Do you not realize that Christ is in you? That’s a question the Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians in his second letter to them. Do you not realize that Christ is in you? As we study our passage this morning, I think that’s a helpful question for us to consider. My fear is that many Christians live each day without an awareness of the indwelling Christ. And when we live without an awareness of this reality, we also miss out on fully experiencing all that belongs to those who are united to Christ.
When we talk about salvation, we often speak about it primarily in terms of what Christ has acquired for us. And certainly this isn’t wrong. Essential to the gospel is the fact that Christ has reconciled us to God through his sacrificial death. He has purchased redemption for us. He has saved us from our own sin, and from the condemnation and judgment reserved for unbelievers. But when we speak about our salvation, do we also talk about the reception of the living Christ? Do you we grasp the reality not only of the gift we receive in the gospel, but the giver who now lives in us.
Rankin Wilbourne says it so well: “The greatest treasure of the gospel, greater than any other benefit the gospel brings, is the gift of God himself.” You see, Christ’s saving work is of no benefit to us unless we are one with Him. Central to our salvation is the fact that the incarnate, crucified, resurrected, and reigning Savior is living inside of us!
To give you an idea of how pervasive this is: Guess how many times the word “Christian” appears in the New Testament? Three. Guess how many times the phrase “in Christ” appears in the New Testament? One hundred and sixty five. In the eight verses read this morning, six times we find either “in him” or “with him” being used. So as we look at this passage, my hope is that we would walk away with a deeper understanding of the riches of our union with Christ. Because it is only when we begin to grasp the reality of Union with Christ that I believe we can say confidently, “He is sufficient.”