Oh Blessed State

The New Testament talks a lot about being ‘in Christ.’ Reverend Octavius Winslow in his book, Personal Declension and Revival of Religion in the Soul, reflects on what it means for the believer to be ‘in Christ.’ I encourage you to let his thoughts settle deep down into your heart.

“To be ‘in Christ,’ is to stand accepted in His righteousness, to be justified by Him freely from all things; it is to be brought to the knowledge of our own vileness, sufficiency, and guilt; to be made to cast aside all self-dependence, that is, all works of human merit, and to come as the thief on the cross came, without any allowed confidence in anything of self, but as a poor, helpless, ruined, condemned sinner, all whose hope be ‘in Christ,’ is to be the subject of a living, holy, influential principle of faith; it is to be brought into the blessed state thus described by the apostle as his own:

‘I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me’ Galatians 2:20 (ESV).

To be ‘in Christ’ is to be one with Him; it is to be a member of His … body, of which He is the spiritual head, and the members are one. It is to have Christ dwelling in the heart; ‘Christ in you the hope of glory.’ … ‘Yes, it is to dwell in the heart of Christ; it is to rest there in the very pavilion of His love, to dwell there every moment, to be sheltered there from all evil, and to be soothed there under all sorrow.

Oh blessed state of being ‘in Christ!'”

~Octavius Winslow, 1808-1878

Beginning, Center, and End

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Octavius Winslow was a 19th century pastor and writer in America.

I’m thankful for the simplicity of what he wrote. He places these wonderful truths down where I can easily reach them.

“We cannot keep our eye too exclusively or too intently fixed on Jesus.

All salvation is in Him. All salvation proceeds from Him. All salvation leads to Him.

And for the assurance and comfort of our salvation we are to repose believingly and entirely on Him.

Christ must be all!

Christ the beginning; Christ the center; and Christ the end.

Oh sweet truth to you who are sensible of your poverty, vileness, and insufficiency, and of the ten thousand flaws and failures of which, perhaps, no one is cognizant but God and your own soul!

Oh, to turn and rest in Christ; a loving Christ; a tender Christ, whose heart’s love never chills, from whose eye darts no reproof, from whose lips breathes no sentence of condemnation!

Christ must be all!”

You can read more about Pastor Winslow here. More of his writings can be found at Grace Gems.


“Christ is all and in all.” Colossians 3:11 (ESV)