philippians 3:3 (Rejoice in Christ)
• Philippians 3:14 (High calling in Christ)
• Colossians 1:2 (Faithful saints in Christ)
• Colossians 1:4 (Faith in Christ)
• Colossians 1:28 (Mature in Christ)
• Colossians 2:5 (Steadfast faith in Christ)
• 1 Thessalonians 2:14 (Churches in Christ)
• 1 Thessalonians 4:16 (Dead in Christ)
• 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (God’s will in Christ)
• 1 Timothy 1:14 (Faith and love in Christ)
• 1 Timothy 2:7 (Truth in Christ)
• 1 Timothy 3:13 (Great boldness in faith in Christ)
• 2 Timothy 1:1 (Life in Christ)
• 2 Timothy 1:9 (Purpose and grace in Christ)
• 2 Timothy 1:13 (Faith and love in Christ)
• 2 Timothy 2:1 (Grace in Christ)
• 2 Timothy 2:10 (Salvation in Christ)
• 2 Timothy 3:12 (Godly life in Christ)
• 2 Timothy 3:15 (Faith in Christ)
• Philemon 1:6 (Good things in Christ)
• Philemon 1:8 (Bold in Christ)
• Philemon 1:23 (Fellow prisoner in Christ)
• 1 Peter 3:16 (Good conversation in Christ)
• 1 Peter 5:14 (Peace in Christ)