IN CHRIST ALONE IS OUR SALVATION – 1 Corinthians 1


He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom, our righteousness and sanctification and redemption; therefore, as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast of the Lord.”

1 Corinthians 1:30‭-‬31 RSV

In Christ alone is there salvation; and in Christ the saved possess all things. Behold here the only true ground of justification in the eyes of God.

Jesus is perfect, holy, undefiled, righteous in the superlative degree.

In Christ and as Christ and as fully identified with him, it is true also that Christians are holy, righteous, etc.

It is not their righteousness, of course, in the sense that they achieved it; but it is theirs in the sense that Christ achieved it and they “are Christ,” being members of his spiritual body.

Satan, death and hell have no claim on the one who is “IN CHRIST!”

Why?

Because what is true of the head is true of the entire body.

Our head, which is Christ, having paid the penalty of death for sin, the whole spiritual body (the church) has likewise paid it in the person of Christ.

That is what is meant by being dead to sin by the body of Christ (Romans 6:11).

So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Romans 6:11 RSV

There are four things mentioned by Paul in 1 Corinthians 1, which belong to the Christian by virtue of his being “IN CHRIST.”


Wisdom of God

In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:3).

that their hearts may be encouraged as they are knit together in love, to have all the riches of assured understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, of Christ, in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Colossians 2:2‭-‬3 RSV

The person “in Christ,” by reason of having believed and having been baptized “into Christ” is thus identified with Christ, being a part of his spiritual body; and thus, as Christ he has become the possessor of the wisdom of God.

Righteousness

All that has been said of wisdom in the above paragraph pertains with equal force to righteousness, which may be acquired by the believer in no other way except through being baptized into Christ.

The notion that this righteousness is forensic, that is, an imputed righteousness, bestowed on the grounds of faith alone, is incorrect.

It is not an imputed, forensic, bestowed righteousness in any sense whatever. It is a pure, perfect, genuine, and ACTUAL righteousness performed and achieved by Jesus Christ our Lord.

When the believer becomes a part of the Lord’s spiritual body, that true righteousness belongs to him as being “in Christ,” “of Christ,” and in fact part of the spiritual body which “is Christ.”

When does one become a part of that spiritual body which is Christ?

“IN ONE SPIRIT WERE WE ALL BAPTIZED INTO ONE BODY” (1 Corinthians 12:13), as Paul declared a little later in this same epistle.

Sanctification

The person who is “in Christ” is sanctified, set apart for spiritual service, and through spiritual growth endowed with whatever may be needed for development in the Christian life.

Redemption

Significantly, the salvation of the soul is a reality only for those “in Christ.”

Although Paul gave only an abbreviated list of four blessings in this verse, as resulting from the believer’s being “in Christ,” it must be construed as merely a token list, despite the all-importance of the four.

In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul stated that “every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” is “in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3).

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.

Ephesians 1:3‭-‬4 RSV

It is not fair to leave this brief discussion of the salvation (inclusive of all spiritual blessings) which is “in Christ,” without pointing out for those who truly desire to know the truth that in all the Holy Scriptures there is no other way revealed by which a believer might acquire the status of being “in Christ,” EXCEPT THROUGH BEING BAPTIZED “INTO him” (Romans 6:3; Galatians 3:27; 1 Corinthians 12:13).

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

Romans 6:3 RSV

For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

Galatians 3:27 RSV

For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:13 RSV

Could there be any wonder, therefore, that Jesus himself said:

HE THAT BELIEVETH AND IS BAPTIZED SHALL BE SAVED

(Mark 16:16)

In the concluding sentence in the paragraph, Paul quoted Jeremiah 9:23, where the meaning is that people should glory in God.

Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches;

Jeremiah 9:23 RSV

By his application of this text to Jesus Christ, he testified to the deity and godhead of our Lord Jesus Christ. No higher view could be taken of the Person of Christ.

The Names And Titles Of Jesus Christ
My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.

1 Corinthians 16:24 RSV

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