WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO LIVE IN CHRIST?
DEFININING LIFE IN CHRIST
Jesus said I am the way … to God. I came so that you may have life
and abundant joy … Life In Christ. (My own paraphrase.)
- After an examination of some of the scriptures that refer to being In Christ, how would you define “Life In Christ?”
- What does it mean to you to be” In Christ”?
- What does this phrase mean to you: “Christ in me … the hope of glory”
- Does the meaning of the phrase change if you consider the fact that when Moses came face to face with God, the glory of God was reflected in his face?
Phil. 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” In Greek, the word “through” literally means “IN” – so this verse tells us that “In Christ”, we have the power of the Holy Spirit, the strength of Christ, to face and deal with the problems that face us. The Message, which is a contemporary paraphrase, puts it this way, “Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.“ This does not mean that God is going to give us superhuman abilities to do anything WE want – things that are outside God’s will. But, the power we receive in union with Christ is sufficient to do God’s will and to face the challenges that arise from our commitment to doing it. This assurance should give us a “Can Do” attitude as we deal with the problems that we face, because we are not facing life on our own – we have a helper and the knowledge that we can do all things through or in Christ.
Copyright 2003 Diane Burton