One of the great revelations of the New Testament is that when I receive Jesus as my Lord and Saviour, He is in me and I am in Him. The idea here is that we become one with Christ and so many verses in the Bible start to make sense when we understand this.
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
This concept goes beyond just two individuals who are close together, it speaks of a total fusion of two to become one!
1 Corinthians 6:17
But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.
Think of two different colours of paint mixed together. Once they are fully combined, you can no longer see two separate colours but one new colour. This is why the Bible talks of those who are born-again as being new creations!
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
The more we realise and renew our minds to the fact that we as believers are literally one with Christ, the more we will walk in the victories Jesus won. If they belong to Jesus and He is one with me, then they are also mine!
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
In a sense, I no longer exist as I used to, I am now so completely fused with Jesus that God the Father, only sees the perfectness of Jesus when He looks at me!
2 Corinthians 5:21
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
I am now like Jesus, not because I’ve somehow become perfect through my own efforts but because through the miracle of the new birth, I am now fused with Him, to become a totally new creature that is like Him in this world.
1 John 4:17
Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.
If you’ve been in attending church for longer than ten minutes, then chances are you’ve heard of the idea of becoming more “Christ like”. This is often made to mean, try to be better, try to be nicer, try to be good. The focus is on us trying to get something through our efforts and will power.
The way to become more “Christ like” is by realising that you are one with Christ and that your true nature is therefore the nature of Jesus. By starting to think this way, you will start to act this way and after a short time of thinking this way, you’ll be far more “Christ like” by accident than you ever were on purpose through your own efforts!