“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me” (John15:4).
A few figures of speech like ‘body’, ‘household’, and (in today’s text) ‘tree’ are used in the bible to describe our union with Christ as believers. We are one with the risen Christ. This means that we have been made benefactors of Christ’s redemptive work.
God made Jesus our substitute. All that Jesus did, He did for us. When he died, we died with him. When He arose, we arose with Him. When He ascended to heaven, we ascended with Him. When He sat at the right hand of the father, we sat in Him. Praise God!
Paul says: “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places IN Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:2-6). The word ‘in’ there describes our union with Christ. The eyes of justice see us in all that Christ has done, because He stood in our place. It is in that sense that we are in Him.
He is our ‘second Adam’. Paul describes this thus: “Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life” (Romans 5:18). By the same laws by which death passed on all men, life has come to all that believe. We are complete in Him! Praise God!