GBL-4 - The Benefits of Being in Christ
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GREAT BIBLE LESSONS
GREAT BIBLE LESSONS
“Great Bible Lessons: Lesson 4”
Introduction by narrator accompanied by a cappella singing:
THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. Spreading the soul-saving message of Jesus. And now,
The word of God says, "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
Old things are passed away. Behold, all has become new," 2 Corinthians
We welcome you today to our study of the benefits of being in Christ.
Today, we're going to talk about why does a person want to make sure that
he's in Christ and that he's a child of God, and we hope that this
encouragement will motivate all of us to make sure we're right on the side
In Ephesians 1:3, the Bible says that, "Every spiritual blessing is ours
in Christ Jesus." What a joy and a privilege it is for the child of God to be in
Christ. We're going to think about- what are the benefits, why is it such a
wonderful thing to make sure that a person is actually in Christ, and what
does it mean to really be in Christ?
The first benefit of being in Christ is that that's where redemption is
found. As we think about the idea of redemption, we're talking about being
bought back, the idea of redeemed is to be bought back. Paul mentions this
beautiful idea of redemption in Romans 3. I want you to listen to verse
number 24. The Scripture says, "Being justified freely by His grace through
the redemption that is in Christ Jesus." Redemption carries the idea of
being bought back or bought from sin, bought back to God by the blood of
Jesus. How wonderful it is to be redeemed! Colossians 1:14, "In whom we
have redemption in His blood, the forgiveness of sins." Christians often sing
this song, "I'm redeemed," and what a beautiful idea that is, but to do that,
we've really got to be in Christ. You see, Jesus gave His life as a ransom to
buy us back to God. We're ransomed in Christ, Galatians 1:4 following.
Revelation 5, you see that scene where John begins to weep because
there's no one there to open the seals, to unleash the wrath of God to save
mankind, and then forward steps that lamb who is slain from the foundation
of the world. He’s able to open the seals. He's able to save man from sin
and to give salvation because God wants all to be saved and come to a
knowledge of the truth. The price that was ultimately paid to buy us back to
God was with the life of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I want you to hear the words of Galatians 1 as it relates to this idea as
Paul speaks about man being ransomed by the blood of Christ and by the
great sacrifice that he made. Galatians 1:4 the Scripture records these
words, "Of Jesus Christ who gave Himself for our sins that He might deliver
us from this present evil age according to the will of our God and Father."
There's the idea of freely giving to buy us back to God. Titus 2:14, He has
purchased for himself his own special people, zealous for good works.
Being in Christ means that I'm redeemed. The price has been paid for my
sin. By the blood of Jesus, I'm now bought back to God, and I am, indeed,
a child of the Almighty.
What's another wonderful benefit of being in Christ? Friend, in Christ,
there's no condemnation. Romans 8:1 says it this way, "Therefore, there is
now no condemnation to those who are in Christ." We talk about
condemnation, we're emphasizing, and the Bible is emphasizing the idea
that when God separates the righteous from the wicked, there will be a
pronouncement of condemnation. Jesus will say to some, "Depart from me.
You workers of iniquity, I never knew you." We read of that in Matthews 25,
and for the unbelieving, there's definitely a condemnation. Jesus said, "He
who believes and is baptized will be saved. He who does not believe shall
be condemned." There's the condemnation. Christ is coming in judgment
one day to reap that judgment on those who do not obey God and all those
who do not obey the Gospel of Christ; these shall be punished with every
lasting destruction from the presence of the Lord. Revelation 21:8, the liars,
the cowards, the ungodly, the immoral will be cast in the lake of fire.
There'll be weeping and gnashing of teeth. When we think about no
condemnation, we have to emphasize as well, there's going to be a day of
condemnation, but because of Christ, He's overcome sin. We can
overcome through him.
Revelation 3:21 clearly says, "We can overcome through Christ," and
the good news is if I'm in Christ, I won't have to hear those words, ‘Depart
from me. You worker of iniquity.’ This is the promise He's promised those
who are in Christ, eternal life, 1 John 2:5. "God who cannot lie promised
before time that man would be saved,” Titus 1:2. I'm living with that hope in
my life every day, and so are you that on the Day of Judgment, instead of
hearing those words ‘depart from me,’ if I'm in Christ, here's the alternative.
"Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joys of your Lord."
