Two of the smallest words in the Bible are packed with huge meaning and marvelous eternal significance. Those two words are “in” and “is”. Let’s look at the word “in” this week.
The Apostle Paul used “in” 26 times in Ephesians 1, laying the foundation of what Bible scholars call “Positional Truth”. This is how they discuss our identity as a Christian based upon being “In Jesus Christ”.
Here are a few of these instances in Ephesians 1:
- The faithful “in” Christ Jesus (v.1).
- Praise be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us “in” the heavenly realm with every spiritual blessing “in” Christ. For He chose us “in” Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless “In” His sight (v.3).
- “In” love He predestined us to be adopted as sons – which He has given to us “in” the one He loves” (v.5).
So why is this word “in” so important for us on a daily basis?
Being “in” Christ gives us security and protection from a “hostile enemy” and “hostile darts” that speak lies to us on a daily basis. Our security is being “in” Jesus Christ. If we are “in” Christ and abiding “in” His love, we can know that even “in” our broken circumstances, God has a purpose that is motivated by His“perfect love”.
“So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him […] There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” -1 John 4:16, 18
Even when evil seems to win, our Lord Jesus is weaving together His loving purpose for us. The Apostle Paul, in all he went through for “Jesus’ sake and the sake of the gospel,” reminds us that the love of Christ is what compelled him in everything, whether the ending was good or bad.
If we are “in” Christ, whatever touches us must go through Christ first. And remember, He can only seek our highest good. Why? Because God’s love for each of us is perfect, meaning He can only seek our highest good. This is His law of love. Even in my human love for my children, I realize that my driving agenda is their “highest good” even when they mess up. How much more is this true about Christ’s perfect love for us, His children!
Yes, God is love and He controls our circumstances. He has promised us that He will use all things to accomplish our highest good and His greatest glory.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” -Romans 8:28
Do you know how much God loves you? He loves you as much as He loves Jesus Christ.
“I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” - John 17:26
Why? Because you and I are “in” Christ Jesus and Christ Jesus is “in” us. Wow!Next week we’ll look at the significance of “is” in the Scriptures.
John's travels for ministry behind the Iron Curtain led him to found East-West Ministries International in 1993. John and his wife, Susie, live in Dallas, Texas and have a grown daughter and two grandchildren.