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.” Ephesians 1:3 (NKJ)
What does the believer need to “live victoriously”? Some people think it begins with identifying their “spiritual gifts” so they can serve in the church (Eph. 4:12). Others search out the “benefits of Christian living” claiming the promises of God as their own (2 Cor. 1:20). But I contend that the most important understanding that leads to victorious living (for new and sage believers) is in understanding our spiritual blessings in Christ. Spiritual blessings in Christ are the means by which believers gain access to, acceptance from, and authority of God. As we celebrate Advent 2017, let’s explore what it means to be in Christ and the spiritual blessings associated with it. These are the things that Christ came to give us in His first Advent and will be fully realized at His return.
When I began my Christian walk, the meaning of “in Christ” was a mystery to me. I tried to understand it based on those things I was familiar with. For example, I established membership in the local church, and I was in fellowship with its members to serve and glorify God in my life. But “in Christ”, what did it mean?
“In Christ” is the present experience of the risen Christ indwelling the believer’s heart by the Spirit thereby incorporating the personality of Christ. It is more than an imitation of the life and teaching of Jesus. It describes the believer’s union with Christ as a result of the divine action of grace by God. The result of that action is the believer is transformed into a “new creation” (2 Cor. 5:17).
“In Christ” isn’t the result of keeping the Law or by good works—it is a gift of God (Eph. 2:10). How is this accomplished? By taking part of weak flesh and blood, Christ was able to satisfy the righteous requirement of God, to destroy the devil, and to deliver us from the penalty of sin (Heb. 2:14-15). In exchange, we have moved from being “dead in our trespasses” (Eph. 2:1) to our new position of being “in Christ.” It is here that believers are put in a vital union and communion with Him so that we are identified with Him.
“In Christ” describes the believer’s identity with Christ and his position before God the Father. The believer (in position) can now begin the process of being conformed (in practice) to the image of Christ—righteous and holy (Rom. 12:2). In Christ God makes His superabundant blessing available to His children by faith in Christ so that what Christ has is theirs—including His righteousness, privilege, resources, position and power. Believers are able to draw upon the wealth of Christ to accomplish God’s purpose and His will.
DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is a self-replicating material present in nearly all living organisms. It is the unique string of characteristics that make us who we are—physically and mentally. In Christ, we have been given a new spiritual DNA that equips us for the purpose and plan God has created for our lives. In Christ we have been given everything we need to live godly and productive lives (2 Pet. 1:3-4). Join with us next week as we continue to explore, “Spiritual Blessings for Victoriously Living.”
SELAH: “Christ became like us so that we can become like Him”. How does being in Christ affect your daily life and routine?