Thirdly, if I'm in Christ, I have triumph or victory in Christ. I want you
to notice the words of 2 Corinthians 2:14 as it relates to this idea. The
Apostle Paul here says in verse number 14, "Now, thanks be to God who
always leads us in triumph in Christ and through us, diffuses the fragrance
of His knowledge in every place as Christians were led in triumph. "
Where? ‘In Christ.’ You see, for there to be a victory, there's got to be a
battle. For there to be a triumph, there has to be something to triumph over,
and Christians are, indeed, in a battle. Since the days of Genesis 3, there's
been a battle for man's eternal soul when that serpent slithered in and
tempted Adam and Eve, and he's been aggressively trying to tempt men
ever since, 1 Peter 5:8. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 that, "We do
not wage a fleshly battle. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but
mighty in God for pulling down strongholds and arguments and casting
down every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God."
I'm in a spiritual battle right now. I've got to contend earnestly for the
faith, Jude verse 3. I've got to prepare for that battle. I've been given
everything possible to prepare. As Ephesians 6:10-17 teaches we have the
whole armor of God. We've got the captain, perfect captain of our salvation.
If we follow that plan, Christ will save us. Friend, I've got to follow Christ
and be in Him if I'm going to be victorious. Now, do we know that's going to
happen? Absolutely, it can happen in my life and yours. Paul's life
illustrates that. Paul says this in 2 Timothy 4:6, "I’ve fought the good fight.
I’ve finished the race. I've kept the faith. In the future, henceforth, there is
laid up for me a crown of righteousness for those who love the Lord, and
look forward to His coming and it’s not for me only but for all those who
look forward to His appearing.”
Friend, the good news is if I'm a child of God, if I walk in the light and
I am truly in Christ, on that day, there will be victory.1 Corinthians 15:57
says it this way, "Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our
lord Jesus Christ.” We can hear our name called. We can know that we're
right in the side of God, and we can be on the winning side when the battle
does finally come to an end. You see, Hebrews 2:14 teaches the battle's
already been decided. The winner's already been decided. Through God,
through Christ, we can be victorious. ‘He, through death, Jesus, through
death, overcame him who had the power of death and released those who,
all their lifetime, were subject to bondage.’ Jesus has already won. I need
to make sure I'm in Christ, and I am, indeed, on the winning side.
Now, let's talk about another aspect of being in Christ, and this is the
one that we opened with. A wonderful aspect of being in Christ is I get a
Friend, you ever wish you had a second chance on some things? You
ever said or done or acted in a certain way and you say to yourself, "I really
like to have that to do over. I need to do over. I'd like to restart, get a
second chance." Listen again to 2 Corinthians 5:17. "If," here's the
condition, "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things are
passed away. Behold, all has become new." Where's the joy in being in
Christ? I get a do over. I get a second chance. I get to take the eraser and
clean the board and start over. What a wonderful idea that is. Before Christ,
we were dead in sin. Ephesians 2:5, "And you, he made alive, who were
dead in sins and trespasses." That's talking about all of us. All have sinned
and fallen short the glory of God, Romans 3:23. "The wages of that sin is
death," Romans 6:23. Paul says, "Thanks be to God that though you were
the slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to
which you were delivered." Before Christ, we were dead in sin, but as new
creatures, we now have a new life and a new focus. Romans 6:4, "We've
been raised out of the watery grave of baptism to walk in newness of life." I
get a second chance to be faithful to God. “Be faithful until death,”
Revelation 2:10. "I'll give you the crown of life." Paul said it in 1 Corinthians
15:58, we're to, "be steadfast, immovable, and always abounding in the
work of the Lord knowing that our labor is not in vain."
Of all the things in this life, all the mistakes I've made, all the things
that I've said that are wrong and you've said that are wrong, the things that
we've done that are contrary to the will of God, where's the beauty of being
in Christ? Every one of those. Paul said it this way. 2 Corinthians 5:17, "If
anyone's in Christ, old things are passed away." All that's been put behind
us, Paul said, "Forgetting those things which are behind, pressing forward
to those things which are ahead," Philippians 3:10-12.God said, "I'll be
merciful of their sins, their lawless deeds I’ll remember no more," Hebrews
There's another idea that's so wonderful about the benefits of being in
Christ, and it's this. The Bible says, "Every spiritual blessing is in Christ,"
Ephesians 1:3. We can innumerate a host of those. For example, we have
the privilege now of being God's children. 1 John 3:1, the Bible says,
"Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us that we can
be called children of God.” I have the privilege of doing just like Jesus said.
I can look up in Heaven and say, "Our Father who art in Heaven," Matthew
6:9. I can know that God, as loving Father, cares deeply for me. Cast all
your cares upon him. He cares for you, 1 Peter 5:7.
