“Yet a little while and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you” Jn. 14:19-20.
What does it mean to know Jesus is “in” God and you are “in Christ”?
When He says “a little while and the world will see me no more,” He is telling us that even though He will forever make Himself invisible to the natural eyes and minds of the world, you can be made to see Him by faith, and in seeing Him, you will be made to know God’s own view of you. Seeing God’s view of Jesus is key to knowing the Truth.
When he says “Because I live, you will live” He is telling us that to God, His eternal, Resurrection Life has now become your eternal Life. Jesus is declaring to us, just as He is “in” His Father, so also every believer is, to the same measure, “in” Him, and also has the presence of His Spirit within. Jesus Himself is the substance and foundation of Salvation, righteousness, and union with God. His union with the Father secured your union in Christ and He in you. He is the New Covenant. Living in covenant with God is bound together with knowing Jesus and abiding in Him.
I was a believer a long time before I experienced anything of the reality of being in Christ. It was a familiar expression among Christians. I had heard it said of groups of believers in a far away lands, that they were “in Christ.” I had read letters from believers who would sign “in Him”, for the postscript. I had even read the words many times in my Bible; but they had no real meaning in me until I began to be taught by the Lord Himself. Until then, the words “in Christ” were formless and empty. Only the light of His presence unveils this reality,
“I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.”
When Jesus began making Himself known in me, then the scripture came alive. As if my black and white heart had its first taste of color.
It’s all Him.
Where should we begin?
Let us start with the first man, Adam. In seeing what it means to be “in Adam” we can begin to behold a contrast to being “in Christ.”
The Day of Christ exposes Adam to be the “man of sin.” He was not always the man of sin, but he became this, when he “sold” himself to the serpent. But before this, in the beginning, Adam was created in the image of God as a type, or “figure of Him that was to come” Rom. 5:14.
“We are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be One flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the Church.” Eph. 5:30-32.
Here Paul clearly shows the relationship of marriage union in Adam as the first prophecy testifying of the coming of Jesus Christ. When “God created man in His own image, man male and female, ” Gen. 1:27, the image was a specifically of Christ crucified.
“And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him… And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made He a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” Gen. 2:18, 21-24.
So in the beginning, the natural, created life of Adam was created as a testimony of the cross of Christ. Animals were not a suitable helper for Him since they were not an increase of Adam, so were not a suitable testimony of the work of Christ. When it is said, “a man shall leave his father, and shall cleave unto his wife,” it was said to be a promise of how Jesus would leave His Father to be joined in union with His wife, the Church. Notice that in Christ “We are members of His Body, of His flesh, and of His bones,” Eph. 5:30. This saying is the New Testament fulfillment of Adam’s statement, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh” Gen. 2:23. When it was written that, “the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept” it was also a promise of how, Jesus in the cross, was put into the deep sleep of death. When Jesus was put into death, His side was pierced so that the Life which was of Him issued forth to the increase of His eternal life.
“One of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water” Jn. 19:34.
Therefore the image Adam bore in his creation was a testimony of Jesus Christ crucified.
There is a common, misconception in christian religious systems assuming that because God is triune, that the image of God in which Adam was created testified of the Trinity. The thought is that God must have created man with a human spirit, soul, and body. But this is an imagination being projected on the Bible. Adam did not have a spirit to be regenerated. The Word of God says that he was created merely as a “living soul” Gen. 2:7, having a body. The doctrine of a tripartite Adam goes on to say that Adam’s human spirit died in the garden as the result of sin, and the logical conclusion is that it is a human spirit that is “regenerated” when believers are “born of the spirit.” But being “born of God” is not a restoration of the created life of man, but the coming of the presence of God’s own Divine Life, where He was absent. It is the very Holy Spirit of God Who is received through Christ when you are born of the Spirit. In Christ, the Church is an entirely new creation that is made Life of His Life, and Spirit of His Spirit, out from His own Life-blood. In Christ, this “One New Man” Eph. 2:4 is entirely other than the “old man” and completely new. So when it is written,
“The first man Adam was made a living soul, but the Last Adam a Life giving Spirit” 1Cor. 15:45,
Paul is declaring that the judgement of Christ is the division between the first mankind and Jesus Christ, “the Last Adam.” So we are told Adam did not have the Spirit but in Christ alone is a sanctification of the Spirit, soul, and body.
