In Christ

In their New Testament writings, both Saints John and Paul make a point of  using the expression “In Christ.” This is usually unpacked to mean “In union with Christ,” or “through our participation in Christ.”

A stack of uninterpreted Bible quotes out of context is not a responsible way to assert or teach a Christian belief. But in this case I think it does make a fruitful meditation on what is true of the child of God who “abides in Him.” So here are the passages in the new Testament that describe the believer and Church that are in Christ:

In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. — John 1:4

“For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, — John 5:26

“He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. — John 6:56

“but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.” — John 10:38

So, when he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him. If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and glorify Him immediately.” — John 13:31,32

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. — John 15:5

being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, — Romans 3:24

Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. — Romans 6:11

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. — Romans 6:23

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. — Romans 8:1,2

nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. — Romans 8:39

so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. — Romans 12:5

Therefore I have reason to glory in Christ Jesus in the things which pertain to God. — Romans 15:17

Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, — Romans 16:3

Greet Andronicus and Junia, my countrymen and my fellow prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me. — Romans 16:7

Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and Stachys, my beloved. Greet Apelles, approved in Christ. Greet those who are of the household of Aristobulus. — Romans 16:9,10

To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: — 1 Cor 1:2

But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption — 1 Cor 1:30

And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. — 1 Cor 3:1

For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. — 1 Cor 4:15

For this reason I have sent Timothy to you, who is my beloved and faithful son in the Lord, who will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach everywhere in every church. — 1 Cor 4:17

Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. — 1 Cor 15:18,19

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. — 1 Cor 15:22

I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. — 1 Cor 15:31

My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen. — 1 Cor 16:24

For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us — by me, Silvanus, and Timothy — was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes. For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, — 2 Cor 1:19-21

Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. — 2 Cor 2:14

For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ. — 2 Cor 2:17

But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. — 2 Cor 3:14

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. — 2 Cor 5:17

that is that, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. — 2 Cor 5:19

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. — 2 Cor 5:21

But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. — 2 Cor 11:3

And I was unknown by face to the churches of Judea which were in Christ. — Galatians 1:22

And this occurred because of false brethren secretly brought in, who came in by stealth to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage, — Galatians 2:4

“knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified. — Galatians 2:16

that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. — Galatians 3:14

And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect. — Galatians 3:17

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. — Galatians 3:26

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. — Galatians 3:28

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love. — Galatians 5:6

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation. — Galatians 6:15

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus: — Ephesians 1:1

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, — Ephesians 1:3,4

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace — Ephesians 1:7

having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth, in Him. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, — Ephesians 1:9-11

that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, — Ephesians 1:12,13

which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, — Ephesians 1:20

and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. — Ephesians 2:6,7

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. — Ephesians 2:10

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. — Ephesians 2:13

having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, — Ephesians 2:15

in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. — Ephesians 2:21,22

that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel, — Ephesians 3:6

according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him. — Ephesians 3:11,12

And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you. — Ephesians 4:32

Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: — Philippians 1:1

so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; — Philippians 1:13

Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, — Philippians 2:1

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, — Philippians 2:5

For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh, — Philippians 3:3

and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; — Philippians 3:9

I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. — Philippians 3:14

Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you. — Philippians 4:21

To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. — Coloss 1:2

in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. — Coloss 1:14

And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. — Coloss 1:17

For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, — Coloss 1:19

Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. — Coloss 1:28

in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. — Coloss 2:3

As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, — Coloss 2:6

rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. — Coloss 2:7

For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, — Coloss 2:9-11

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. — 1 Thess 4:16

in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. — 1 Thess 5:18

that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. — 2 Thess 1:12

And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. — 1 Timothy 1:14

for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle — I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying — a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. — 1 Timothy 2:7

For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a good standing and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. — 1 Timothy 3:13

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus, — 2 Timothy 1:1

who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, — 2 Timothy 1:9

Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. — 2 Timothy 1:13

You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. — 2 Timothy 2:1

Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. — 2 Timothy 2:10

Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. — 2 Timothy 3:12

and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. — 2 Timothy 3:15

that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. — Philemon 1:6

Therefore, though I might be very bold in Christ to command you what is fitting, — Philemon 1:8

Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you, — Philemon 1:23

having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. — 1 Peter 3:16

Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to you all who are in Christ Jesus. Amen. — 1 Peter 5:14

This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. — 1 John 1:5

But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. — 1 John 2:5,6

Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining. — 1 John 2:8

But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him. And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. — 1 John 2:27,28

And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him. — 1 John 3:5,6

Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us. — 1 John 3:24

By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. — 1 John 4:13

Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. — 1 John 4:15,16

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. — 1 John 5:14

And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. — 1 John 5:20

Author: Father Silouan Thompson

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