The Bible declares that Christians are justified freely by God’s grace because of Jesus Christ. That means our justification or the making of our right standing with God is made legitimate by God’s gift which is freely given not by our merit but by undeserved mercy he bestows.
This occurs because of the redemption ( being saved from evil due to sin and demonic oppression ) that is IN Christ Jesus.
Notice that it is by being IN Christ Jesus that we are saved. IN means being enclose by or surrounded by something else.
IN is the key word to focus on to really understand our position as a child of God.
IN Christ we are new creatures. Our redemption comes not outside but IN Christ.
(2 Corinthians 5:17)
The Christian identity is IN CHRIST. Positioned in a place of enclosure.
Romans 6:3 says we were baptized into Jesus Christ and were baptized into his death.
In other words IN CHRIST the Christian is emerged. IN CHRIST the Christian is emerged into his death.
It is the death of Jesus Christ on the cross that brings our emerson INTO him.
Colossians 3:3 says we are dead IN Christ and as the Chapter continues it tells us that our life is not our own because we are IN CHRIST.
Christ’s resurrection then raises us up with him IN heavenly places.
Again the key is IN Christ.
In putting this all together Christians are Justified In Christ because of his redemption and dead In Christ because of his death so we are now seated with Christ IN heavenly places or from a kingdom of God position.
From this position Christians are to operate in this world through Jesus Christ as his ambassadors. Representing him in this world system that we are called to occupy until he comes.
This means we have now been given authority as a child of God to enforce the kingdom of God in this earth. As it is in heaven according to the will of God we pray upon this earth and by faith we declare it and enforce it by peaceful and godly means.
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