Recently I was reading the first part of the book of Ephesians, and I was struck by the use of the word ‘in’ - have you noticed it before? I would encourage you to grab your Bible or a Bible app and take a minute to read the book.
As we look at Ephesians 1 and 2, the word in is just a small word but holds infinite meaning.
In reminds us and it reassures us.
First it reminds us. In Ephesians 2, Paul reminds the believers that in their trespasses they were dead. Separated from Christ, without hope and without God. Because of the sin they were in, they were lost and had no relationship with the Heavenly Father.
But then Paul uses the word in to reassure us. Paul says to the Ephesians, “But now in Christ Jesus we who once were far off have been brought near” (Ephesians 2:13). As believers we are in Christ Jesus, and being in Christ is a pretty amazing place to be! Look at what chapter one says about being in Christ:
In him, we were chosen
In love, we were predestined for adoption
In him, we have redemption through his blood
In him, we have forgiveness of our sins
In him, we are lavished with grace
In him, we can know the mystery of God’s will
In him, we have an inheritance
In him, we are sealed with the Holy Spirit
In him, the Holy Spirit is our guarantee of inheritance, to the praise of God’s glory
That little word ‘in’ reminds us that we once were lost. In our sin we were cut off and shut out. But it reassures us that since we are in Christ we now enjoy a loving relationship with God the Father.
I’m so thankful for the small word in. Are you?
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