12/11/2007

The glory of being in Christ

I have been so helped for many years by the truth that we are "in Christ." It is a term that is used by the apostle Paul to describe our position and blessings as believers (eg: Eph 1v3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 2v6, 10, 13 etc). This is an awesome truth and it is great to stand firm in the truth. We are in Him - clothed in His righteousness, safe, secure, forgiven, elect, precious, the apple of the Father's eye.

Many have written and spoken on these things far more eloquently than I, but recently I saw something fresh that I had never seen before. I was in conversation with a dear brother and we began talking about what we "look like" in Christ. When the Lord looks at us what does He see? Of course, He sees all things for He knows the heart, but He sees us in Christ. He treats us as He would His belov├Ęd Son.

What do the devil and his demons see ? They see us clothed in righteousness divine. Spotless and without blemish - because we are in Jesus. The accuser is silenced by the blood.

But what does that righteousness look like? What does His glory look like? Well we are told in Revelation 1v13-16! Of course, we are not divine like He - but it is His beauty, majesty and glory that clothes us. This is what we look like - because we are in Him!

"...In the midst of the seven lampstands [was] One like the Son of Man,
clothed with a garment down to His feet
and girded about the chest with a golden band.
His head and hair were while like wool, as white as snow,
and His eyes were like a flame of fire;
His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace,
and His voice as the sound of many waters;
He had in His right hand seven stars,
out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword,

Our Saviour reigns in majesty, glory and power - and we are clothed in Him. Let us glory in this awesome privilege. Let us fear no demon of hell, listen to no accusation, but enter in awe with freedom into the presence of the One who has clothed us so beautifully and fitted us for the presence of His glory.

1 comment:

Jesse P. said...

Hey Peter,

Thanks for your comment on my post about preaching. I left a question for you, if you have a moment to consider. Thanks!