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In Christ

 

ALWAYS.

Seven things the believer in Christ is always to do:—.

. Jehovah is to be always the Object before the soul for salvation and strength. “ I have set the Lord always before me” (Psalm 16:8).

. The garments of the life are always to be kept white by righteousness. “ Let thy garments be always white” (Ecclesiastes 9:8).

. The commandments of the Lord are always to be obeyed. “ Thou shalt love the Lord thy God, and keep His charge, and His statutes, and His judgments, and His commandments, always” (Deuteronomy 11:1).

. Holiness to the Lord is to be the feature in the character. “ Holiness to the Lord…always” (Eph.6:18).

. Prayer is the oil that keeps the believer always running smoothly on the rails of truth. “ Praying always” (Eph.6:18).

. Joy is always the outcome of the recognition of the Lordship of Christ. “ Rejoice in the Lord always” (Phil.4:4).

. The lamp of testimony will always burn brightly if fed by the oil of the Spirit. “ Oil…to cause the lamp to burn always” (Exodus 27:20).

── F.E. MarshFive Hundred Bible Readings

 

INCLUSIVENESS OF “ IN CHRIST.”

“ In Christ” is an inclusive term, for it tells us that the believer is blessed with all spiritual blessings in. Him.

Ⅰ. In Christ we are absolved from all charges. “ In (en, the preposition that is usually rendered in ) Him all that believe are justified from all things” (Acts 13:39).

Ⅱ. In Christ we have bequeathed to us untold bounty. “ Freely bestowed on us in the Beloved” (Eph.1:6, R.V.)

Ⅲ. In Christ we are chosen in the holiness of His person, “ Chosen us in Him……that we should be holy” (Eph.1:4).

Ⅳ. In Christ we are delivered from all condemnation. “ No condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus” (Rom.8:1).

Ⅴ. In Christ we have an endowment that is sufficient for all our need. “ God shall fulfil every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Phil.4:19, R.V.).

Ⅵ. In Christ we are filled with the fullness of God. “ In Him dwelleth the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and in Him ye are made full” (Col.2:9,10,R.V.).

Ⅶ. In Christ there is the grace that is impregnable in its protection. “ Strong in the grace that is satisfying in its nature. “ Rejoice in Christ Jesus” (Phil.3:3).

Ⅷ. In Christ there is a happiness that is satisfying in its nature. “ Rejoice in Christ Jesus” (Phil.3:3)

Ⅸ. In Christ there is an inheritance that is unchanging in its character. “ In whom we have obtained an inheritance” ( Eph.1:11).

Ⅹ. In Christ there is a justification that is irrevocable in its character. “ In whom we have obtained an inheritance” (Cal.2:16. R.V.)

Ⅺ. In Christ there is a justification that is certain in its security. “ The peace of God……shall guard your hearts and thoughts in Christ Jesus” (Phil.4:7, R.V.).

Ⅻ.  In Christ there is a life that is unending in its energy, “ Gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus” (Rom.6:23, R.V.).

XIII. In Christ there is a meetness that is sufficient for God’s presence. “ Sanctified in Christ Jesus” (1. Cor.1:2).

XIV. In Christ there is a nearness that is unequalled in its approach. “ In Christ Jesus ye that once were far off are made nigh in the blood of Christ” (Eph.2:13, R.V.)

XV.  In Christ there is a oneness that is inseparable in its bond. “ Ye are all one in Christ Jesus” Gal.3:28.

XVI.  In Christ we have a position that is unparalleled in its dignity. “ Raised us up with Him and made us to sit with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” Eph.2:6, R.V.

XVII. In Christ we have a redemption, that is the channel of all blessing from God. “ Justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Rom.3:24).

XVIII. In Christ we have a salvation that is mighty in its outcome. “ Saved in (margin) His life” (Rom.5:10, R.V.)

── F.E. MarshFive Hundred Bible Readings

 

INDWELLING.

What is the result or evidence of God dwelling in us, and we dwelling in God? We can but give a few of the Scriptures, reminding our readers that the Greek word meno is translated in our Testament by eight different words, 6z., abide, continue, remain, tarry, be present, endure, stand, and dwell. The following are a few of the results or evidences.

Feeding upon Christ (John 6:56).

Keeping His commandments (1. John 3:24).

Dwelling in love (1. John 4:16).

Confessing Jesus as the Son of God (1. John 4:15).

Abiding in the light (1. John 2:10).

Not abiding in darkness ( John 12:46).

Abiding in Christ (John 15:4-10).

Loving one another (1. John 3:11).

Word of God abiding in us (1. John 2:14).

Doing the will of God (1. John 2:17).

Continuing in His Word (John 8:31).

Continuing in love (John 15:9).

Continuing in the Son (1. John 2:24).

Continuing in the Father (1. John 2:24).

His joy remaining in us (John 15:11).

Walking as He walked (1. John 2:6).

Continuing in the things we have heard (11. Tim.3:14).

── F.E. MarshFive Hundred Bible Readings

 

“ IN HIM.”

Ⅰ. Faith in Him (Colossians 2:5). “ Stedfastness of your faith in Christ.”

Ⅱ. Redemption in Him ( Ephesians 1:7). “ In whom we have redemption.”

Ⅲ. Accepted in Him (Eph.1:6). “ Accepted in the Beloved.”

Ⅳ. Complete in Him (Col.2:10). “ Ye are complete in Him.”

Ⅴ. Built up in Him (Col.2:7). “ Built up in Him.”

Ⅵ. Rooted in Him ( Col.2:7). “ Rooted in Him.”

Ⅶ. Walking in Him (Col.2:6). “ Walk ye in Him.”

── F.E. MarshFive Hundred Bible Readings

 

“ IN ME.”

What manifold evidence there was in the life of Paul to the truth, that Christ lived in him. See the following Scriptures, noticing especially the words, “ In me”:--

Ⅰ. Salvation by Him. “ Revealed His Son in me” (Gal.1:16).

Ⅱ. Shining for Him.” They glorified God in me” (Gal.1:24).

Ⅲ. Sanctification by him. “ Seen in me” (Philippians 4:9; 1. Timothy 1:16).

Ⅳ. Service with Him. “ Christ speaking in me” (11. Cor.13:3).

Ⅴ. Settled confidence in Him. “ Truth of Christ is in me” (11. Cor.11:10).

Ⅵ. Suffering for Him. “ Conflict in me” (Phil.1:30).

Ⅶ. Spirit manifested. “ Mighty in me” (Gal.2:8; Col.1:29).

── F.E. MarshFive Hundred Bible Readings

 

IN THE  LORD.

Ⅰ. Unity. Brethren in the Lord. “ Many of the brethren in the Lord” (Phil.1:4).

Ⅱ. Faith. Trust in the Lord. “ I trust in the Lord” (Phil.2:19,24.).

Ⅲ. Fellowship. In the Lord. “ Receive him, therefore, in the Lord” ( Phil.2:29).

Ⅳ. Rejoicing. Rejoice in the Lord. “ Rejoice in the Lord always” (Phil.4:10).

Ⅴ. Stability. Stand fast in the Lord. “ Stand fast in the Lord” (Phil.4:1).

Ⅵ. Oneness. Same mind in the Lord. “ That they be of same mind in the Lord” (Phil.4:2).

Ⅶ. Witness. Example of rejoicing in the Lord. “ I rejoiced in the Lording greatly” (Phil.4:10).

── F.E. MarshFive Hundred Bible Readings