Who we are “in Christ”

To grasp who we are in Christ, we take one step back to who Jesus was in the Father, because who Jesus was in the Father is who we are now in Christ.

In John 17:24 it was Jesus’ greatest wish that we could see his glory, “the glory you (the Father) have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.” “Glory” to Jesus was being loved for ever and always by the Father. His purpose, therefore, has been, and still is, to make the Father’s love for him known, verse 25, “in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

Jesus would love us to know the Father’s love like he knows the Father’s love. But look at the means by which he prays for that to be possible: “that I myself may be in them.” It is by Jesus living in us himself. He can then directly live IN us what he is literally living and experiencing himself.

That’s like me as a parent living in my children what I’ve lived and experienced in my life – by taking them to the same places I’ve been to, and mixing with the same people I grew up with. I can live my life in them, and even live the same love I received too, by my children meeting and being loved by the same people I was loved by. As a parent I considered that one of the most “glorious” things I could do, enabling my children to know love like I knew love growing up, because that’s how they’d come to learn the most important lesson of who they are, that they are much loved members of the family.

It was for that reason too that Paul prayed to the Father in Ephesians 3:17 “that Christ may dwell in your hearts,” because, verse 19, they’d experience being “filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” With Christ in them they’d experience the fullness of God’s love as Jesus experiences it.

And Jesus knew he could do that for us when he prayed to the Father “that I myself may be in them,” because in him – “in Christ,” Ephesians 3:9 – “all the fullness of the Deity lives.” That would include, therefore, the fullness of God’s love, and “since you (or we) have been given fullness in Christ,” verse 10, WE, therefore, get to experience the fullness of that love too. And then we learn the most glorious lesson of all as to who we in Christ: We are the fully loved children of the Father, just like Jesus is.

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