In Adam vs. In Christ

I remember some time ago, I went through the New Testament and found every instance of the phrase “in Christ”, “in Jesus” or “in him” where applicable. It was an incredibly insightful study and I would encourage you to do the same and discover the riches we posses in Christ. So often, however, riches aren’t appreciated unless they are paired side by side with poverty. Blue Letter Bible (http://www.blueletterbible.org/ – a great resource, by the way) had a blog post pairing the contrast of who we were “in Adam” and who we are now “in Christ”. They only had the references, so I fleshed out the examples. Let this be a meditation for you as you consider the greatness of what our Savior has done for us.

In Adam

In Christ

Sin (Rom. v. 12) …

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.

… Righteousness (II. Cor. v. 21).

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.

 Death (Rom. v. 17) …

For by one man’s offence death reigned by one…

… Life (I. John v. 11).

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

Banishment (Eph. ii. 13)

… ye who sometimes were far off…

… Nearness (Eph. ii. 13).

But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were afar off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

Condemnation (Rom. v. 18)

Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation…

… Justification (Rom. v. 1).

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…

Curse (Gal. iii. 10) …

For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

… Blessing (Eph. i. 3).

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ…

Judgment (John iii. 36)

… he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

… Deliverance (II. Cor. i. 10).

Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us…

Shame (Ezekiel xvi. 5)

None eye pitied thee, … to have compassion upon thee; but thou wast cast out in the open field, to the loathing of thy person…

… Glory (John xvii. 24).

Father, I will that they also, whome thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me…

Poverty (Isaiah lv. 2)

Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? Your labor for that which satisfieth not?

… Riches (II. Cor. viii. 9).

For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

Sickness (Isaiah i. 5, 6)

… the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it…

… Health (Psalm xxiii. 3).

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Defeat (II. Tim. ii. 26)

And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

… Victory (I. John v. 4).

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

Sorrow (Gen. iii. 17) …

… cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life…

… Joy (Rom. v. 11).

And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have no received the atonement.

Weakness (Rom. v. 6)

… we were without strength…

… Power (Phil. iv. 13).

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Enmity (Rom. viii. 7)

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

… Oneness (Gal. iii. 28).

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

Bondage (Heb. ii. 15)

And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage…

… Liberty (Gal. v. 1).

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

Let me ask you, are you in Christ? Which column speaks of your life? Are you under the thumb of sin or is your righteousness found and fashioned in Jesus? Are you in spiritual death or have you found life abundant in Jesus? Are you far from God today or have you been made night by Christ’s shed blood? All that we had in Adam was death; and Christ died the death for us, that we might have life forevermore in Him. Where once we were condemned, the very enemies of God, we have been justified and been adopted as His son or daughter! Where once we were in bondage to the fear of death and sin, we now have liberty from sin and can face death with joy! O, that you would know the riches that are in Christ today! If you do not know Him, come to Him and humble yourself before the throne of God. As the old hymn says, “Nothing in your hand do bring; simply to the cross you must cling!” He will by no means cast you out. If you do know Him, rejoice, brother, rejoice, sister and see all that we have by the grace of God!

 

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  1. #1 by lostsheepofyisrael on March 6, 2012 - 2:29 am

    Shalom NIK ,
    I am new to this so I wanted to let you know I responded to your questions on my blog,
    Thank you and may Yah send shalom on your house.(wasn’t sure if you would see my response.
    Jason

  2. #3 by Jonathan Stone on March 6, 2012 - 3:12 am

    Very cool post. Thank you for sharing!

    • #4 by Nik E. on March 6, 2012 - 3:40 am

      Thanks for your comment!

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