*Note to reader: Within this article you will notice scripture references after some of the sentences. I invite you to look up the references in order to verify what is being communicated.
When building a house, the foundation must be established on a solid and immovable surface. Can you imagine what it would be like to have your dream house built on sand? Whenever the first strong wind came about your dream house would collapse. I liken this example to the life of my Christian family in the earth. When the child of God is rooted in the firm foundation of truth, the winds of life may blow but we remain stable. One of the foundational truths that helps to fortify the child of God is the revelation of our in Christ reality. Over the years I have heard many teachings about the in Christ scriptures, but nothing ever resonated within my soul. I heard what was being said, but it transferred no illustration to my heart. For example, if I am teaching about an airplane, even though you may not be a pilot you start to get pictures going off in your mind’s eye of airplanes you have seen. This illustration conveys that you are actually tracking with what is being communicated. Jesus used this principle when teaching messages by likening spiritual things to things like yeast, the seed, wheat, tares as well as other examples. When teaching the gospel the anointing of the Holy Spirit allows the teacher to present messages that appeal to the heart of the listener. That same anointing to teach also works within the heart of the listeners to ensure reception. This operation of the Spirit of God works by the mutual faith of both the preacher and the hearer of the message being declared. This is what Paul referred to when he wrote to the saints in Rome. See the following passages:
Rom 1:11, 12 For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established; that is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith of both you and me.
Rom 1:14-16 I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. So as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith.
Notice in the passages above how Paul conveys the idea of faith being the mutual likeness that enables the saints to communicate and comprehend the gospel message. This can be a bit misleading because some Christians believe that everyone has faith. This assumption is incorrect and is the enemy of the child of God’s growing up in the knowledge of Christ. Some believe that Romans 12:3 says everyone has faith because God has given a measure of faith to all. My response to this message is to ask you to read who Paul was addressing his message too. See the following verse:
Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Notice who Paul is directing this message too. The first verse in Romans 12 lets us know who this message about receiving a measure of faith is pertaining too. Paul addresses this message to the brethren or in other words the children of faith. For more evidence see the following passage:
2Thes 3:1, 2 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: 2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
The fact that the child of God must come to terms with is that not everyone has faith. There are those amongst us who are not of us, or as the apostle John said, there are many antichrists (1John 2:18, 19). In other words, there are those amongst us that are the children of the devil from the womb (Ps 58:3; 1John 3:10-12). In the interest of giving an illustration, think about two differing lion prides in the wild. With untrained eyes we as humans do not notice the distinct differences between the two prides when observing both. However, for the lion there is no mistaking the difference between those within the family and those without. Lions can recognize other lions quickly by both sight and scent. Child of God, you may not realize it but all Christians are recognizable by both sight and scent in the spirit realm (2Cor 4:15, 16). The elect angelic host as well as the fallen angelic host and their kindred can identify the child of God immediately. Even from the womb of our mother’s, our inheritance of the substance of faith is evident to all beings that populate the spirit realm. It is only in the natural realm that the child of God struggles with the reality of their inheritance at birth. It is only in the natural realm that we have to learn the true spiritual reality of our origin. Many of us still believe that we made a choice for eternal salvation by choosing Jesus. It is not until God uncovers our eyes to the truth do we realize that we instinctively came to Jesus because we were born of the Spirit from the womb (Jer 1:5; Ps 22:9, 10; Gal 4:28, 29). The faith within in us led us to Christ, a faith we already had before we ever heard of Him. The power of sin in the earth casts a spiritual shadow that seeks to hide this reality (Is 42:6, 7; Acts 18:26; 2Cor 4:4). The result is the child of God’s warfare with works for righteousness. The influence of the power of darkness subverts the reality of our being born righteous from the womb (Jer 1:5; Ps 22:9, 10; Gal 4:28, 29; Eph 1:4; 2:10). The result is that the child of God is led to strive to be righteous which leads to condemnation, verses understanding that righteousness is our inheritance at birth. For more of an understanding about the inheritance of faith, see the article on the inheritance of faith and or listen to the audio entitled what is faith.
