Man In Christ:
Man in Christ – anyone who accepts the gospel of the redemptive work of the Christ receives this life in Christ. The person in question is called the Man in Christ! In the same vein, anyone who rejects the redemptive work of Christ is called a man in the world. So here there are two kinds of men that exist as a result of the denial and acceptance of the work of redemption. The Man in Christ is no longer under the bondage of sin. The implication is that he will never be judged as result of sins he has committed. This is called the “abundance of Grace. Apostle Paul states it this way;
“For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)”
Therefore, anyone who has rejected the gospel of the redemptive work of Christ will stand and defend himself of the sins he has committed. The reality is that no one has what it takes to stand before God and defend himself.
So if there is a man in Christ let’s examine him briefly by looking at this quotation below.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new”
2 Corinthians 5:17.
Man In Christ – Creating Better Understanding:
Before we dissect this quotation let us rearrange it the way it was written in the original manuscript. This can be done by removing the ‘be’. This is because it’s in italic, suggesting that it isn’t there in the original. Also we have to remove he is because they are not there in the original as well. Therefore we are going to have it this way
“Therefore if any man in Christ, a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new”
2 Corinthians 5:17
Now, this gives us the right meaning of this verse. It’s by this we have to understand that the new creature is not the man in Christ but the Christ. That is to say that the man in Christ is in the new creature and as a result of that old things are passed away behold all things are become new.
The old things that are passed away here isn’t just the old/pattern of life of the individual in Christ. But the old order that has held him captive in sin. Therefore, now that he is in the new creature all things are made new, no law is holding him! No wonder Apostle Paul made this statement;
“Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.”
The Man In Christ Has No Records Of Sin:
It’s very interesting to know that the old records of Apostle Paul would reveal that he had the blood of so many Christians in his hands. However, in the quotation above he declares that
“I am pure from the blood of all men.”
The apostle has this chutzpah to make this statement because all his sins have been forgiven in Christ.
This is what it is like to be In Christ. In Christ is a place of forgiveness and where there is no record of sins. No sin is remembered In Christ. The only record established is righteousness which has been obtained on the platter of the sacrifice of Christ. This takes us to the fact that being In Christ means to take the form of Christ. The form of Christ here is the form of righteousness. For this reason it is stated that those who are In Christ are created in knowledge after the image of him that created him (Colossians 3:10). The implication is that while God is looking at the believer what He sees is a being that has been transformed to the image of His Son. Apostle Paul speaking in Romans puts it this way
“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”
He Is Located In Righteousness:
Therefore, the man In Christ is a man that has been created in righteousness. This implies that the instrument of his creation is righteousness. The man in Christ has nothing to do with sin. In this case, sin has no effect on him because he cannot be dominated by sin. He has the withal to undo every sinful desires that comes his way. Again, if sometimes he fails he can always dust himself out of it because he does not live in sin. Another thing to consider is this avowal of Apostle Paul in his epistle to the Ephesians that
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
Again we can see that the believer is created In Christ. The purpose this time is that the believer is created with good works. The believer is not created In Christ for good works but with good works. This makes a lot of difference because it implies that one of the components of the believer is good works. So there is nothing a believer could do that good work should not be found in it.
In Christ is the abode of the believer. It is in Him that he exists and without Christ, the believer has no life and no existence. For this reason it’s an understandable thing to agree with when Apostle Paul made this statement below.
“For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.”
The Man In Cannot Be Found Outside Christ:
Therefore, whatever a believer does is found In Christ. As a believer if he is walking along the road, he is walking in Christ and if he is eating even in dreams he’s doing that In Christ. There should be no point in time a believer should be found living his life outside Christ. This is because IN CHRIST is his location.
About The Author:
Chukwuemeka C. Asiegbu is the Pastor of Saved In The Lord Evangelical Ministry. He has authored many books such as “The Earth Is From Nothing”, “Man”, “The Power Of Light” etc. He has also written many Christian related articles. You can always contact him here