Part of that spiritual blessing not only means I have the privilege of
being a child of God, but I have part of that inheritance of God, that
Heavenly inheritance can be mine. How did Paul look at his true
citizenship? In Philippians 3:21, the Apostle Paul said, "Our citizenship is in
Heaven from which we eagerly wait for the Lord Jesus who will transform
our lowly body into his glorious body." One day, I can hear the words, "Well
done, good and faithful servant," and I can enter in to that glorious home in
Heaven. What a great spiritual blessing that, indeed, is.
Now friend, let me offer such an encouraging one to us today as it
relates to being in Christ. Here's a very encouraging one. Every child of
God who has died faithfully in the Lord will rise and meet the Lord in the air.
The dead in Christ will be with the Lord and we can be reunited with them.
Listen to Revelation 14:13. The Bible says, "Blessed are the dead who die
in the Lord." That's the idea of being in Christ. "Blessed are the dead who
die in the Lord.’Yes,' says the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors
and their works do follow them." 1 Thessalonians 4:16 says that, "We will
not precede them. Rather, if we're alive and remain, we'll be caught up
together with them in the air to meet the Lord in the clouds, and thus, we
shall always be with the Lord." They're going to be with the Lord. We're
going to be with the Lord. The dead in Christ will rise first, and what a joy
that will be! My loved ones and your loved ones who've passed on, God's
going to take care of them. We can be reunited. They have that joy and
hope of being with the Lord in Heaven forever.
As we think about the idea of putting God first and making sure that
we're right, friend, what a joy that is for every child of God!
There's another idea that is as important as it relates to being in Christ, and
it's this: One of the great principles of the Bible that we find is that grace is
found in Christ. I want you to notice with me, Titus 2:11, we talk about the
grace of God that saves, Ephesians 2:8-9, and how true that is, but where's
grace found at? Listen to Titus 2:11. The Bible teaches, "For the grace of
God that brings salvation has appeared to all man." Grace has appeared,
it's here, well, where is it at? John 1:17, "The law came through Moses,"
listen to this now, “but grace and truth are in Christ." Where's grace? In
Christ.2 Timothy 2:10 says salvation is also in Christ. That grace that saves
that grace that brings God's favor toward us is only found in the Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ.
As we think today about every spiritual blessing being in Christ,
friend, we also have to think about and ask the question to ourselves. Am I
Friend, let's think about what the Bible says one's got to do to be in
Christ. Here's what the Bible does not say. The Bible does not say that you
believe only and you're in Christ. The Bible does not say that you say the
sinner's prayer and you get in Christ. The Bible doesn't say you lay your
hand on the TV and you'll get it. No, that's not what it says. How does the
Bible say one gets in Christ?
Remember, again, why this is important. Every spiritual blessing's in
Christ, Ephesians 1:3. Salvation is in Christ, 2 Timothy 2:10. How does
man who is lost in sin get in Christ? Well, let's open our Bible and let's see
for ourselves how the Bible says we get in Christ.
The Bible makes it abundantly clear that we get into Christ by being
baptized into Christ. It's God that saves. It's Christ that saves. It's God's
grace that saves.
What requirement does God give to get into Christ? Notice for
yourself Galatians 3:27. Paul says, "For as many of you as were baptized
into Christ have put on Christ." Question. How does the Bible say,
according to Galatians 3:27, how does a Bible say a person gets into
Christ? “As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourself
with Christ.” 1 Corinthians 12:13, ‘by one spirit, we're baptized into the one
body.’ We get into Christ by being baptized into his body, baptized into His
death and His sacrifice.
Now, friend, I understand that there's a lot of confusion, that there's a
whole lot of people who teach a whole lot of various ideas about salvation
and how to be saved and how to get into Christ. Here's what we want to
ask you to think about. As we think about the benefits of being in Christ and
how important that is, let's just think, what does the Bible say, what does
God's word actually say a person has to do to be saved and to get into
Christ? Not what's popular, not what are men teaching, what does God
The Bible says, first of all, you've got to hear the word of God.
Romans 10:17 says, "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of
God." Now, why is hearing the word of God so important? It's the only way
you get faith, right? Faith comes by hearing, hearing by the word of God.
Hebrews 11:6 says, "Without faith, it's impossible to please God." If it's
impossible to please God without faith, whatever way I get faith is essential,
right? Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. I've got to
hear the message of salvation. “Today, if you will hear his voice, do not
harden your hearts,” the Psalmist said in Psalm 95:7. "He who has ears to
hear," Jesus said, "let him hear," Revelation 2 and 3. Are we willing to listen
to the message of salvation to study our Bible and see if what we're being
told is true? Once I've heard the word of God, the Bible then teaches that I
must believe Jesus is the Son of God.
