A Short Study of 1st Corinthians 1:30-31

“But of Him are we IN CHRIST JESUS, who of God is made unto us WISDOM, and RIGHTEOUSNESS, and SANCTIFICATION, and REDEMPTION; that according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”
(1st Corinthians 1:30-31)


If I reason from what I am in myself, instead of from what I am in Christ, I must of necessity arrive at a wrong conclusion. The moment the sinner comes to Christ and believes on Him, that moment he is taken completely off the ground of nature, he loses his old legal standing and all its belongings, and he is looked at as IN CHRIST. He is no longer “in the flesh,” but he is “in the Spirit” (Romans 8:9). God only sees him in CHRIST and as CHRIST; he becomes one with Him forever (1 Corinthians 1:30).

This is the absolute standing, the settled and eternal position of the very weakest babe in the family of God. There is but one standing for every child of God, every member of Christ – IN CHRIST! Their knowledge, experience, power, gifts, and intelligence may differ; but their standing is one! Whatever of righteousness or sanctification they possess, they owe it all to their being IN CHRIST. Consequently, if they do not have a perfect sanctification, neither do they have a perfect righteousness. The Word does not say that we have a perfect righteousness and a measure of sanctification. God does nothing by halves! There is no such thing as a half justification or a half sanctification.


Scott Richardson

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