“In” is such an itty-bitty word.
We use it hundreds of times a day without thinking.
“In” was a key word in Jesus’ teaching on the vine and the branches.
“Abide in me
I will abide in you.”
We are in Jesus
and Jesus is in us.
When Jesus prayed for all of us in John 17, He said,
“…that all of them may be one, Father,
just as you are in me
and I am in you…
…that they may be one as we are one
I in them
and you in me.”
God is in Jesus
and Jesus is in God
and Jesus is in us
and we are in Jesus.
Paul used the phrase “in Christ” over 160 times in his letters.
It’s an important little word.
Nevertheless, it’s a hard concept to get the mind around.
Here’s some help from Bible commentator William Barclay:
When Paul spoke of the Christian being “in Christ”, he meant that the Christian lives “in Christ” as a bird in the air, a fish in the water, the roots of a tree in the soil. What makes a Christian different is that he is always and everywhere conscious of the encircling presence of Jesus Christ.”
We often hear that the life of faith begins
when we invite Jesus in —
into our hearts, into our lives.
But it sounds to me like Jesus is inviting us in —
into His life, into His power, into His presence.
Maybe it’s both.
Jesus is in me.
I am in Jesus.
May we always and everywhere be conscious of His encircling presence.
“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
My favorite word in the Bible that starts with “I” is IN.
Great take on two letters that are so important!