Saturday: 15th June, 2019
Reference text: 2 Corinthians 5:14-21
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Without the luxury of exact Global positioning systems or longitudinal and latitudinal coordinates, prepositions do a pretty good job of indicating position. For example: ON the fifteenth step OF the Opera house IN Sydney, ABOUT one hundred metres FROM the restaurants.
One can work out this location to within an acceptable degree of accuracy by following the prepositional prompters.
In that regard, let us pay closer attention to the preposition used in today’s text- ‘If any man be “IN” Christ… Multiple other words could be used:’ with christ, for Christ or from Christ, yet none of those communicate the exact positioning and intention of this message as much as the first- IN. By definition ‘IN’ expresses a situation that something appears entirely enclosed or surrounded by something else’. Therefore, the position ‘IN Christ’, makes reference to being encapsulated by Him.
As such, the only thing visible from the outside, is the capsule or the covering. What is in it, remains entirely protected, and seen in the light of the capsule. Beloved, may be you don’t get the full picture but here is a summary- Christ, that radiant light and glorious sun of righteousness, is our covering. Hence, the reason we can always return to the throne of grace.
Sweetheart, we can assume many different positions around Christ, but the qualification for newness emanates from being IN him: totally surrendered to His love, surrounded by His glory and covered by His intercessions. WITH Him, all things are possible, BY Him were all things made, but it is IN Him, that we are renewed.