One of the most powerful phrases in the New Testament is “In Christ”. Before I understood the simple reality of this phrase; many of God’s promises seemed mysterious or even unattainable to me.
20For as many as are the promises of God, in Him (Christ) they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us. 21Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God.” (2 Cor.1)
The Scriptures have many promises given and Paul was convinced that they were ALL available IN CHRIST. God himself, has established us IN CHRIST.
The problem is that people find it easier to walk by what they see, feel, touch, taste or think instead of by FAITH. The righteous live and walk by faith! Faith continues to come by hearing (not simply having heard previously). Living in faith is staying connected (in your heart and mind) to the True Vine but living sensually; or even intellectually, is like disconnecting your heart and mind from the vine and attaching it to the world.
Be not conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind! Continue to remake your mind new! This same verse continues to say that this is how we ” you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
We can’t even know God’s will without making our mind new in God’s TRUTH; let alone prove his Good and perfect will! What is His will?
Why would we pray anything less than what Jesus taught? Why would we pray “if it be your will”; since Jesus has already clearly established that it IS GOD’s WILL?
These questions need to be answered in truth. It’s part of renewing the mind.
The TRUTH is that we are already a new man; a new creation IN CHRIST. We are already created in God’s likeness; righteous in the spirit forever and holy! The old things HAVE passed away and all things (in our spirit) have been made completely new, unlike anything that the world has ever seen before!
We don’t need to become a branch on the Vine; Jesus has already connected us to him! (John 15) We don’t need to wait for Jesus to come rapture us to Heaven; we are already united to him and seated with him, with every heavenly blessing in the spirit! (Eph.1:3)
All of these things are IN CHRIST but, we need to believe what HE HAS DONE for us and simply receive it! We don’t acquire these things. The have been fulfilled in him, for us. They don’t simply happen to us by God’s “sovereignty”, “the Kingdom of God is advancing and the violent seize it by force.”
God’s Rest is IN CHRIST and was first made available thousands of years ago and the promise remains for us today and we enter by faith and patient endurance. (Heb.4:1-9)
“6Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.