In this article we will seek to understand and be established in what it means to be in Christ. The first hurdle we must clear is overcoming the idea of free will as we know it. Not one of us came into this world based on any free will of our own. In fact the bible teaches us that God Almighty planned the end from the beginning (Is 46:10). We are also told that before we came out of the womb that our days were written for us (Ps 139:15, 16). God backs this assertion up in many places in scripture but one of the most notable examples is when he speaks with Jeremiah. God told Jeremiah that before he was formed in the belly, that he was known and before he came out of the womb he had been sanctified, and ordained as a prophet unto the nations (Jer 1:5). What does this reveal to us? It reveals that we are here per the plan and timing of God and for his specific purpose. This is not a study specifically on the sovereignty of God but a foundational understanding is important as we unveil the mystery of the in Christ reality. You may be asking what one has to do with the other. What does the sovereignty of God have to do with understanding what being in Christ means? Simple, if you understand that you did not choose your timing of birth or who your parents would be, you can then understand that you owe the choosing of your heritage to God.
Next, with the understanding that it was God who chose your inheritance we can now discuss the child of God’s origin. By way of example, think about your father for a moment. Have you ever considered where you were before he and your mother met each other? The fact is that you were in your father. In other words, you were in the loins of your father in seed form. I fully understand that this is not an area that the logical or carnal mind can readily grasp but this is spiritual truth. Earlier, we established that Jeremiah was known before he was in the womb (Jer 1:5). With a bit of research you can also study how Abraham was told that Isaac would come from his loins and Sarah’s womb, and that kings would come from their union (Gen 17). It is highly apparent that God is not limited with time and that the future holds no mysteries for Him, who planned the end from the beginning. For a more specific illustration see the following passage:
Heb 7:9, 10 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham. 10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.
In the above mentioned scripture we find out that Levi was credited paying tithes to Melchisedec even though he had yet to be born. As a matter of fact neither had his father Jacob nor his grandfather Isaac been born. This example, as many others in scripture reveals the mystery of the cross of Christ. What we are seeing here is the law of inheritance. So, with this understood let’s go back to the question I posed earlier to you. Where were you before your mother and father met? You were in the loins of your father, therefore, after you were born your father was in you. The very seed of life that he passed on to your mother in the making of you, contained the life that was in him. In other words, your earthly origin begins from within your father. At conception your father passed off his life into you. We can now say that you were in your father, and now your father is in you. The same life blood that exists in your father first, now flows within you. You may not know this, but the woman does not offer any blood to the fetus in the conception process. Humans are of a paternal lineage, meaning the blood is passed on by the father. If you can see this truth then I want to take you even further back than your earthly father. As a matter of fact we are going to trace our ancestry all the way back to the first man, our father Adam. If you understood the example of your father then you should understand the example of Adam’s father. See the following verse:
Gen 1:26 And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
In the above mentioned verse, the word God, is the Hebrew word Elohim. Elohim is the plural form of the word God which in our understanding, would be translated, Godhead. In other words, the Godhead said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness. With a brief study in 2Corinthians, Colossians and Hebrews, a very powerful truth about the image of God is unveiled. See the following:
2Cor 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
Col 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
Heb 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:
Based on the verses mentioned above, we now understand that the Godhead made man in the “Image” of God. Who is the image of God? Jesus Christ is the image of God. In other words, Adam was brought forth from within the Image of God known then as the Word of God, today known to us as the Messiah Jesus Christ. See the following verse:
Gen 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Adam’s flesh was made of the earth. Do you remember the example we discussed earlier regarding your mother and father? The father provides the life blood and the mother provides the womb. The above mentioned verse, follows the same pattern as the illustration of the father and mother example. In the above mentioned verse, the breath of life would represent the life blood or the seed from the man, and the body from the earth representing the womb. In other words, Jesus, the word of God is Adam’s father, and the earth would represent the womb of the mother. The apostle Paul actually calls the Jerusalem which is from above our true mother and thus we will receive the redemption of our new creation bodies at the coming of Christ (Rom 8:23; Gal 4:26; Phil 3:21). If you would like to learn more about Jerusalem which is now and the Jerusalem which is above see future article. For now, do you remember the illustration of how you were originally in your father, and after conception your father was in you? As we discussed, while you were in your father’s loins you were in him. Upon conception resulting from your mother and father coming together, you were transferred into the womb and now your father is in you. The same life blood that resides in your father now resides in you. Apply this same illustration to Jesus and Adam. Adam was first in Christ in seed form. Afterwards, upon his transference into the body, Christ was now in Adam. We could also say, the spirit life of Christ was now resident within Adam. Can you see how this applies to you also child of God? Do you remember the first hurdle we discussed earlier in this lesson? We discussed the fact that God Almighty planned our birth and how the days of our lives were written before there was one. Well, when the child of God does not realize that their life is made up of a destiny planned of God, they think that there life is based on their choices. The doctrine of choice is therefore in opposition to the law of inheritance, which is ordained of God. If we are blind to the law of inheritance, then the reality of our origin being in Christ is never understood. However, when God enlightens us to the fact that every child of God ever destined to be born into the earth, first dwelt within Christ, we can understand where we came from. This means that before the foundation of the world, the child of God was in Christ in seed form (Eph 1:4). What does this mean? Mainly this, we now understand that salvation was never a choice but an inheritance. See the following passage:
