A quick word-search revealed that the words in Christ appear 32 times in Ephesians, and Philippians and Colossians are not far behind, Romans contains even more and the Corinthian letters are up there too.
Granted it was a very crude search and includes sentences where the words in and Christ happen to appear in the same phrase – but, none-the-less it is certainly a major theme that runs through Paul’s letters.
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To God’s holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus…
…who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
The Jews were the first to put their hope in Christ, the Gentiles were included in Christ, we are marked in him with the Holy Spirit, we have gone from being dead in our sins to raised up and seated with him in the heavenly realms in Christ.
In Colossians Paul describes our new lives as hidden with Christ in God.
WOW! What a place to be, the source of all our hope, all our life, all our blessing, all our happiness and we are there, IN HIM.
Which begs the question – why do I constantly outsource my hope and happiness to the world?
I continually order in things to keep me going, to look forward to, to make things bearable, to delight others with.
Good stuff, God-given stuff, but not up to the task I burden them with.
Thank you gracious, generous, wonderful Father, from whom all good thing come, for the many good things you give me to enjoy and share to your glory. Please help me to sit loosely with theses things, clinging rather to the hope I have in your Son, in his name I pray, Amen.