The Bible talks about us being ‘In Christ’ but what does that mean? Here are some pictures that help me to think about what being ‘In Christ’ is all about.
Paul said that he wanted to be found in Christ not having a righteousness of his own (Philippians 3.9). He knew that he wasn’t righteous enough to stand in the presence of the holy God, but that Jesus is. Being in Christ means we can live in God’s presence secure in his righteousness not feeling insecure in our own.
All these people are crowded into the shelter which is protecting them from the hail. When we are inside of something it protects us. So what protection does being in Christ offer? The Bible says that ‘God’s peace will guard our hearts and our minds if we live in Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 4.7). To receive peace from God is a wonderful gift in this stress filled world.
Han, Luke and Chewie need to rescue Princess Leia but the only way to get around the Death Star is in disguise. While Luke and Han stay in their disguises they fit in and are accepted by the other Stormtroopers. Leia sees through Luke’s disguise as she asks, ‘Aren’t you a little short for a Stormtrooper?’ Really Luke shouldn’t be there (what, there really aren’t any short Stormtroopers?) but in the uniform he belongs. In Christ, we can be accepted as God’s loved children even though we aren’t worthy of that honour. Christians who are secure in Christ don’t need to try to pretend they are perfect. We are righteous because of Jesus, not because of our actions.
We are only human but in Christ we can do the miraculous through the power of God’s Holy Spirit.
Being in Christ means surrendering to his will and relying on his power to live our lives. Are we willing to let him lead and to admit we need his power and strength?
Here are two pictures that didn’t make it because they make similar points to them above but they may help you if some of the other pictures don’t appeal to you.
What have I missed? I would love to know what sort of images come to your mind.
We can be in Christ, what a privilege! May God open our eyes, hearts and minds so that we might see and understand more clearly what being in Christ means.