Summary: What does it mean to be "in Christ" and how do we get there? This lesson answers these questions from an overall scriptural perspective.
"In Christ" I Am:
A Child of God,
Galatians 3:26-27, "For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ."
The word "for" at the beginning of v27 intrudes a continuing thought from v26. Obviously baptism is a necessary component of faith.
Saved by grace through faith,
Ephesians 2:7-10, "that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them."
Redeemed from the curse of the law of Moses,
Galatians 3:13, "Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree"),
The law of Moses was unable to justify anyone, Acts 13:39, "and by Him [Jesus Christ] everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses." The law of Moses was incapable of saving anyone so those living under that law were living under the curse or condemnation of sin. Being "in Christ" releases us from living under the curse of death pronounced by the law of Moses.
Redeemed from the hand of the foe,
The word in the Greek means "ransomed" That means to buy someone back who is being held hostage or prisoner. Our sin made us a prisoner of Satan. Jesus Christ bought us back from the fate that awaits us with Satan.
"18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers,
19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you
21 who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
"Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart,
23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, "
We are born again when we obey the truth. John 3:5-7
"Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'"
A new creature,
2 Corinthians 5:17-18, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,"
Reconciled to God,
2 Corinthians 5:19-20, "that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God."
Our sin caused us to be separated or alienated from God. In Christ we have the spiritual blessing of being reconciled. We are no longer rejected, we have been returned to a state of fellowship with God. 1 John 1:3, "that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ." Our sin caused us to lose our fellowship with God. "In Christ", are reconciled to God the Father.
Colossians 2:12-13, "Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses"
forgiveness as a spiritual blessing is a result of being baptized with Christ in baptism. See see also Acts 2:38; 22:16
Justified means to be declared righteous or "right" before God. Acts 13:38-39, "Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; 39 and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses."