Are you “In Him?”

The Believer’s position in Jesus.
In the first chapter of Ephesians there is a small but significant word used to show our  position in Jesus, where we are spiritually. Being born again means we have died to ourselves and are alive in Jesus through the quickening presence of the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 1:3 says: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who
has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” Also Ephesians 2:6 says
“And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”

Let’s look at the book of Ephesians and see how many times the word “In” is used. Let’s read the first chapter of Ephesians and count. The Word of God tells us we have an Inheritance as well as a position in Jesus at the right hand of God the father. (verse 20) Now let’s go back
and dig into our inheritance and see what an awesome purpose He has for us.
Verse three shows us our position in Him. We are blessed in that we are “Chosen, blameless ( 1 :4) adopted, accepted ( 1 :5,6) forgiven, predestined, and sealed {l;7 ,11,13) In Him.
Verse four explains our purpose in Him(Romans 8:28) as well as the fact that this was done before the earth was founded.(l Peter 1:2) So we existed in him before creation, this also speaks about first dibs. We belonged to him first, but sin separated us until Jesus could redeem us.
Verse five explains His will. (Matthew 12:50) Our Lord Jesus tells us we are family, and that when we do His will he is pleased. (Romans 12:2) The best way to knew God’s will is to be familiar with the Bible. That is because virtually everything you and I need to know concerning the will of God is in the Bible. If we get to know God’s Word and understand it clearly, we can know the will of God (Psalm 119:6,7,9,105).

Another way we can know the will of God is through prayer, when we commune (talk) with God and learn what pleases Him. The Bible says, “Let the peace of God rule in your hearts” (Colossians 3:15) This means the peace of God is like a regulator, so that when we violate the will of God, His peace leaves us and we have inner turmoil, immediately discovering we are going against God’s will. Knowing God’s Word and knowing the peace that comes about
through a continuous relationship with are the best ways of knowing God’s will (John 15:4) .

Verse six speaks to about the gift of Grace.{2 Corinthians 12:9)(Ephesians 2:5-10) The
word “Accepted” literally means “graced with grace”

Verse seven speaks of redemption; we have been redeemed by our Lord Jesus and His substitutionary sacrifice at Calvary. (Romans 3:24) What is redemption? A release secured by the payment of a ransom, deliverance, setting free. Our Lord Jesus lived a sinless life; died on the cross, shed His blood to purchase us out of the market place of sin. He ascended into heaven having been raised from the dead, where He took the keys of death, hell and the grave. He is
alive forever and you and I are in Him in heavenly places. By this act, we are made righteous in the sight of God our Father. (2 Corinthians 5:21) Note: “In” The second part of this verse mentions the “Forgiveness of sins” (Hebrews 9:22) apart from the shedding of Jesus blood there is no forgiveness of sins.

Verse eight tells us that our Lord Jesus has been made or given us all His wisdom and understanding in the ways of God the Father. (Matthew 25.29) for the purpose of verse nine. That we rnight know the “Mystery” of the Father’s will for us. What is the mystery? It was formally a divine secret, but in the N.T., it is a fully disclosed truth for understanding and
application. (Romans 16:25) The mystery is explained in verse 10-13. also Colossians 1.27.

Verse eleven expresses God’s will again, it should serve to strengthen our confidence in being in Him and that understanding gives us solid ground for our lives.
Verse thirteen says we are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. This is an act ofauthority meaning; we as born again Christians have the right and privilege of using Jesus’ name.
(John 14:13,14) He the person of the Holy Spirit is our ‘Earnest” or our “down payment” of God the Father’s intent that we once again belong to Him and will be with Him for eternity.
“In Him we live, and move, and have our being.. . ” Acts 17:28 How many times is the word “In” used in the first chapter of Ephesians?

Are you In Jesus?

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