The “In Christ” Motif Versus The “In Christ as well as Christ in us” Motif

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The following concept of the gospel was posted on an SDA Internet Bible Study group.  It is no wonder folk hate Christians and are confused about their “gospel,” when it is presented in the self-contradictory, half-gospel manner as follows.  I will insert my comments in this color font below paragraphs that need correction.

The In Christ Motif

(Ephesians 1:3-8) Many years ago, a Swiss scientist invented the quartz watch and offered it to the Association of Swiss Watch Makers. They were horrified at his offer. "What, no springs or internal moving parts?!! Don't you know that we are the experts in watch making and have mastered the trade!! How can you insult us by offering us a watch that has no internal moving parts." They were right at the time. The Swiss were masters at watch making and 80% of the world's market for watches went to Switzerland. Discouraged, this scientist showed this new invention at a trade show in Japan. The Japanese grabbed the idea and as a result today only 10% of the world market for watches goes to Switzerland. The Swiss lost out because they were not willing to make a paradigm shift.

This illustrates one of human's major problems. We do not like changes and will often oppose anything new, including new ideas in worship or theology. That is why traditional Christianity is on the decline today while the nonconformist and the nondenominational churches are flourishing.

Ron’s Commentary:  Scripture gives us the reason why true Christianity is not flourishing and the nondenominational are flourishing:

Mat 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

When it comes to salvation, scripture does not endorse the teaching that the masses eg., the flourishing mega and giga churches are the ones that teach the truth.  Man quite naturally gravitates to the easy way, the broad way. 

Ever since the 3rd Century A.D., the Christian church has assumed that all persons are born eternally lost and only those whom the Bible declares will be saved will make it to heaven. The Reformation of the 16th Century did not change this assumption. As a result, both views of salvation that we discussed in our last study, i.e., Calvinism and Armianism, still maintain these assumptions, even though they disagree on their views on salvation.

But is this the assumption of the New Testament? When one carefully reads the epistles of Paul, with an open mind, one begins to realize that this great apostle, whom God especially set aside to expound the gospel of Jesus Christ, presents the very opposite view:  that God has already redeemed, saved, or reconciled to Himself, the entire human race in Christ and only those who deliberately, persistently, and ultimately resist the convictions of the Holy Spirit will be lost.

Ron’s Commentary.  Scripture makes it plain that only a remnant will be saved because the rest will indeed deliberately, persistently, and ultimately resist the conviction of the Holy Spirit.

This paradigm shift of the gospel is the conclusion I have come to, when considering the central theme of Paul's theology — the In Christ Motif. But the idea that the in Christ motif includes the entire human race is a stumbling block to many Adventists and, therefore, it has come under fire. It is one of the main gospel issues in Adventism today. I would, therefore, like you to put aside your preconceived ideas of salvation that you were raised up with, and consider with me what Paul actually taught about the in Christ motif.

Ron’s Commentary:  You can always readily spot the half-gospel toters.  They always use New Age terminology such as “paradigm shift” in the above paragraph.  Then you know right where they have been focusing their attention.

I agree that the In Christ Motif is a fact of Scripture.  But I hasten to add that there is also a Christ in us Motif that is always entirely ignored by the half-gospel gracers.  They want only the pardon part of the free grace gifts of the Spirit.

Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what [is] the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Rom 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

Rom 8:10 And if Christ [be] in you, the body [is] dead because of sin; but the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness.

Do you begin to see a trend toward very selective use of the Scriptures on the part of the author of this document?

Because of the assumption held by the Christian church, that all persons are born lost, we as a church have applied the in Christ motif only to believers. Since we hold to the Armenian view of the gospel, that salvation in Christ is only provisional, we have been teaching our people that only after we have taken the initiative, by believing in Jesus Christ and repenting of our sins, that God is able to put us into Christ and save us.