I want you to think about the example of the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts
8. Here, Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch are traveling down the road. He's
in the chariot teaching the Gospel. He's been talking to him about Christ,
telling him about the Scriptures, about the Messiah. In the distance, this
Ethiopian eunuch sees water, and here's what he says, "See. Here is
water. What hinders me from being baptized?" Do you remember the
hindrance? “If you believe with all your heart, you may,” Acts 8:35-38. To
be saved, a person must believe Jesus is the Son of God. He's the Savior
of the world. You shall call His name Jesus. He'll save His people from their
sins, and that without Him, there's no hope. Jesus said, "I'm the way, the
truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father except by me." There's no
other name you can be saved by. Acts 4:12, "Nor is there salvation in any
other where there's no other name under Heaven given among men by
which we must be saved," and so once I hear the word, I must believe in
Jesus as the Son of God. Then, I must be willing to repent of sin in my life.
The Great Day of Pentecost, when they cried out, "Men and brethren, what
shall we do?" The answer was repent and be baptized, Acts 2:38. Jesus
taught the essentiality of it when He said, "Unless you repent, you'll all,
likewise, perish," Luke 13:3.
What is repentance? It's a turning, a turning from sin and turning to
God. It's a changed way of thinking that leads to a changed way of acting.
Acts 3:19, Peter preached, "Repent and turn that your sins may be blotted
out, that seasons of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord."
God has commanded that all men everywhere must repent, Acts 17:30 and
31. Once I've heard the message, I have believed Jesus is the Son of God.
I am willing to repent and turn to God. I also must confess Christ as Lord
and Savior. Here's what Jesus said. In Matthew 10:32-33, Jesus said, "If
you won't confess me before men, neither will I confess you before the
Father who is in Heaven, but if you will confess me before men, I'll also
confess you before my father who is in Heaven." We need to do just like
the Ethiopian eunuch was told. If you believe with all your heart, you may.
He said, "I believe Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God." Romans
10:10, “With the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the
mouth, confession is made unto salvation.”
Then, friend, the Bible teaches that for a person to get into Christ, for
a person to be saved, the Bible says he must be baptized.
I know there are a lot of folks who say baptism's not essential, and
friend, don't misunderstand me. It's God who saves. It's the blood of Jesus
that saves. It's the sacrifice of Christ, no doubt, that saves. But does the
Bible say one must be baptized to access the death of Christ? Romans 6:3-
4 says, "As many of you as were baptized into Christ ... " there's that word
again, "As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourself
with Christ," or baptized into his death. We're baptized into the death, the
sacrifice, and the blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This is why
Jesus said, "He that believes and is baptized will be saved."
Friend, did Jesus say in your Bible and mine, did Jesus say baptism's
essential to salvation? John 3:5, He absolutely did! Jesus said, "Unless a
man is born of water and the spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God."
What were people told to do in the New Testament when they asked what
they had to do to be saved? Acts 2 was that exact question, "Men and
brethren, what shall we do?" Acts 2:37. They were cut to the heart and they
asked that question. Peter said, "You need to repent and be baptized,
every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your
Baptism is for the remission of sins. Think about the Apostle Paul. In
Acts 9, he is told by the Lord, "You go into the city, it'll be told you what you
must do." Must to do to what? Be saved. He goes in the city, and Ananias
comes to him. "Why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized and wash
away your sins calling on the name of the Lord," Acts 22:16.
Friend, I want you to listen carefully to this one. God could not make it
any clearer if he wanted to. Sometimes, people say to me, "Oh, the Bible
never says you got to be baptized to be saved." Friend, it explicitly does.
1 Peter 3:21 listen to these words, “Baptism does now also save us.”
If God's word says, "Baptism saves," then friend, that's essential, and man
cannot be saved until he obeys what God says.
We're begging, we're pleading with you today to become a Christian.
We hope you'll be encouraged by the benefits we have of being in Christ,
and we hope that every one of us will strive to live in such a way that our
life brings honor and glory to the ultimate King of kings and Lord of lords,
Study Questions for: “Great Bible Lessons: Lesson 4”
1. What does 2 Corinthians 5:17 say about being in Christ?
2. According to Ephesians 1:3, where are spiritual blessings found?
3. According to Romans 3:24, how are we justified?
4. In Revelation 5, who was worthy enough?
5. According to Galatians 1:4, who gave himself for our sins? Why?
6. What does Romans 8:1 say of people who are in Christ?
7. According to Revelation 3:21, how can we overcome?
8. According to 2 Corinthians 2:14, what do we have triumph and victory
9. According to 1 Corinthians 15:58, what are we to always be?
10. What does 1 Peter 3:21 tell us saves us?