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