Union with Christ is a precious and bottomless well of great theological treasure and sustenance for the soul. A phrase that brings it to the fore is “in Christ” (by Christ, with Christ, from Christ, through Christ). In II Timothy the phrase comes alive in powerful fashion.
2 Tim. 1:1 (ESV)
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus,
Our promise of life is in Christ
2 Tim. 1:9 (ESV)
who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,
His own purpose and grace were given to us in Christ before the world began
2 Tim. 1:13 (ESV)
Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
The faith and love that we are called to exhibit are in Christ and that is why they are in us.
2 Tim. 2:1 (ESV)
You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus,
We find strength by the grace that we possess in Christ.
2 Tim. 2:10 (ESV)
Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
Salvation is in Christ and that is where we want the lost to be.
2 Tim. 3:12 (ESV)
Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,
We live godly lives in Christ
2 Tim. 3:15 (ESV)
and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
We put our faith in Christ and become wise to salvation
All that we have and will become is through Jesus Christ. The magnitude of His work for us in His life, death and resurrection and in His intercession and then in our hope (His return and establishment of the eternal state) is incalculable.
This should send us to our knees in stark wonder. What a travesty that more Christians do not get gripped by the sheer magnificence of this – who can understand it?
Today, reflect upon the fact that every blessing you receive from God, every act of obedience you do for God, every promise you have from God, the hope you have of being welcomed by God, and much more, is because God is satisfied with the work of Christ for you and because you are found in Him. Christ in you, the hope of glory. What a work God has done. It should make us all bow.