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As we continue our book launch of In Christ Alone, we’ve come to an inseparable union between Jesus and the believer. This book contain 31 devotionals on what it means to be “in Christ.”
So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
The union between Jesus and His people is absolutely perfect. There’s no separation possible; we’re one with Him. The Father chose us in His Son “before the foundation of the world” (Eph. 1:4). While many things happened between God’s eternal choice and our faith in Jesus, the reality of having been chosen in Him has always been undisputable.
Therefore, when Jesus was born in Bethlehem, we, so to speak, were also born “in Him.” When He lived a perfect righteous life, we also lived that life “in Him.” The same is true with His death and resurrection. That’s why Paul stated earlier in this chapter: “For if we have been united with him in a death life his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his” (Rom. 6:5).
Paul then goes on to state: “We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God” (Rom. 6:9-10).
Since we’ve been united to Christ, we’re to reckon ourselves as having died in Christ’s death and being alive in His life. We’re to consider His death as our death and His life as our life. That’s the great mystery of the gospel.
Ultimately the gospel is about our union with Jesus in every aspect. That’s why we’re as safe and secure as Jesus Himself. Nothing can come between us. The life and fight of faith is the constant consideration—the constant reckoning—of Christ’s death as our death and His resurrection as our resurrection.
In Colossians Paul emphasized this great truth as follows: “When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory” (Col. 3:4). This inseparable union between Jesus and His people has its roots in eternity past and its everlasting enjoyment throughout endless ages. Let’s daily consider this great reality!
The Devotional Writer