Thoughts on Abiding “In Christ”

“Be strong in the Lord...”

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Gal 2: 20: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me....”

Col 1: 11: “Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power....”

Rom 8: 2: “The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”

Eph 6: 10: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”

1 John 5: 11, 12: “God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life, and he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”

Relative to Overcoming...

Ellen White
“By faith you became Christ’s and by faith you are to grow up in Him,—by giving and taking. You are to give all,—your heart, your will, your service,—give yourself to Him to obey all His requirements; and you must take all,—Christ, the fullness of all blessing, to abide in your heart, to be your strength, your righteousness, your everlasting helper,—to give you power to obey.” Ellen White, Steps to Christ (Pacific Press: Angwin, CA), p 70

Andrew Murray
“Holiness is not something we bring to God or do for Him. Holiness is what there is of God in us. God has made us His own in redemption, that He might make Himself our own in sanctification.” Murray, Holy In Christ (Bethany Fellowship: Minneapolis) p 51

Charles Trumbull
What I mean is this: I had always known that Christ was my Saviour; but I had looked upon Him as an external Saviour, one who did a saving work for me from outside, as it were; one who was ready to come close alongside and stay by me, helping me in all that I needed, giving me power and strength and salvation. But now I knew something better than that. At last I realized that Jesus Christ was actually and literally within me; and even more than that: that He had constituted Himself my very life, taking me into union with Himself—my body, mind, and spirit—while I still had my own identity and free will and full moral responsibility. Was not this better than having Him as a helper, or even than having Him as an external Saviour: to have Him, Jesus Christ, God the Son, as my own very life? It meant that I need never again ask Him to help me as though He were one and I another; but rather simply to do His work, His will, in me, and with me, and through me. My body was His, my mind His, my will His, my spirit His; and not merely His, but literally a part of Him; what He asked me to recognize was, “I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I that live, but Christ liveth in me.” Jesus Christ had constituted himself my life—not as a figure of speech, remember, but as a literal, actual fact, as literal as the fact that a certain tree has been made into this desk on which my hand rests. For “your bodies are members of Christ”; and “ye are the body of Christ.” Charles Trumbull, Victory in Christ (Copyright assigned to American Keswick, now published by Christian Literature Crusade: Fort Washington, PA, 1969) pp 26, 27

Mead MacGuire
“In Christ is life. Possessing Christ, the believer has eternal life; but without Him there is no life. This is equally true of every other blessing God.... The Father has gathered up all these blessings of infinite love and bestowed them upon us in the precious gift of His Son.” Mead MacGuire The Life of Victory (Review & Herald: Washington DC) p 89

Evans Hopkins
“It is (the believer’s) privilege to enter into fellowship with Christ, and in Him to abide. And there in Him who is our life, our purity, and our power—in Him whose spirit can penetrate into every part of our being, the believer is no longer carnal, but spiritual; no longer overcome by sin and brought into captivity, but set free from the law of sin and death, and preserved in a condition of deliverance.” Evans Hopkins, The Law of Liberty in the Spiritual Life, (Christian Literature Crusade: Fort Washington, PA 1991) p 53

“Originally God put the power into the hands of man, but he lost it at the Fall. Now God has put the power in Christ. He does not parcel it out to each one separately, but He has bestowed it in Christ; He has laid it up in His own Son. There it is eternally safe, and there it is for all the members of His body. But while it is there—and there for us!—we cannot have it apart from vital union with Him.” Evans Hopkins, The Law of Liberty in the Spiritual Life, (Christian Literature Crusade: Fort Washington, PA 1991) p 123

Relative to Prayer...

Hudson Taylor
“It is a wonderful thing to be really one with a risen and exalted Saviour, to be a member of Christ! Think what it involves. Can Christ be rich and I poor? Can your right hand be rich and your left poor? Or your head be well fed while your body starves? Again, think of its bearing on prayer. Could a bank clerk say to a customer, ‘It was only your hand, not you that wrote that check’; or ‘I cannot pay this sum to your hand, but only to yourself’? No more can your prayers or mine be discredited if offered in the name of Jesus (i.e., not for the sake of Jesus merely, but on the ground that we are His; His members) so long as we keep within the limits of Christ’s credit—a tolerably wide limit! If we ask for anything unscriptural, or not in accordance with the will of God, Christ Himself could not do that. But ‘if we ask anything according to his will...we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” Hudson Taylor quoted by Mrs. Howard Taylor, Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret (Moody Press: Chicago), p 162

Relative to Entering This Experience...

Ellen White
“When the soul surrenders itself to Christ, a new power takes possession of the new heart. A change is wrought which man can never accomplish for himself. It is a supernatural work, bringing a supernatural element into human nature. The soul that is yielded to Christ becomes His own fortress, which He holds in a revolted world, and He intends that no authority shall be known in it but His own. A soul thus kept in possession by the heavenly agencies is impregnable to the assaults of Satan.” Ellen White, The Desire of Ages (Pacific Press: Mountain View, CA, 1940) p 324

Evans Hopkins
“It is not by straining and struggling that this blessed condition is brought about.... Just lie quietly before Him. Open all the avenues of your being, and let Him come in and take possession of every chamber. Especially give Him your heart.... Yield all up to Him, and the Lord will enter, bringing with Him all the riches of His grace and glory, turning your life of duty into a life of liberty and love.” Evans Hopkins, The Law of Liberty in the Spiritual Life, (Christian Literature Crusade: Fort Washington, PA 1991) p 87

Mead MacGuire
“Thousands of people have surrendered all to the Lord as fully as they knew how, and yet in perplexity because of the consciousness of some great deficiency, they cry, like the young man who came to Christ, ‘What lack I yet?’ Here the difficulty is clearly pointed out. Abiding in Christ is the result of ‘giving and taking.’ They may have given all with honest and sincere hearts, but they have not taken all.” Mead MacGuire The Life of Victory (Review & Herald: Washington DC) pp 124, 125

F B Meyer
“You have been praying long enough. I want you to leave off praying in a sense, and to begin taking. There is all the difference in the world between praying for Christ and taking Christ.” F B Meyer, The Christ Life For Your Life, (Christian Literature Crusade: Fort Washington, PA, ) p 59

Theodore Monod
“Being, then, accepted of Him, boldly claim and take all that belongs to Him, and call it yours.... Make yourself at home with God. In Christ all that He has is yours. Take it; that is to say, use it. Is it strength that you need? Dare to say, and rejoice to say, ‘The strength of Christ is mine.’ Put forth that strength in your weakness , and you will find it to be yours indeed.” Theodore Monod, “With The Whole Heart”, (A sermon found in Keswick’s Authentic Voice, Marshall, Morgan and Scott, LTD: London, 1959) p 282

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All quotations are taken from books in the public domain, or used with permission. All rights reserved. Many of these books are available at your local Christian bookstore, or online at www.ccel.org. Compiled by Dan Augsburger (path2prayer@yahoo.com) 5/17/02