Kevin Vanhoozer observes the Apostle Paul “uses the phrase ‘in Christ’ (ἐν Χριστῷ) seventy-three times. When we add other ways of expressing union with or participation in Christ (e.g., ‘in him,’ ‘with Christ,’ ‘through Christ’), the number of Pauline instances more than doubles, to 164 instances.” Most importantly, the expression “in Christ” (ἐν Χριστῷ) is not a two-way street. Though Christ dwells in believers, it is believers who dwell in, participate in, and find their whole identity, purpose, and meaning “in Christ” (ἐν Χριστῷ). As Paul affirms, “I no longer live, but Christ lives in me” (Gal 2:20). Upon faith in Christ (ἐν Χριστῷ), one’s entire identity is remade and altogether transformed. Because I was so gripped by this truth when I first believed, I have chosen to title my blog as ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ (in Christ Jesus).
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