Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #35
Posted: March 4, 2005

IN CHRIST
A Study of Positional Truths

Our study this week of Positional Truth takes us to I Corinthians 1:30-31.  Paul said, “But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: that according as it is written, he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”

This text speaks of us glorying in the Lord.  The word ‘glory’ means to give weighty emphasis, credence, importance, and attention.  In the context of these verses, Paul tells us that our call to salvation and choice of our salvation were all the Lord’s doings.  Because of His call and His choice all that Christ is, I now am.  This is expressed in the phrase, ‘But of Him are ye in Christ’. (Vs. 30) 

Paul tells us that God has ‘made unto us’ all that Christ is.  The phrase ‘made unto us’ carries the idea of a once for all as well as an ongoing transformation.  The word ‘transform’ is akin to our word metamorphosis.  This means to cause the inside to become the outside. Our Lord has once for all changed us into the likeness of Christ.  He is daily changing us and one day we will be just like Him.

The text tells us that the ‘wisdom of Christ’ has been given to us.  His wisdom transforms my senses and gives me the mind of Christ.  I can now think like He thinks.  I do not have to be controlled by the natural senses of my fallen nature.  Oh, what a thought.  When I rely upon Him and acknowledge Him in all my ways, His thoughts become my thoughts.  This will certainly change our tendency toward wrong choices and decisions.  Lord, let your wisdom prevail over the earthly wisdom that is in me. 

Paul says, ‘He has made unto me righteousness’.  His righteousness transforms my standing with God and gives me the morals of Christ.  I do not have to try to be good.  My position in Christ has made me whiter than snow.  All my sins, past, present, and future, have been buried in the sea of God’s forgetfulness.  He has even put up a ‘No Fishing’ sign.  He took my sins and gave me His righteousness.  That, my friend, was a grand swap.  I truly got the best end of this great salvation.  To God be all the glory!

The text tells us ‘He was made unto me sanctification’.  Sanctification deals with my daily walk.  We see that Christ has transformed my separation and given me the motives of Christ.  The laws of Christ are now written in my heart.  When I put the Word of God in me and cooperate with His indwelling Spirit, Christ produces His likeness through me.  My inside becomes my outside.

Christ is also ‘made unto us redemption’.  Redemption, when used in context, with sanctification and righteousness speaks of a final redemption.  Christ has transformed my soul and will one day give me the mansion of Christ.  Do remember, this is an ongoing process in time that has already completed in eternity. 

Surely, we have somewhat to glory in but definitely not in ourselves.  No wonder Paul said in verse 29 ‘that no flesh should glory in His presence’.  If Christ is in us, He will cause the inside to become the outside.  Let us sing; O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood! To every believer the promise of God; The vilest offender who truly believes that moment from Jesus, a pardon receives.  O, come to the Father through Jesus the Son, and give Him the glory, Great things He hath done.

 

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