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What "are in christ" means in romans.8:1?

How do I get to be in Christ so that I would have no condemnation?

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closed as too broad by Peter Turner, fredsbend, Mawia, Narnian, Dan Oct 31 '13 at 15:32

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As I said on your other Romans 8:1 question, I think you need to specify a doctrinal perspective in order for a question like this to be answerable. You might also like to check through some of our past questions in soteriology to make sure your specific question, whatever it turns out to be, hasn't been answered already. – James T Oct 13 '13 at 20:48
Can just anyone first point out in his answer that what doctrinal perspective they represent? I mean that if someone takes from the perspective of catholic doctrine on "in Christ" and another takes perspective of Protestant doctrine on "in Christ"? – alvoutila Oct 14 '13 at 8:18
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"How do I get to be in Christ so that I would have no condemnation?" According to Romans 6:11, "Likewise you also reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord." It is obtained practically through reckoning it so by faith, as this verse says.

We accept Jesus by faith as the one who saves us from our sins (Rom. 5:1). To be practically saved from its effects in our lives, we go the next step, as outlined in Romans 6. We see that as Jesus was buried and rose again, we too (our old nature) had been buried and our (new) nature is risen with Him, separate from the old nature buried below (see Rom. 6:1-10).

This is a reckoning faith in that the Bible says this process is true and ready to be put into action, and when we reckon it is so and practice it, then we enjoy its benefits.

To take this practically, when temptation arises, we surrender our mind and body to serve Christ instead of the motions of the flesh, and start serving Him (Rom. 6:11-14). With this reckoning, to use Paul's word, all the passages of "in Christ" become available to us, including the ones you seek, righteousness in Christ and no condemnation to those in Christ, Rom. 8:1.

But if we continue in the flesh and not die to it, then we will know self-condemnation or self-righteousness. Paul counted everything he formerly trusted in as loss so that he may have the righteousness of Christ (Phil. 3:8-9). He didn't think it enough to believe in Jesus for salvation once long ago. To get the righteousness that receives a reward, all his trust needed to be in Christ. He "died to sin" in that he ceased trusting in old forms of righteousness.

He had obtained positional righteousness without the law by faith alone. Now through reckoning himself dead to sin alive to God he was reaching out to practical righteousness that will be rewarded at the judgment seat. It is this latter point I am addressing in this answer, living in practical righteousness.

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How do you define reckoning faith? – alvoutila Oct 14 '13 at 8:50
@laovultai I take it from the Greek of "reckon," which means in part to put to the account of. So God has said that we are dead to sin; we are to reckon that to our bank account and live off of it by faith. – Steve Oct 15 '13 at 1:35
So in short, do you mean that by this reckoning faith you get to be in Christ? How does this kind of faith differs from the faith that is defined in romans.10:17 and eph.2:8? – alvoutila Oct 16 '13 at 9:17
@laovultai Your questions were good! – Steve Oct 17 '13 at 4:03
@laovultai I did not discuss how we come to be in Christ. When you accept Christ and His offer of salvation, then you are placed in Christ. The problem is that people continue to live in the flesh, not recognizing the blessings they have in Christ until later, which are activated by faith, not fleshly efforts. – Steve Feb 10 '14 at 13:58

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