helpmeet, formed out of Christ in his deep sleep of death, as Eve out of Adam. The church will be nearest to Christ, as Eve was to Adam.? Because Christ is the source of all spiritual life for his people, he is called, in <230906>Isaiah 9:6, ?Everlasting Father,? and it is said, in <235310>Isaiah 53:10, that ?he shall see his seed? (see page 680).
B. Direct statements.
(a) The believer is said to be in Christ.
Lest we should regard the figures mentioned above as merely Oriental metaphors, the fact of the believer?s union with Christ is asserted in the most direct and prosaic manner. <431420>John 14:20 ? ?ye in me?;
<450611> Romans 6:11 ? ?alive unto God in Christ Jesus?; 8:1 ? ?no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus?; <470517>2 Corinthians 5:17 ? ?if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature?; <490104>Ephesians 1:4 ? ?chose us in him before the foundation of the world?; 2:13 ? ?now in Christ Jesus ye that once were far off are made nigh in the blood of Christ.? Thus the believer is said to be ?in Christ? as the element or atmosphere, which surrounds him with its perpetual presence and which constitutes his vital breath. In fact, this phrase ?in Christ? is always meaning ?in union with Christ,? is the very key to Paul?s epistles and to the whole New Testament. The fact that the believer is in Christ is symbolized in baptism ? we are ?baptized into Christ? ( <480327>Galatians 3:27).
(b) Christ is said to be in the believer.
<431420> John 14:20 ?I in you?; <450809>Romans 8:9 ? ?are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you. But if any man hath not the spirit of Christ, he is none of his.? That this Spirit of Christ is Christ himself, is shown from verse 10 ? ?And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the spirit is life because of righteousness?; <480220>Galatians 2:20 ? ?I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I that live, but Christ liveth in me.? Christ is said here to be in the believer, and so to live his life within the believer, that the latter can point to this as the dominating fact of his experience. It is not so much that he lives, as it is Christ that lives in him. The fact that Christ is in the believer is symbol in the Lord?s supper. ?The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? ( <461016>1 Corinthians 10:16).
(c) The Father and the Son dwell in the believer.
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