‘And be found in Him’ (Philippians 3:9)
To be in Christ is to be united to Him by faith and love; and is of the utmost importance. Apart from Christ we are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked; united to Christ we are immensely rich, immutably safe, exalted to the highest honour, and shall appear without fault before the throne of God.
If we are in Christ, or one with Christ, we are:
-> justified by His obedience, as the debtor is cleared by the payment made by His surety
-> sanctified through Him, as the vessel is cleansed in the fountain
-> protected by Him, as Noah was in the ark
-> exalted to honour as the BRIDE of the KING ETERNAL, Immortal, the only wise God.
The Apostle rightly desires “TO BE FOUND IN HIM.” No mind can conceive, no tongue can declare the blessedness that flows from being ONE WITH CHRIST.
Therefore, let’s ask this morning, “Am I in Christ at present? Am I living with Him as His faithful bride; for Him as His devoted servant; upon Him as His dependent child? Do I renounce all for Christ? Can I say, I am crucified with Christ? The world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world?”
Yes, yes, I must and will esteem
All things but loss for Jesus’ sake.
Oh, may my soul be found in Him,
And of His righteousness partake.
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
‘APRIL. For some time I have been much depressed, the changeableness of professors, and the little life I feel in private prayer are the principal causes. How many are ready to run after something new, and to embrace error – may the Lord be my keeper’.