Relationship with God has always been one of abiding and faith.
In the first temptation Adam, already created in the image and likeness of God, was being tempted to reject his rest, and to reject God’s Word. And because of unbelief in God’s view of the likeness of His Son, they were provoked to do something to be “like God,” and in doing so he rejected the likeness of Christ crucified and so the fruit of unbelief became sin. And so death entered the world through the man of sin.
Why is Jesus called “the Last Adam”?
Because the cross of Christ was the end of Adam both head and body. In the Bible God at times shows us His corporate view of all mankind. Just as a child is born head first, and then afterward the feet appear, God’s Word has shown all humanity as a single man spanning history.
For example in the second chapter of the book of Daniel, God showed Nebuchadnezzar’s dream to be the statue of a man. And in that vision Adam is seen as an idol. The head represented the king of Babylon and the different metals represented other kingdoms that followed in time until the days of Jesus when the stone was cut without hands, broke in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold when it struck the image at the feet. The timeline shows when the coming of the Lord would be fulfilled. It also shows the head as the beginning of the man and the heel is the last or end of of that man. God communicated the same corporate timeline of man when He cursed the serpent in the garden. God declared Adam as a corporate humanity, saying that the serpent was “the head” of the old man. Jesus was the end of that man. Jesus as “the heal” is the “Last Adam” because the work of the cross would destroy the old man.
“YHWH God says to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this, cursed are you above all the cattle, and above every beast of the field: on your belly you go, and dust you eat, all the days of your life;
and I put hatred between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He crushes you—the head, and you strike Him—the heel.’” Gen. 3:14-15. English Literal Translation.
Young Literal also reads: “enmity I put between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; he doth bruise thee–the head, and thou dost bruise him–the heel.’” Gen. 3:15 YLT.
God is describing the first humanity as one serpent. God’s purpose for this man is the cross. And Jesus understood the will of God perfectly.
“As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:That whosoever believes into Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” Jn. 3:14-15
“You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him” Jn. 8:44.
”Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me. This He said, signifying what death He should die.” Jn. 12:31-33.
When the work of Christ unveiled we see that “all men” died on the cross according to God’s view: The Apostles wrote from this same unveiled view:
“The love of Christ constrains us; because we thus judge, that if One died for all, then were all dead” 2 Cor 5:14.
The cross has affected us all in a mutual and corporate way. And though we can accept this as a teaching or a message, we don’t really know it until we see this in His appearing.
When the veil remains over the heart that soul can only see themselves alone in his walk thru this world. In ignorance, the soul will war through a world struggling to attain to a relationship of rest and favor that Jesus has already brought them into. Knowing nothing of Jesus Himself as the secret place of the Most High God we assume God will love us if we change instead of first abiding in His love and being changed by Him. Underestimating the power of the blood of Christ as nothing more than a covering for his past sins and wrongdoing. This place of peace rest full provision and victory is within God’s Son Jesus Christ. And though it is good to know and believe the statements such as “because of Him you are in Christ Jesus” 1 Cor. 1:30. The Father’s intention is for your own heart to made an eternal witness of “Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” Eph. 2:4.
“Already you are clean because the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you” Jn. 15:3-4.
“‘If you abide in My word, then are you my disciples in reality; And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will make you free’.
They answered Him, ‘of Abraham we are, and have never been in slavery to any man: how can you say, ‘you will be made free’?
Jesus answered them, ‘truly, truly, I say unto you, everyone committing sin is the servant of sin.
And the servant does not abide in the house to the age: but the Son abides to the age. Therefore if the Son shall make you free, in reality you are free’” Jn. 8:32-36 English Literal Translation.