Gen 1:11, 12 And God said, let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
The “Image,” later known as Jesus Christ, brought forth seed after His kind, our father Adam. Another example of this law at work is the example of our mother Eve being brought forth out of Adam (Gen 2:21-23). What is all this revealing to us? The in Christ reality means that you were in Christ before the foundation of the world. When God the Father brought forth the First Born of all creation, all the children of God were in Him. Therefore, just as one seed can reproduce countless others, so it is with Christ and His offspring. See the following passages:
John 6:39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
John 17:9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
John 17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
Heb 2:13 And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, behold I and the children which God hath given me.
Is this reality starting to resonate within you? Can you see how you were in Christ and now how Christ is in you? See the following verse as Jesus explains this clearly.
Matt 13:36-39 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. 37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 38 the field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
Jesus mentions above that He sowed good seed, which was Adam, into the earth. Therefore all the children of God destined by God to come forth from within Adam were in his loins. Once again Jesus is revealing the law of inheritance at work. Notice however, the law of inheritance also works the same way for the children of the wicked one. You may be wondering how there can exists two types of seed in the earth if Jesus only sowed good seed. The angels of God had the same question. See the following passage.
Matt 13:24-30 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, the kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? From whence then hath it tares? 28 He said unto them, an enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 29 But he said, nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
You will notice in the above passage that Jesus explains how the tares or evil seed began to grow in the field or in the world. He says that while men slept, or in other words when Adam experienced spiritual death, or slept spiritually, the enemy Satan came in and sowed evil seed amongst the good. In other words, because Satan had the power of death (Heb 2:14), the invasion of sin and death into Adam’s being, gave Satan access to sow seed through the death that now flowed in mankind (Matt 13:25). This is why in Genesis 3:15 introduces the distinction between the woman’s seed and the serpent’s. Now you can understand what Jesus is teaching in the following passage:
John 8:37-45 I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. 38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. 39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, if ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham. 40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. 41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, we be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. 42 Jesus said unto them, if God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 43 Why do ye not understand my speech? Even because ye cannot hear my word. 44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
Once again Jesus is revealing the power of inheritance. These imposters who were Jews by natural birth, were in actuality children of the wicked one by birth of spiritual death. Scripture reveals two types of births from the mother’s womb, being born of the spirit and born after the flesh (John 1:13; 3:6; Rom 9:6-13; Gal 4:28, 29; 1John 3:9, 10). Did you notice that the imposters in the passage above are telling Jesus that God was their Father? These antichrists beings are a perversion of what the Godhead sowed into the earth. Once again this is not a lesson on children of God and children of the wicked one, but this foundational understanding will help you understand the in Christ and Christ in you reality. For more information on the distinction of the seeds, see audio messages about the seed and being born again.
Finally, we have done enough research now to read some in Christ scriptures and actually track with what is being said. See the following verses:
Eph 1:4 According as he hath chosen us IN HIM before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Eph 1:10, 11 That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11 IN WHOM also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
2Tim 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us IN CHRIST JESUS before the world began.
There are more verses of course, but the above examples will suffice. When reading that you were in Christ before the foundation of the world does it resonate within? I am not suggesting that you are fully understanding everything, but do you at least have a picture of what the in Christ and therefore Christ in you reality is declaring. It is as simple as the orange seed that has the nature of the orange flowing through it. Although the seeds produced after the first orange tree are separate entities, the same nature flows through both. Because the second seed came from within the first, the first is resident within the second. In other words in order for Christ to be within the child of God, it means that you were first in Him. Now you can understand the following verse:
Heb 2:11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren