Being in Christ and Living in Christ (Wed. Sept. 22)

The word of the day is “in.”  We often use the expression “in Christ” or “in the Name of Christ.”  What do we mean?  Today in our reading of 2 Corinthians 13:3-14, Paul uses the term “in” in two senses.  He writes, “since you seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, who is not weak toward you, but mighty in you” (OSB vs. 3).  He also says, “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith.  Test yourselves.  Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you– unless indeed you are disqualified” (OSB vs. 5)?  Today we will analyze today’s passage according to the meaning of these two uses.  Our study will help us expand our…

Glorified in the Saints and In Us (Tues. Nov. 24)

Once again, the word of the day is “glorified.”  In our reading of 2 Thessalonians 1:10-2:2, St. Paul writes that he prays constantly for his congregation as they face certain trials that he does not name.  His  concern is not on what the Thessalonians should do to prevail in their troubles. His focus is on God’s work in them.  Thus, he prays “that the name of Christ may be glorified in you and you in Him according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ” (vs. 12). Paul has just promised that when Christ returns in glory, he will be “glorified in his saints” (vs. 10).  But now he applies that thought to those all who believe…