“In Christ” and “Abiding in Christ”
God’s part is to put us
into Christ; our part is
to remain in Him
day by day
Recently I was helped by a word from Witness Lee, that it is God’s responsibility to put us into Christ once-for-all (1 Cor. 1:30), but it is our responsibility is to remain in Him day by day, that is, to “abide” in Him (John 15:4).
This is a simple reminder, but it was very helpful to me and I wanted to pass it along.
To be put into Christ is one thing, and to remain in Christ is another. Being put into Christ does not depend upon us; it is a sovereign act of God. How we thank God that we are in Christ! To abide in Christ, however, does not depend on God; it depends on us. Now that God has put us into Christ, we need to abide in Him.
— Witness Lee, The Experience of Christ, page 208
Book excerpt © Living Stream Ministry, 1978.
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— 3 March 2022 —