Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Immensity of Redemption

I recently picked up a small book entitled In Christ by
T Austin-Sparks, who lived in the 19th century. First of all,
I hardly recognize his teachings because they are foreign
to what is taught in most churches today; secondly,
he speaks truth.

There is no phrase or formula which occur with greater 
frequency than this, "in Christ." In all the 200 times of its 
occurrence the principle is the same. In Ephesians 1:10 
we are told that God has purposed to sum up all things in 
Christ and that outside of Him there is nothing which has 
any place in the eternal purpose and intention of God. The 
plan, the method, the resources, the times, the eternities, 
are all Christopheric--centered in Christ.

In Eternity past we were chosen and elected together in 
Christ. Eph 1:4; 1Peter 5:13
Planted together in the likeness of His death. Rom 6:5
Quickened...together in christ Eph 2:15
Raised...up together in Christ Eph 2:6
Made...to sit together in Christ Eph 2:6
Perfected together 1Cor 2:2
Knit together  Col 2:2
Live together with him 1Thes 5:10
Working Together with him 2 Cor 5:1

Then comes the climax at the end of time, when all things
will be accomplished and we are 'Together...caught up,"
Phil 1:27 and then "Glorified together with him." Rom 8:17.

Reader, have you ever pondered the immensity of what it
means that Christ redeemed us from our sins and made us
a New Creation, centered in Him alone? I have not done
this very much, myself!

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