In Christ

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”  (Ephesians 2:13)
For a moment let’s think about the new covenant of grace.
It is a covenant of relationship.
That simple phrase “in Christ” has more than just a simple meaning, in fact, the expanse and richness of the intimacy that is available to us by His grace it is beyond human comprehension.
 “In Christ” is where we live spiritually. It is also how we live. As surely as a fish is in the ocean and lives on the resources of the ocean, we are “in Christ” and live on the resources of Christ. As surely as an unborn child is in the mother and lives on the life of the mother, we are “in Christ” and live on the life of Christ.
 
We who believe in Jesus are not only “brought near by the blood of Christ”, we are joined to Him in a closeness like a body is to its head. “He is the head of the body, the church” (Colossians 1:18) and we can relate to the Lord Jesus closer than our hands or feet can relate to our own brain.
We can look to Jesus for direction and guidance. We can depend upon Him for the timing and the planning of our entire lives. We can be sure that He will watch over us, keep us no matter what the situation, because He Himself said, I give them eternal life, and they will never perish —ever! No one will snatch them out of My hand. (John 10:28)
The closeness we have with Him is like a vine and its branches for He said, I am the vine, you are the branches (John 15:5). We can look to Christ for our very source of life and vitality.
We don’t have to produce a life on our own. But we must stay focused on abiding in and depending on Him.  He makes our lives fruitful and effective.
We can count upon Jesus to love us faithfully and sacrificially. We can rest in His constant companionship, never leaving us for any reason throughout our life here on earth.
 
The blessings that are ours for all time are “in Christ.”  Joined to Him by His blood, nothing can separate us from the love that He has for us. 
“No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved
us. For I am persuaded that not even death or life, angels or rulers, things
present or things to come, hostile powers, height or depth, or any other
created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God
that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!” (Romans 8:37-39)
 
Let us all pray for everything that is available to us in Christ.  Let us desire above all things to be dependent on Him, just as the branches are dependent on the vine. And until we see Him face to face, let each of us pray that He will continue to reveal Himself to us through His Word.
 
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