I took the Romans Project challenge this year and was blessed to make it through Romans 1, but I'm struggling with the amazing chapter of Romans 8. I've been reciting the first portion of this chapter over and over and learned the first verse extremely well from all the repetition.
So I'm thinking there's a reason I'm like a broken record with the first verse:
I need to be preaching this nugget of truth to myself on a daily basis.
I am In Christ.
This promise that those who are in Christ are secure, not under condemnation, free from guilt.
Those who are in Christ have been set free.
The catch is, if I am not in Christ then the only place I can be is in outside of Christ.
"Some are in him and some are not. Paul assumes this everywhere in his writings. There are those "in Christ" and there are those "outside." Paul is not a universalist. He says explicitly in Romans 9:3, with grief, that there are those who are "accursed, separated from Christ." The opposite of the precious phrase "in Christ" (en kristõ) is the terrible phrased "[separated] from Christ" (apo tou Kristou) Where are you? In Christ? Or separated from Christ?" (J. Piper)
We need to know if we're either in Christ or separated from Christ.
For those who are in Christ, this is a beautiful union in life.
How we need to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ everyday to ourselves, believing in the word of God, and submitting to the work of the Holy Spirit.
"To say the least, being "in Christ" is vital for every believer to experience and understand because being "in Christ" is the one thing that changes everything.
At the end of the day . . . being "in Christ" is so sentry to a thriving and victorious life that it should go without saying that its neglect by modern-day preachers and teachers is a driving reason behind the struggles of many Christians today." (Mark Driscoll, "Who Do You Think you Are?"
When we are in Christ, we need repeated reminders of who we are in Christ, who is the I AM.
Do you struggle with your identity?
Are insecurities keeping you from living the life set out for you?
When we are in Christ we need to find our security in Him.
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