Saturday, January 26, 2013

In Christ

Romans 8:1 "Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." (NASB - sent from CadreBible)  This is a famous and abused verse in the Bible. We see many nominal believers(my old self included) use this verse to say " I can do whatever... and God will forgive me." But I think the key words to look at are not the "no condemnation" but more importantly "In Christ". When you are In Christ you have a stronger desire to please God then to continue to follow the old self. So if you have no desire to love God and your strongest desire is still the love of the world... then maybe you are not "In Christ". Just believing in Jesus is apparently not enough.  
James 2:19 "You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder." (NASB - sent from CadreBible) You can bet that the Devil knows who Jesus is and what He did. You can also see that he knows the Bible well when he quotes it many times when tempting Jesus (Matt 4:1-11). So knowing the information is not enough. Being "In Christ" is something different... there is a transformation that happens when you accept the gift of salvation. To be "In Christ" is a free gift of God's grace and the transformation that happens when we make him the Lord of our life is a new set of desires(a new heart). A gratitude that shows your deepest desire is to love him back. So think twice before using this verse to excuse your choices in life. If you are "In Christ" you really do have "no condemnation"...but if you really don't care about your relationship with God, then you might want to question if you actually have one.