Summary: Being In Christ is the greatest privilege for any believer. As we see in the epistles what Paul wrote of our standing with God, it will set your life free.
When I first got saved at the age of 17, I went back to the church that I was raised at and said there is got to be more to be saved then this. It was so boring.
Then I was introduced to some solid Christian who introduced me to the spirit filled living and man what a change. But I knew that there was still something that I needed and I found out that was to renew my mind. That I still thought like I did before I got saved.
Romans 12:1-2 (NKJV) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:1-2 (NLTSE) And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice–the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2 Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
The Old Testament is types and shadows of the New. We're to live under the new, especially the epistles. Let me explain. Throughout the epistles you will find the words like "In Him, In Christ, In the Beloved, In Whom, By Christ, By The Beloved.
These verses show us what Christ has done for who and what we have now. When you see these, underline them and say them about yourself. This is what set me free, and helped me live the abundant life that Jesus promised me.
John 10:10 (NKJV) “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. Lets look at some.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 (NKJV) 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, 19 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. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
1 Corinthians 1:30 (NKJV) But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—
This revelation set me free it got rid of low self esteem that I had. Understanding that Jesus did it all for me and what I need to do is renew my mind to this fact and live in it.
Romans 8:1-2 (NKJV) There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.