Posted: June 2, 2006
A Study of Positional Truths
How our hearts are
overwhelmed as we start our 82nd IN CHRIST study. Many of
these have included several IN CHRIST statements. Paul used this phrase
well over a hundred times. We are just going through Possessing our
Possessions. Two more IN CHRIST phrases are mentioned in I Timothy
1:13-17 when Paul said,
before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained
mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our
Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love, which is in Christ
Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ
might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should
hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. Now unto the King eternal,
immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory forever and
In this great text
Paul mentions three great truths of which we would like to use as the
grounds of our study. The first is Possession In Me. Paul
sees four things he possesses because of the indwelling Christ. In
verse 13 he said,
but I obtained mercy, The word obtained
means to get because one has met with light or a lot has fallen upon
them. The word mercy means to withhold from one what they
deserve. O, what a grounds for rejoicing. In verse 14 he said he got abundant
grace. The word abundant means to fill or strengthen with
an exceeding number, multiplied, a multitude in number. It is our word
super size. Let us not forget that wherever sin abounds, grace
will much more abound. Paul tells us IN CHRIST he received faith
and love. Faith is the ability given as a gift to one to
believe the unbelievable, see the unseeable, and rest upon the
unsearchable. Paul was also given love because of the
indwelling Christ. Love is the attribute of Christ that would cause one
to offer their self as a sacrifice because of the value they place on
the one loved. Can we imagine all of that and heaven too?
The second truth we
see in our text is not only our Possession In Me but His Patience
With Me. Paul tells us in verse 16 that God showed him longsuffering.
The word used is the utmost of longsuffering. It is made up of two
words, one of which means long spirited. The second means an emotion
that moves the whole inner man towards judgment but it is restrained
from yielding to this passionate anger.
We are told in verse
15 that the only reason Christ came into this world was to save
sinners. Paul said, he was the chief of sinners. The word chief
is superior, above all, the worst of the lot. Paul says in verse 16
that God and he are a pattern to all that would later believe.
The pattern says if He saved Paul the Christian killer He will save
We have looked at
two truths from our text, Possession In Me and Patience
With Me. Let us now look at verse 17 were we find Praise From
Me. Paul is overwhelmed with his position IN CHRIST and he breaks
out in a doxology of praise.
The word now
in verse 17 expresses a continual point of focus. Paul calls Christ the
King of all ages. He sees Christ as immortal. (Uncorrupted,
without decay) He is invisible. (A Spirit that can be felt but
not seen) He is the only wise God. There is no God beside
Him. What gives Him the only God status? All the other
religious leaders lie dead in their graves, but our God yet liveth.
Paul erupts by giving Him honour and glory. The word honour
means to place a high value upon. The word glory has the idea
of adoring by doing simple and silly things. Paul does it now with
anticipation of doing it forever.
position IN HIM cause you to be stoic and stone faced in places of
worship? Or do you find from time to time that something erupts like
dynamite in you and water flows from your eyes, your hands become light
and lifted, your feet are free to stand, and your tongue is loosed to
tell of His goodness to you?