Wednesday, 2 October 2013
Found In Him Chapter 7: Immersed In Him
“Who’s good at finding bargains? How about free?? Anyone get something for nothing recently?”
That’s the question that started our Bible study the other day. One woman piped up, “My mother is a well known bargain hunter, a real coupon queen. But she beat her own record for savings when she bought their funeral plots after she heard that they were having a 2 for 1 sale. My dad thinks we should inscribe her tombstone: Frugality to Eternity!”
Our topic today, union with Christ, is a priceless gift that is utterly free to us. That’s because Jesus paid the extravagant cost with his sinless life and sacrificial death. This gift can be summarized by two parallel phrases–a “two for one” sale that defies description.
As we began talking about our union with Jesus together, we looked at these two phrases and tried to understand how they differ from each other:
I’m in Him. He’s in me.
We took some time to brainstorm what each phrase means to us. Here’s what was shared:
I’m in Him means that I’m:
- have access
- Our adoption is one benefit of my being in him.
He’s in me means that I have:
- his wisdom
- his cleansing/forgiveness/holiness
- his power
- his courage
- his love, and all the other fruit of the Spirit
- his life
- his intimate knowledge
- his inside out changing me
- The temple is one expression of his being in me.
After we brainstormed we talked about three words. Free. True. Now. These characterize our oneness with him.
Free is the first word we considered today as we began to talk about our union with Christ. It’s a good word to describe the greatest gift we receive when we believe, Jesus himself. Every other gift, every blessing, every grace, comes to us because we have him.
Do you have trouble understanding “union with Christ”? I do. That’s because it’s so big. It’s literally what we are immersed in as believers. I’m in him and he’s in me. Like the air I breathe, I’m in it and it’s in me. It’s all around me and is drawn into me with every breath I take. That kind of total immersion makes union hard to talk about. It’s the great “given” of the Christian life.
Not only that, it’s free. Like every other blessing of my salvation, I don’t pay for my oneness with him. It’s a gift of his grace. I’m so glad air is free! I couldn’t live one minute without it. They can turn off my electricity if I don’t pay my bills, but they can’t turn off my air. In the same way I can’t live one minute of my Christian life without Jesus. And he won’t ever cut himself off from me, or me from him. Because this gift is absolutely free.
Do we have to think about the air we breathe in order to benefit from it? No. In fact, I rarely think about air, unless I’m having a coughing fit, or under water. Air is there. It’s true, whether I’m thinking about it or not.
In the same way, we are united to Jesus, immersed in him, whether we are thinking about him or not. It’s true. We don’t have to make it true by our awareness. “Union with Christ” isn’t some new kind of law we have to get right by our understanding. So relax…he’s with you.
That said, there is tremendous blessing in thinking about our oneness with him. Not to earn his blessings, but to receive them. Now. Every spiritual blessing he wants to give you right now comes to you through this connection with him.
Oh, there will be more blessings the day he returns for us. We wait with hope for that day! But now is the day we live in. And now is the time he gives us so many things:
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1
Beloved, you are his children now…1 John 3:2
Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.
Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27
Union with Christ. It’s free. It’s true. It’s now. Take a deeeeep breath…he’s with you.