Pictures that help us to understand what being in Christ means?

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.

astronautIf you are in space without a spacesuit then you are going to die but being in the suit means that you are protected, being in the suit keeps you alive.

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.

hailstormAll 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.

stormtrooper disguiseHan, 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.

water walkerThis person can walk on water while they remain in the sphere. They can do what would otherwise be impossible while they remain in the Water Walker.

We are only human but in Christ we can do the miraculous through the power of God’s Holy Spirit.

busIf I get on a bus I am no longer travelling under my own power or heading in my own direction. I am travelling where the bus is going unless I choose to get off.

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.

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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.

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About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Baptist Minister who is especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century. I am also a member of the Eastern Baptist Association's Council with responsibility for Mission Strategy.
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3 Responses to Pictures that help us to understand what being in Christ means?

  1. Pingback: The one about the Toy Car and the Transport Lorry | Honest about my faith

  2. Reblogged this on Honest about my faith and commented:

    You might be familiar with the phrase that we are ‘In Christ’, but have you ever thought about what that means. Here are a series of pictures that might help to think about and to consider what it is all about.

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  3. grammatteus says:

    I see an image of a baby in the loving and protecting arms of a parent!

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