In Christ Realities
We are looking at the top ten things I wished someone would have told me to get me started on my walk with God. Number seven is the “In Him” realities. If I had known these sooner in my walk with God, I know it would have helped me realize who God had made me to be. Philemon 1:6 (AmplC) “[And I pray] that the participation in and sharing of your faith may produce and promote full recognition and appreciation and understanding and precise knowledge of every good [thing] that is ours in [our identification with] Christ Jesus [and unto His glory]. We must identify with who we are in Christ Jesus and what He has given us.
The best way to do that is to realize that you can’t be who God has made you to be in your own strength. The way it helped me was when someone pointed out the difference of being “In Him” versus being “In You.” In Myself I know nothing (I Corinthians 8:2). But “In Him” according to I Corinthians 1:5 we are enriched by Him in all utterance and in all knowledge. I Corinthians 2:16 says we have the mind of Christ. We also must realize in ourselves we are nothing. Galatians 6:3 says, “For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.” But when we are in Christ, everything changes. In Him I am somebody. I am a new creature in Christ Jesus (II Corinthians 5:17). I am righteous in Him (II Corinthians 5:21). I am ruling and reigning like a king in this life by one Christ Jesus (Romans 5:17). In myself I have nothing versus being in Him where I can have everything I need. In John 3:27 and I Corinthians 4:7 the scriptures make us aware that everything a man receives comes from Heaven. There is nothing worthwhile we have that we got on our own strength; even brains or bravery, everything was given to us. But when I come in Christ that is a place where I have all I need. I am complete in Him (Colossians 2:10). All the promises of God are yes and amen in him (II Corinthians 1:20). That means I lack nothing. We also have everything we need spiritually because we are in Him (Ephesians 1:3). If that were not enough, He puts it all together in Abraham in Galatians 3:14 and tells us through Christ Jesus all the blessing that Abraham walked in are ours by faith.
The last one I want you to see is in yourself you can do nothing. Jesus very clearly said in John 15:5 that without Him we could do nothing. Thank God! We are no longer trying to do it on our own. We are in Him and He is in us. Romans 8:37 says we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. We know that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13). I don’t have to try and do anything in my own strength anymore because I am in Him. Thank God for the “In Christ” realities. There are so many more and you and I should walk in all Jesus has provided for us. I challenge you to go through the Epistles and underline the “In Him,” the “In Whom,” the “By Him” and many others that say who you are in Christ Jesus.