So many times when we are among fellow Christians we hear standard Christian terminology like, “when we’re in Christ” or “in the word” yada yada yada. But what does that even mean, to be in Christ or in the word? I often wondered what the magic was. When would I find the connection that seems to have some Christians in such awe that they speak in these mystic terms? How can you be “in” something you don’t see or understand? It wasn’t until I came accros John 1:1 that it really began to sink in.
In October 2009, I was asked by my good friend in Atlanta to read John chapter 1. His instructions were for me to carefully read the first few verses of the chapter. Not just read them but to really think through them and digest them. So I did. Here is the first verse:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” (John 1:1, NIV)
As I read this line over and over I started to understand what it means to be “in Christ” and “in the word”. When reading the Bible we are reading the Word. The word spoken of in John 1:1 is Jesus. Jesus was with God in the beginning. We understand from this verse that Jesus is God. So when we read the Bible, we are reading God’s word that brought about His creation as well as the words that are going to preserve His creation. In Genesis we read in the very beginning that it was through words that God created all things.
“Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” (John 1:2, NIV)
Nothing exists without the Word. The Word created everything. Nothing that has been made was made without Him. It was through Jesus that all things were made!
Being in the Word now no longer means to just read the Bible. For me it means being connected to it, being intimate with it, learning what my creator wants and by agreeing with it. If I am in agreement, then my life will reflect my belief through my choices and it’s then that I can say that I am “in Christ”.
That is true discipleship. That is what it means to be “in the word and in Christ”.
See also: Do You Know Him