We are “In Christ”: Is there grander comfort?

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DoctrineWe are in Christ

Ken Frech, the man and friend who led me to Christ got me started right by being a man of the Book. I would ask a question, and Ken would open his Bible. I would ask another question and Ken would turn to another page. Another question, another page. Another question, another book.

It didn’t take long for me to learn that the Bible was a book of wisdom, truth, and answers to the questions of life. One of the great truths that Ken exposed me to was the concept of what the Apostle Paul calls being “in Christ.” 

Some years later, maybe a decade later, when I too had joined the staff of Campus Crusade, I remember a conversation with Ken where we both were lamenting the lack of basic understanding in the body of Christ and even among some of the new staff of Campus Crusade (now Cru) concerning what it means to be “in Christ.”

The quote below skirts some the edge of the truth and hints at the value of studying and rediscovering it anew for the church in 21st Century.

“Where are we?  In some locality of earth’s surface, where the will of God has set us.  Perhaps in a spot familiar to us from the dawn of memory, made to be to us what it is by a thousand associations of love, of loss, of joy, of grief; intensely near to our consciousness, whether to absorb affections or to make trail felt.  Perhaps in some strange alien place, remote in miles from the home of old (it may be on the other side of the globe), or remoter still in character and circumstances.  And we are meant not to ignore this locality, but to accept it, to enter into it, to sympathize with it, to submit, to love.  But in order to do this aright we are called to remember our other and transcendent locality; we are `in Christ.'” 

     (H.C.G. Moule, Colossian and Philemon Studies, p. 28-29)

This being “in Christ” makes all the difference. Make it a topic for personal meditation and plan a series soon to educate your people. They need the doctrine. So do you.                  

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