What Believers Receive

Author: 
Dennis McCallum

Repeatedly, the New Testament refers to Christians as being "in Christ" or "in him." This phrase, often tacked on to statements, is referring to our position in Christ-- a position we receive as a result of spiritual baptism into Christ (Rom. 6:1-11). When considering the impact of the blessings promised in this connection, one must conclude that the doctrine of our standing in Christ is one of the most important in the New Testament.

Passages What is Promised
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Freedom from condemnation
Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. Freedom from the law of sin
Romans 8:39 [Neither] height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Security and permanence in God's love
Romans 12:5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Unity with other Christians
I Corinthians 1:30 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, God's wisdom, goodness, etc. imparted to us
II Corinthians 2:14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. Triumph, or victory in spiritual war
II Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. New identity
Galatians 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me. Death to the old person
Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Basis for social, racial, and gender equality
Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, Every blessing, note the past tense
Philippians 3:9 [that I] may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, Righteousness imparted to us
Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Inner peace of mind
Colossians 3:3,4 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. Future inheritance and eternal life
I John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding, in order that we might know Him who is true, and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. Truth and understanding
II Corinthians 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. The righteousness of God
I Corinthians 1:5 In everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge, Spiritual gifts