In

So much to talk about today, but so little time.  So, I will talk just about what the sermon was about today.  Pastor wanted to give us a bit of an introduction to his next series of sermons.  He will be doing a set of talks on four biblical truths to understand and experience.  He gave us a preview with listing the four:

  1. Regeneration
  2. Justification
  3. Sanctification
  4. Glorification

But he started us out with a bit of an English lesson.  What is a preposition? Dictionary.com defines it as follows:

prep·o·si·tion

  http://sp.dictionary.com/dictstatic/d/g/speaker.swf [prep-uh-zish-uhn]  Show IPA

noun Grammar .

any member of a class of words found in many languages that areused before nouns, pronouns, or other substantives to formphrases functioning as modifiers of verbs, nouns, or adjectives,and that typically express a spatial, temporal, or otherrelationship, as in, on, by, to, since.
Pastor made it a bit more succinct and defined it as a modifier of nouns and pronouns.  So, why did he do this?  The word, in.  Just that little word packs a punch and a half, when you think about it.
He discussed how important that little word is and how it really reflects a lot.  He used visual aids.  He had tissue boxes that he had covered, or possibly Mrs. C (our church office manager/secretary) covered them.  Ok, she probably did it. One box said “IN.”  He put that up there and explained that for something to have a relationship with, or to identify with, you have to be ‘in’ that item.  Used his keys and pen by putting them IN the box as an example.  Now, where ever that box goes, the pen and keys go with it, they are IN a relationship with it.
We then moved on to the other boxes.  Those two boxes were marked “In Adam” and “In Christ.”  Let’s take a look at the verse, shall we? 😀
1 Corinthians 15:22:
   22For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

“For as IN Adam all die,” refers to Adam and Eve Adam and is referencing when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit.  We are all born IN Adam, naturally.  This, I think of as, the world.  We are all born of original sin.  We are not innocent.  Because of this, our bodies when we die, turn back to dust, and our souls, should we stay IN Adam, go to Hell.  We are enslaved in sin. And worst off, we don’t have fellowship, a relationship with God.

“… even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”  This refers to Jesus’ sacrifice for us on the cross.  By being IN Christ, in a relationship with Him, being identified with Him, fellowshipping with Him, we will have the everlasting life with Him.  We are born again through Him.

So, how do we get there?  Well, we were born a natural birth into Adam/the world, so to make that jump, it is supernatural.  Many aren’t willing to do this.  They refuse to listen to the Holy Spirit, and it takes the Holy Spirit to fill you with that need to not be all about you, but about others, and more specifically, all about God.  Once you are IN Christ, you can’t go anywhere without Him.  If you are, you are still IN Adam.  Make your choice.

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