Much spiritual loss has occurred through our not understanding
one of the pillar truths of the salvation which we have experienced.
This pillar, which is expressed by these two words, "In
Him," puts life and strength into every part of our redemption.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth IN HIM should not perish,
but have everlasting life" John3:16.
The first step to Salvation is to "Believe upon Jesus
Christ." There are those who desire to be saved, but
do not understand what is meant by believing. These may intellectually
believe that Jesus is the Saviour of the world and believe
the teachings of the Gospel, yet not be saved.
These two words, "In Him" tells us that we do
not receive eternal life apart from Christ. Eternal life is
not given to us in the sense that we carry it away with us
as a personal possession, apart from Him.
This lack of understanding exists within many Christians,
though it may be unconsciously. The Word of God tells us that
life is in the Son. "He that hath the Son hath life;
and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life" I
John 5:12. Not only is life in the Son, but in order to receive
it, we must be placed "in Him" through faith. We
were put into Him in God's thought and plan, when Jesus hung
upon the Cross of Calvary. By faith we must step into this
It is a staggering thought that all of the human race was
shut up in Christ on the Cross. This did not take place in
His life, but rather in His death upon the cross so every
man would die in Him. Jesus paid the penalty for every sin
and transgression of every sinner. Through His atonement,
provision was made for every man to be saved, whether he accepts
it or not.
God took all of the uncleanness and sin, all that was brought
into the world by the fall of man, together with the human
race, which contained this uncleanness, and as it were, shut
them up in the Son of His love. They were all dealt with and
put out of the way when He died.
This plan for our redemption was not hastily made at the
time of Adams disobedience. It was not as though God had other
plans which Satan turned aside by causing man's fall. He did
not change His purposes in order to take care of the evil
which was brought upon mankind at that time. Before the foundation
of the world, God's plan was formed and hidden within Himself.
At that time, He placed us, our sinful nature and all of our
sins, into Christ, that we might be redeemed from sin and
death. "He chose us IN HIM before the foundation of the
world, that we should be holy and without blemish before Him
What confidence it causes within us, and how our hearts
swell with joy and rest, when the Lord quickens these eternal
facts to us. Before the world was made, our God planned for
us and chose us! Not only did He put those who are now His
children into Christ, but He put every human being into Him
as He hung upon the Cross; that "He by the grace of God
should taste death for every man"(Heb 2:9). Before sin
entered the world, God provided an uttermost Salvation, whereby
all might have eternal life through faith in Jesus and His
redemptive work upon the Cross. Though He finished it upon
Calvary for every man, it is only through faith that this
work becomes effectual to each individual.
Jesus became sin for us, that "we might become the
righteousness of God in Him." When the blow of God's
wrath struck our precious Saviour as He hung upon the Cross,
every sinner was dealt with, together with every sin and transgression
of mankind; also the sin principle, or evil nature, from which
all of these came. By faith, it is made a complete, effectual
work unto us, as soon as we believe unto Salvation.
We cannot understand how God could do this marvelous work,
even though we may believe it intellectually. We cannot know
how He could call Christ "the Lamb that was slain from
the foundation of the world," when from a human standpoint
He died thousands of years afterward. We cannot comprehend
how we could be in Him before this world was made, and how
our sins and transgressions could be dealt with thousands
of years before we were born. Human understanding and knowledge
cannot fathom God's thoughts and workings, for His ways are
not our ways, neither are His thoughts our thoughts, "As
the heaven sare higher than the earth, so are My ways higher
than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts."
This is where our faith begins. We must believe that which
we cannot understand. If we could understand it, there would
be no need for faith. This is what is meant by believing upon
the Lord Jesus Christ and being saved. It is to believe that
God dealt with us and our sin in Christ; that we were in Him
and died as to our sinful nature, just as truly as if we had
hung upon the Cross and died in our own person. God has set
us free from all of the results of the fall of man, and lifted
us up "in Christ" into a place and privileges, which
man never had before the fall. By living faith we must enter
into this place to which God has called us. We must believe
all that God has told us concerning the riches which He has
put "in Christ" for us.
When we do this, God, by the in-working of the strength
of His might, "which He wrought in Christ, when He raised
Him from the dead," makes the death of the sinful nature
operative in us; and the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us
from all sin. God makes our death and our resurrection in
Christ real, and we are translated out of darkness, into light.
We are taken out of Adam and put into Christ. The sinful nature
is taken out of us, and in its place God plants the divine
nature of His Son. Henceforth, God only sees us in Christ.
This is the beginning of our identification with Christ, which
relation never ceases, but should become more real, powerful,
and fruitful day by day. This is the basis of our approach
to God, He sees us "in Christ" because He has put
us in Him. He has purposed that this should be as real to
us as it is to Him.
Not only does this apply to our first approach to God by
faith, through which we are born again and become new creatures;
it applies to every thing which God has provided for us in
this marvelous Salvation. By faith, it becomes operative at
each step of our onward journey.
It is comforting and encouraging to know that we need no
longer believe in a vague, indefinite way. We may know what
our faith is anchored to, a real transaction which God wrought
out for us long ago. It makes the path clear when we know
that all that pertains to Salvation and Eternal life has been
put" in Christ." Everything we need for spirit,
soul, and body has been provided. Even more than we can ask