Summary: Are you into Christ? God teaches us how to enter Christ and live lives that are "into" Christ. This lesson will focus on how to enter into Christ.
Whenever you hear someone say, “He or She is really ‘into’ that” what does it mean? It means that that person is highly interested in, attached to and involved in whatever it is they are “into,” right?
On the contrary you might also hear someone say, “I’m just not “into” that, and we know then that they are not interested in, attached to or involved in whatever it is they are “just not into,” right?
What are you “into” these days? What are you not “into” these days?
Last week we looked at John 10 where Jesus says, “I am the door, if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” Jesus is the door to salvation and eternal life in the presence of God. Jesus told the disciples in John 14:6
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me.”
The only way into God’s presence is through Jesus Christ.
In Acts 3-4 we read about Peter and John healing a lame man and then getting into trouble with the Jewish leaders as they spoke about Jesus Christ and His death, burial and resurrection. Peter had the Spirit filled courage to boldly proclaim before these men who had just recently had Jesus crucified, that the only way for anyone to be saved is through this same Jesus and in His name.
Let’s look at the story. Read with me 3:11-20 and 4:1-12
Peter and John were certainly “into” Jesus Christ, were they not?
When the Jewish leaders warned them not to teach or speak in Jesus’ name, Peter and John replied: 4:18-20.
Are we “into” Jesus Christ as a church today? Are you “into” Jesus Christ as a Christian today?
When we read the pages of the New Testament it is almost shocking to look at how deeply “into” Jesus Christ these early Christians are. We might say that they were “on fire” for Christ. But this term “into” when used about Christ isn’t just about being interested and attached and involved, it specifically has to do with entering Jesus spiritually and being saved by Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection.
How do we get “into” Christ according to the Bible? How do we enter the door which is Jesus, and receive salvation through Jesus Christ?
Last week I started going through a series of steps that the Bible teaches us. When I was growing up we called it the plan of salvation. I now know that these steps are not the plan of salvation, they are simply our response to God’s plan of salvation. The plan of salvation is the man Jesus Christ, who He is, what He did, where He is now and what He will do. Jesus is the plan. Jesus worked the plan. Jesus invites us to receive what He has accomplished for us when He fulfilled the saving work of the plan.
The plan of salvation was and is and will be the work of God’s love and grace to save the lost and bring us all back to Himself through Jesus Christ. That’s the plan. These steps I am talking about are how we enter Jesus and receive the benefits of God’s plan of salvation.
We have to hear and listen to God’s word about Jesus Christ. We then believe the gospel of Jesus Christ. Then we turn away from sin and death and turn to Jesus Christ. Now we openly confess Jesus Christ as Lord and enter “into” Jesus Christ by being baptized “into” Christ. Here we go “into” the door. We are buried with Christ through baptism “into” His death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too may walk in newness of life.
If we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in His resurrection. This is where our old self is crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin.
What are you into today? Are you "into" life in Jesus Christ? Or are you "into" sin and death?
If you were baptized into Jesus Christ, but are not "into" Christ now… we have a big problem, don’t we? You can’t be into Jesus Christ and not be "into" Jesus Christ, can you?
The whole Bible was inspired by God and written and preserved for us so that we can hear God’s word, enter and remain in Christ forever. Being into Jesus implies being into His word and having His word into you. Jesus said in John 15:7 “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask what you will and it shall be granted.”