Over the years I’ve collected quotations on these topics. Let me share a few:
On that wintry day when my car left me stranded, my ignorance of the car manufacturer’s provision almost made a bad day much, much worse! At Word of Life Bible Institute, “Bible” is the center of all we do, from the morning Quiet Time, to scripture memory, to classes, to ministries, to chapels, to evening devotions, to Sunday services, and also chapter titles! We trust while you were here this saturation in the Word of God “made all the difference,” and we are hoping if you have lost track of the incredible riches we have in the “key,” you will remind yourself of that source of power and make sure it is a central feature of your lifestyle today as well!
As I think of all the years this key fob has been with me every single day and my ignorance of the special power contained within it for my time of need, I’m reminded of all the riches that believers have in Christ Jesus, and how often, unfortunately, we are either ignorant of what Christ offers for our daily struggles or have forgotten due to infrequent access. I am impressed with how often Paul talks about the importance of us being “in Christ” and Christ being “in us.” Here’s a quick statistical study:
“InChrist”: Thisdenotesour position: Where He is, we are. It defines our privilege: What He is, we are. It describes our possessions: What He has, we share. And it determines our practice: What He does, we do.
As the root is in the soil, the branch in the vine, the fish in the sea, the bird in the air, so the place of the Christian’s life is "in Christ."
1. “In Christ” (including “in Him,” etc.) occurs seventy-seven times in the KJV New Testament (twenty-two times in Ephesians and twelve times in Colossians alone!).
Christ did not die simply that we might be saved from a bad conscience, or even to remove the stain of past failure, but to clear the way for divine action. When God redeemed us through the precious blood of His dear Son, He gave us nothing less than the resurrection life of God, the Son, made over to us in the Person of God, the Holy Spirit. With what magnificent confidence we may step out into the future when once we have consented to die to our own self effort, and to make ourselves available as a redeemed sinner to all that God has made available to us in His risen Son! To be in Christ— that is redemption; but for Christ to be in us—that is sanctification! To be in Christ—that makes us fit for Heaven; but for Christ to be in us—that makes us fit for earth! To be in Christ—that changes our destination; but for Christ to be in us—that changes our destiny! The one makes Heaven our home—the other makes this world His workshop.
2. “With Christ” occurs nine times in the KJV New Testament.
In Ephesians, Paul emphasizes the “riches” we have in Christ Jesus and states that as we are “in Christ” and “He in us,” we are seated in the heavenlies and can “draw down” power to live a successful Christian life from our account in the “Great Bank of Heaven” (“Heavenly”: Ephesians 1:3, 1:20, 2:6, 3:10. “Riches”: Romans 2:4, 9:23, 10:12, 11:12, 11:33; Ephesians 1:7, 1:8, 2:7, 3:8, 3:16; Philippians 4:19; Colossians 1:27). a. Dying with Christ: Romans 6:8 b. Crucified with Christ: Romans 6:6 c. Buried with Christ: Romans 6:4 d. Raised with Christ: Romans 6:4 e. Seated with Christ: Ephesians 2:6 f. Living now with Christ: Romans 8:17 g. Future deliverance with Christ: Romans 6:5 h. After death with Christ: 1 Thessalonians 4:17 i. Reigning with Christ: Revelation 20:4
Tom Davis is a graduate of Word of Life Bible Institute (1972), Lancaster Bible College (1975), Grace Theological Seminary (1978), and Nova Southeastern University (Ed.D., 1998). He spent 14 months studying in Israel at Jerusalem University College (1984-85). Tom is a Distinguished Professor and currently in his 42nd year of teaching at the Bible Institute. He and his wife have been married since 1974, and they have 6 children and 16 grandchildren.
-Major W. Ian Thomas
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