Safe Boundaries

Someone once said, “Words are containers” … that is, words have carrying power within themselves to build or to destroy. Scripture warns that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” [Proverbs 18:21] So words are respectable in their ability to create, re-create, or tear down.

There’s a tiny two-letter word that carries within itself one of the holiest truths and that is the word “in.” When used to convey the truth that we are “in Christ,” this tiny word surpasses all other prepositions.

The Apostle Paul coupled these words “in Christ” over 165 times in his letters. This abundant usage begs attention to its meaning. To the degree that we have revelation of this truth is the degree that we rest in who we are in Christ. To the degree that we try to fill our lives with some thing or someone other than Him, our foundation is dangerously certain to fail.

In John 15:5-8, Jesus makes it abundantly clear that we are dependent upon being in Him. Otherwise, “apart from Him, we can do nothing.” We become like branches that are worthless to the Kingdom. Contrastly, if we remain “in Him, and His words remain in us, we can ask whatever we wish, and it will be done for us.” His primary purpose is that we would be in Him…”to His Father’s glory…and showing ourselves to be His disciples.”

This tiny word “in” creates the safest boundaries on earth when joined with the beloved “Christ.” Being outside of the boundary of these two little letters, as they are matched with the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, is the ultimate state of being lost forever.

Jump in and learn what it means to be in this wondrous Person called Christ Jesus.

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