In or Out?

How close should we be to Jesus? One little world paints the picture:


He doesn’t want us just to know about him. Or simply to be with him. He wants us to go much deeper than that. He wants the closest, most intimate relationship imaginable. He wants us to be in him.

It’s mind-blowing but it’s true. Here’s what the Bible says:

  • Remain in me, and I will remain in you. (John 15:4)
  • For in him we live and move and have our being. (Acts 17:28)
  • For in him you have been enriched in every way. (1 Corinthians 5:1)
  • God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
  • Be found in him. (Philippians 3:9)

If you really want to get into Jesus, get into the book of Ephesians. It’s inundated with “in”:

  • He chose us in him before the creation of the world. (1:4)
  • In him we have redemption through his blood. (1:7)
  • And you were also included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. (1:13)
  • Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit. (1:14)
  • God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. (2:6)
  • But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. (2:13)
  • In him, the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (2:21-22)
  • In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. (3:12)

Over and over the Bible tells us to trust in Him, hope in Him, believe in Him. Starting to get the picture?




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