What does it mean to be IN Christ Jesus?

Romans 8:1
There is therefore now no condemnation in Christ Jesus.

I read this verse all the time. It used to be my sword verse for times when the enemy would accuse me. I would whip out this verse, and the accuser had no more room to talk. I was thinking about this verse, wondering what it means to be IN Christ Jesus. I know the general concept, but when I meditated on the part about being IN Him, I realized He had more to say. What He told me was and is awesome! You can ask Him the question, too…. “What does it mean to be in Christ Jesus?”

This is what He was reminding me of when I asked this question…

1.    Romans 11:11-24
This passage talks about how Gentiles are grafted into the root of Jesus. Scripture uses the example of an olive branch. The wild olive branch is on a root, and this root is holy. If the root is holy, then the branches also must be holy. (16) Therefore, these branches are holy because of the root that supports the branches. (18) 

It says that there were some branches (Jews) that were broken off in order that you (Gentiles) could be grafted in. These branches were broken off because of their unbelief. (20)

God did not spare the natural branches. (21) Why? He had a reason. They did not believe. Humans need to believe God is who He says He is. God didn’t spare the natural branches (the Jews), due to their unbelief. If He didn’t spare the Jews, the natural branches, He will not spare others who do not believe.

God is both severe and kind. He deals with people differently based upon their identity. Are they believing Him (Christians) or not believing Him (non-Christians)? He is severe to those who do not believe. He is kind to those who do believe. You only need to continue in His kindness. If you do not continue in His kindness you will be cut off. (22) God has the power to cut off branches, and He has the power to graft branches in. (23)

The promise here: if you believe, you are grafted INTO Jesus Christ.

2.    John 15
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in Him, He it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in Me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. – John 15:4 – 7

This is similar to the Scripture passage above. It’s clear and simple. There are two kind of branches. One branch abides in the vine, which is Jesus (verse 1), and bears fruit. The other branch is one that is not in Jesus. This vine is thrown away like a branch and withers and is thrown into the fire and burned.

The promise here: If you abide in Jesus, you bear fruit.

3.    John 17:20-24
I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You have sent Me. The glory that you have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one even as We are one, I in them and You in Me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that You sent Me and loved them even as You loved Me. Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, may be with Me where I am, to see my glory that You have given Me because You loved Me before the foundation of the world. – John 17:20 – 24

Jesus is talking about unity here. He is stating that the Father is in Him and that He is in the Father. He is asking that we (Believers) be in BOTH of them (Jesus AND the Father)! If we pay attention to this Scripture, we realize there is some stuff that we probably do not even believe. Jesus says that the glory that the Father has given HIM, He (Jesus) has given to us. ….what!?!?! …this is Truth, my friends. Sometimes things in Scripture astound me….this is one of them….

We wonder how glorious Jesus is, and we have no idea…yet, He’s given us the glory the Father gave to Him!?! If He lets my head wrap around this in any way possible, I will be completely undone. This is wild!

Jesus has given us the glory the Father gave Him….. (no more words needed…incredible! I. am. Undone.)

Another interesting thing is that Jesus prays that we will be IN THEM (Plural – the Father and Jesus), and not only that, but Jesus does not assume that being IN THEM will mean being WITH Them. He says in verse 21 that He wants us IN Them, but He then continues to ask the Father that we would be able to be WITH Him (24) where He is! Therefore, being IN Jesus is not the same as being WITH Jesus. He wants us to not ONLY be IN Him – He wants us to be WITH Him!!!! He is incredibly passionate for us, so much so that He wants to be connected with us when we are not physically WITH Him. THIS! IS! SO! COOL!!!!

The promises here: If you are IN Jesus, You are IN the Father.
The glory that the Father has given Jesus, He has given to us!
Jesus not only wants us IN Him (connecting with Him all the time), but He also wants us WITH Him! He desires us to a point that He WANTS us AND He wants to be WITH us!

This is awesome! I used to use Romans 8:1 as a defensive sword swipe when the enemy attacked; but now the Lord has given me other Scriptures to use. Now I have the promise that I am not only not condemned, but I:

Am grafted into Jesus Christ if I believe. (Romans 11:11-24)

Bear much fruit if I abide in Christ Jesus. (John 15)

I have been given the glory that the Father gave to Jesus. (John 17:22)

I am wanted, included, and embraced by Jesus and the Father. (John 17:21)

I am not only wanted, but the Father and Jesus desire my presence! (John 17:24)

….Let’s just be real Jesus – I want YOUR presence, too! The feeling is mutual (except Your love is much stronger)! Thanks for these Truths, God. Let them sink DEEP. Amen!


About morgangascho

I grew up in Iowa, USA (famous for growing corn). I'm contemplative, I love writing, and blogging has become a hobby. Writing worship music is a way to engage in sweet conversation with the Divine Creator of the Universe, Jesus. He is my life. I am hidden in Him and I pray that someday I will know what that means. Until then, I'm seeking His glory, waiting for the day when it will all be revealed to me.
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3 Responses to What does it mean to be IN Christ Jesus?

  1. this is quite awesome because I think I just asked marge the last time I saw her what being ‘in christ’ meant from romans 8:1

  2. The analytical part of me wants to ask: By believing you mean, believing that Jesus is Christ/God’s son AND believing you need his blood to cover your sins and receive salvation.
    I think too often people just think, well I believe in Jesus, so I’m good. But the demons and evil powers believe too. Does the difference come down to believing/knowing that we need Him?

    • morgangascho says:

      That’s a good question. The best way to understand Scripture is by more Scripture.

      You believe that God is one, you do well. Even the demons believe-and shudder!
      – James 2:19

      If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame.” – Romans 10:9-11

      The demons know Jesus exists and they know He has power. Some humans may believe Jesus exists and know He has power. The difference is that the Believers confess with their mouth and heart and their belief justified their faith. The demons may confess in front of God that Jesus exists and has power, but they are evil. They do not have new hearts of flesh. They have hearts of stone. Believers get a new heart, a heart of flesh, and a new Spirit! (Ezekiel 36:26)

      The result of this change of heart and Spirit is us walking in His statutes and being careful to obey His rules (verse 27). Just like in John 15, when we abide in the presence of God, we bear fruit. When we are a branch connected to the Vine (Jesus) we bear fruit.

      Demons are not branches connected to the Vine (Jesus), because Jesus is Holy. Demons are evil. They do not go together. Jesus and demons are on the opposite team. That’s one difference between Believers and demons. Demons might know God exists, but they’re on the opposite team. Believers and Jesus are on the same team. And we win! 🙂

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