Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 15, 2019

“You are the salt of the earth” – “You are the light of the world” – “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body”

God places us in Christ’s body (the one true invisible church) and positions us with gifts and roles to cause us to grow and help others grow.  

For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 12:13.

“But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired.”  1 Corinthians 12:18.

“There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling;  one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.

But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.  …

And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;  until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.”  Ephesians 4:4-7 and 11-13.

God is well-pleased in Christ, and God is well-pleased that we are in Christ.

“In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.  Immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens opening, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him;  and a voice came out of the heavens:  “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.”  Mark 1:9-11.

Scripture often refers to Christians as “in Christ”.  And, it should make sense from this Scripture that because God is well-pleased in Christ, He is also well-pleased that we are in Christ.

Other doctrine clings to man’s alleged free-will and independence. 

But, Reformed Doctrine clings to God’s will that we are in Christ.

Other doctrine strives to work for Christ.

But, Reformed Doctrine thrives on God’s work for us. 

Here are a few Scriptures about our being in Christ and our blessings resulting therefrom.

“But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.” 1 Corinthians 1:30-31.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,”  Ephesians 1:3.

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us.  …”  Ephesians 1:7-8.

“…  In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,”  Ephesians 1:10-11.

In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.”  Ephesians 1:13-14.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”  Ephesians 2:4-7.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:10.

You are the salt of the earth;  but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again?  It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.”  Matthew 5:13.

Salt is sprinkled here and there and penetrates and preserves and gives flavor.  We do not keep salt in the container.

You are the light of the world.  A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;  nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.  Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.  Matthew 5:14-16.

We also do not put light under the basket, but on a lampstand, so the light may go far and wide and penetrate darkness.

In conclusion, too often, we only view ourselves in one church or another church.  But, God views us “in Christ”.  According to God’s will, some stay in one church just about their whole life.  But, also according to God’s will, God moves others around to different churches.  God places us in the body of Christ (the one true invisible church) exactly were He wants to do so.  The Holy Spirit guides us into all the truth.  We are used by God as salt and light which penetrates and enlightens and preserves and gives the flavor and light of Christ.


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