The day we receive salvation, Jesus Christ literally comes to live in our hearts, and as He regenerates our spirit - we have a born-again experience. But that is not all that happens to us; by faith, God puts us “In Christ.” We don’t work our way into Christ or grow our way into Him. We enter into Christ by faith. I spent a great portion of my life, after becoming a Christian, not realizing that I was “in Christ.” I struggled with my flesh and lived a defeated life much of the time, because I didn’t know or understand that God had placed me “in Christ”. We need to learn what it means to be “in Christ” so we can experience the abundance of His blessings and benefits that come with a life lived in the beloved Son of God. Being “in Christ” is the greatest thing that can happen to a believer, and it is where I intend to spend the rest of my life.

Certainly our souls need to be transformed to allow the Word of God to grow in us as we yield to Him. This is called progressive sanctification, and all of us need to cooperate with God as He forms and builds the character of Christ in us. But being placed “in Christ” is something that God does on the day of our salvation, and we enter into Christ by faith. We should not live in denial of what Jesus Christ died to purchase for us, but instead, we should embrace everything we are “in Christ.”

The remainder of this blog delineates some of the amazing things that happen to us when God puts us “in Christ.” There are countless benefits and blessings derived from a personal relationship with God, through Jesus Christ. 

We are accepted in the beloved Son of God.
This is amazing to think about, as God accepts us into His Son, even though when we came to God we were all rank sinners. No matter how rough of a life you have lived, when you come to Jesus just as you are, repent of your sins and ask Him to come into your heart, God reaches down and places you in the beloved Son.

To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. Ephesians 1:6

Your life is hidden with Christ in God.
This too is an amazing thought as we are now crucified with Christ; our old man is dead because of what Jesus did at the cross and our lives are hidden with Christ in God. Now, when God looks at us, He doesn’t see our flesh, mistakes, and failures, instead He sees Christ Jesus, and His righteousness. 

For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Colossians 3:3

We enter the Rock through His clefts.
I like the analogy in the Song of Solomon where His dove was in the cleft of the rock. We enter into Christ through the wounds of Jesus.

O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely. Song of Solomon 2:14

We become born again, regenerated through a new birth.
But, when God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. Titus 3:4-5 NLT

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. John 3:5-7

We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. I John 5:18

We become a child of God through adoption.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: Romans 8:14-16

Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, Ephesians 1:5

We become a new creature. 
Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. II Corinthians 5:17

We receive a new identity. 
The entire New Testament is about us receiving a new identity. Our old man was crucified with Jesus at the cross, and we now can walk in newness of life through our new name, or our new identity. We now are who God says we are, instead of who the devil or our carnal mind tells us we are. Jesus purchased my new identity at the cross of Calvary.

But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy. I Peter 2:9-10 NLT

Our sins are forgiven and forgotten. 
In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Colossians 1:14

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I John 1:9

For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. Hebrews 8:12

We are justified and have peace with God.
Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: Romans 5:1

We obtain Christ righteousness imputed to us.
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. II Corinthians 5:21

And therefore, it was imputed to him for righteousness. Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Romans 4:22-24

We are reconciled to God. 
For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. Romans 5:10

To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. II Corinthians 5:19

We become a Saint. 
In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus, he referred to all the believers as Saints. 

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: Ephesians 1:1

We no longer suffer condemnation. 
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:1

We become heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. 
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. Romans 8:16 -17

We become members of the Body of Christ. 
Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. I Corinthians 12:27

We are the temple of the Holy Spirit and He lives inside of us.
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? I Corinthians 3:16

We have been sealed by the Holy Spirit. 
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Ephesians 1:13

We are blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: Ephesians 1:3

We are chosen in Him to be holy and without blame in love.
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Ephesians 1:4

We are predestined to be His children.
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, Ephesians 1:5

We are loved by God. 
The entire Bible tells the great story of God’s love toward mankind. When we are first saved, we begin to realize how much God loves us. When we become aware of living our lives “in Christ”, our understanding of God’s love increases. As we receive a greater revelation of God’s love, we become transformed. God’s love is the only thing that can change the heart of man.

We are a chosen & holy people, a royal priest, God’s own possession.
But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. I Peter 2:9 NLT

We are holy brethren and partakers of the heavenly calling. 
Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Hebrews 3:1

We are the children of the light.
But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. I Thessalonians 5:4-5

We are Christ’s Ambassadors. 
Now then we are ambassadors for Christ,.. II Corinthians 5:20

We are citizens of heaven. 
But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. Philippians 3:20 NLT

We are God’s workmanship. 
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

We are co-laborers with God. 
We then, as workers together with him, ... II Corinthians 6:1

For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. I Corinthians 3:9

We are seated with Christ in heavenly places. 
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: Ephesians 2:6

We have been made complete in Christ. 
For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: Colossians 2:9-10

We may partake of the divine nature of God. 
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. II Peter 1:4

We have the mind of Christ. 
For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. I Corinthians 2:16

Our needs are met by God. 
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

Christ, the hope of Glory lives in us. 
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Colossians 1:27

We may approach God with boldness and confidence. 
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16

Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, Hebrews 10:19

We can have boldness instead of fear at the judgment seat. 
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. I John 4:17

We have the spirit of love and not fear. 
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. II Timothy 1:7

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. I John 4:18

We can know all things work together for our good and God’s glory. 
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

We cannot be separated from God’s love. 
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Romans 8:35

We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13

God will answer our prayers in Jesus’s name. 
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. John 14:13-14

God will finish the work that He began in us. 
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Philippians 1:6

This is just a short list of key benefits and blessings that we can experience in our daily lives as we learn how to go by faith, into Christ. We need to learn who and what we are “in Christ”. As we learn to abide in Christ and rest in Christ, then we will learn how to walk in His resurrection power and learn to live the victorious and abundant life that Jesus Christ has promised those that follow Him. It is simply a matter of seeing ourselves the way that God now sees us, “In Christ.” We must understand and keep in mind that our entire relationship with God is predicated entirely upon our faith in Jesus Christ. 

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless, I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

The life we now live, we live by the faith of Jesus Christ. Therefore, we should believe every promise in His Word, because Jesus died to give us these riches of His grace. 

I would encourage you to keep looking in the Word of God for the riches and treasures that God gives to those that live “in Christ Jesus”. If you spend a few hours in the Word of God, you could probably find over 100 more promises, benefits and blessings that Jesus died to give you. When I think of all the great things Jesus has done for me, I just want to sing this little song.

Oh, what a Savior
Isn't He wonderful
Sing alleluia, Christ is risen
Bow down before Him
For He is Lord of all
Sing alleluia, Christ is risen

O come to the altar
The Father's arms are open wide
Forgiveness was bought with
The precious blood of Jesus Christ

My prayer for you is that God will grant you a greater revelation of just how much He loves you, and that you will begin to see clearer who you are “in Christ”, so that you may receive the riches of His grace and the abundant life that Jesus Christ died to give you.

Bill Hudson

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