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I'm baptised into Christ, Christ is fed into me

It's important to rightly relate these truths - 'I am in Christ' and 'Christ is in me' (see this older post and this one).

If I put "Christ in me" first then I fall for a Catholic doctrine of infusion.  God infuses His grace into me so that I begin to live the righteous life.  Eventually I might be declared righteous.  If a person gives priority to "Christ in me" they may have Personalised the grace which God gives (which is an improvement on the Catholic doctrine) but we're still travelling along the same route.

The gospel is "I in Christ" - that is, through a gracious marriage union with Christ I immediately have His name.  Therefore righteousness is a status instantly imputed to me as a gift in Jesus. The rest of my life involves a communion with Jesus in which I gradually exhibit more and more of His nature.  But that is not my hope.  My hope is not me living Christ's life (by His power within me).  My hope is Christ living my life (with me hidden in Him).

This morning I was reflecting on the nature of the sacraments and how they teach this fundamental truth.  I am baptised into Christ.  This is the beginning and foundation of my Christian life - I in Christ.  But regularly I am fed by Christ and take Him into myself - Christ in me.

To put it in Passover terms, I am saved once and for all by the Lamb's blood applied externally - I'm hidden in the Lamb.  But I am nourished for the journey out of Egypt by the Lamb's flesh - the Lamb in me.

And incidentally this is the basis of the Christian sexual ethic too.  The once-for-all one-flesh union first, the regular one-flesh communion afterwards - the two utterly united and the former given absolute priority.

Mix them up and you get into all sorts of trouble, in all areas of life!


0 thoughts on “I'm baptised into Christ, Christ is fed into me

  1. James

    If salvation does not also involve the journey to and entrance into the Promised Land, then one kinda ruins the typological significance of it all... Moses dies before entering the Promised Land, Joshua leads them in. Likewise the Law cannot save, only faith in Jesus.

  2. theoldadam

    "The rest of my life involves a communion with Jesus in which I gradually exhibit more and more of His nature."

    I much prefer the language of 'dying' and 'rising', returning to my Baptism, and trust in His promises. (Romans 7 and my own life are evidence against me that I am even a Christian)

    But He declares me righteous for His sake.

    And in my baptism, He acts for me, and carries me in that Baptism (like a ship), all throughout the rough seas and sometimes calm seas of my life.

    Thanks, Glen.

  3. Glen

    Hi James,

    Yes every snapshot of OT salvation is incomplete. Passover works great as a snapshot of our salvation but of course there's a long way to go until the Israelites are in the land of milk and honey. So too with the Red Sea.

    I preached a whole series on 'Church in the Wilderness' where I wrestled with these questions. The final sermon is precisely your point - Moses died, Joshua brings them in.

    Welcome to the blog! :)

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