Are you in a religion or in Christ?


The apostle Paul put much emphasis on being in Christ. He wrote:

But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.”

Paul uses the phrase, “in Christ” seventy-five times in his writings.

Of himself he wrote:

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14

When he wrote an epistle, he often referred to those in the church as those who were “in Christ.”  

He understood that regeneration, or newness of life in Christ, is what makes a real and lasting change in a person’s life.

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

and

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

Paul, also fully understood the security that true believers have in Christ Jesus our Lord:

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 created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

Who can name a religion that offers what Christ provides? I know of none!

John 3

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About jlue

I am a grandmother of seven and I like to garden, read, study the Bible, and spend time with family. I am not very politically active, but very interested in who is elected to lead our country.
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5 Responses to Are you in a religion or in Christ?

  1. chicagoja says:

    Paul said many things, some of which make one wonder why anyone would ever listen to his words; for example, Paul on women (1 Timothy 2:12) and Paul on obeying rulers (Romans 13:1-5).

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    • jlue says:

      The answer to that is easy. Paul was writing by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God and his words are recorded in the Bible. We who trust God believe that all scripture is given by inspiration of God and that all is profitable and to be believed and rightly divided.

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    • Josef Sefton says:

      Greetings Chicagoja!

      1 Timothy 2:12

      12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

      This is also a verse that I “struggle” with.
      Women certainly have a “teaching” role in general in life.

      I think the main point is that the LORD is against women usurping authority over men. The emphasis is on them learning to listen rather than doing all the talking!

      Enjoy your day and may the Lord increase your interest and love for His pure teachings!

      Josef Sefton

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      • jlue says:

        That is a hard concept in today’s world. I think you are right. Men are to have the leadership role. This is how our Lord intended it to be.

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