Ron’s Commentary:  Notice the word “provisional.”  Is salvation conditional?  Is there a cooperative “striving” on our part?  A striving that is taught by non other than Paul Himself?!  The striving is subjective, while the writer of this document assiduously avoids all but objective, legal, forensic justification (salvation).  The In Christ Motif is more objective.  The Christ in you Motif becomes subjective.  The In Christ Motif peddlers do not want the subjective part of the free gift of grace which is three fold:

·       The free gift of faith given to all men.

·       The free gift of love given to all who “buy,” by surrendering their own will to Christ’s.

·       The free gift of pardon for past sins and mistakes now and in the future, but not for a continuum of willful, known sinning.

·       The free gift of the Holy Spirit indwelling as the empowerment factor and doing all the works that we submit to, lest any man should boast of his own works.

Luk 12:47 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not [himself], neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many [stripes].

Jhn 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or [whether] I speak of myself.

Jhn 9:31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.

Act 22:14 And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth.

Eph 1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

Eph 1:9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

Col 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard [it], do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

Hbr 13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom [be] glory for ever and ever. Amen.

1Jo 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

As mentioned in our last study, this is the main reason why so many Adventists have been robbed of the assurance of salvation. Consequently, many are living subnormal Christian lives or remaining nominal Christians, while others are leaving the church. After all, why remain in a church that is constantly putting you on a guilt trip and offering no peace with God?

Ron’s Commentary:  The Bible offers one proof test of personal assurance of salvation.  Here are the admonitions concerning that proof test of assurance that one loves God and is in relationship with Him by being fully surrendered to His will.  I fully warn you that God is being a legalist in the following requirements (conditions) for knowing that you are in a saved relationship with Him. 

I also fully warn you that you can never keep one commandment on your own strength that will be of any value whatsoever in “earning” salvation.  Christ does it all in and through us when we die to self, lest any man should boast.  If you find yourself violating God’s assurance tests in the following verses, you simply are not born again.  The tests are His, not mine:

1Jo 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

Mat 19:17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? [there is] none good but one, [that is], God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

Rev 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Psa 78:7 That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:

Pro 7:2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.

Ecc 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this [is] the whole [duty] of man.

Dan 9:4 And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;

1Jo 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

1Jo 3:14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not [his] brother abideth in death.

Rom 15:30 Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in [your] prayers to God for me;

2Cr 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

Gal 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

Eph 6:23 Peace [be] to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jam 2:5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?

1Pe 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, [see that ye] love one another with a pure heart fervently:

1Jo 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love [of God], because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down [our] lives for the brethren.

On the other hand, I have observed that, when God's people begin to understand that they were already saved in Christ 2,000 years ago, a tremendous change takes place in their lives. Suddenly they come alive and are on fire for Christ. That is why I believe that it is this truth as it is in Christ that will be the means by which God will turn our church around and use it to lighten this doomed world with the good news of the everlasting gospel.

Ron’s Commentary:  There is one condition to being saved and that is receiving the gold [faith and love] tried in the fire of His obedience in and through us when we by His grace surrender our will to His.  The rich young ruler did not want that condition!  Do you?  Don’t be like the foolish virgins and deceive yourselves.  The heart of man is deceitful above all things and he is doing a good job of deceiving himself with myriad false gospels—every wind blowing.

But some of you may be asking, "What is this in Christ motif you are talking about?" Ever since I came to be the pastor of CMC, I have been harping on this truth. However, there may be some here today, or who will be listening to this tape [or reading this webpage], who do not know what this truth is all about. For their benefit, let me give a brief explanation of this glorious truth which constitutes the very heart of the gospel message, the good news of salvation.

Ron’s Commentary:  The author of this document has obliterated the other half of the “good news of salvation.”  He obviously accepts and teaches only forensic (legal) justification—PARDON ONLY.  He never once mentions the Christ In You Motif—that will restore man back into the image of God, so that when Christ comes, the reality of the following words will accrue:

11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. 12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. 16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. 18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. 20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. 21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

1Jo 2:29 If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.

Eze 3:21 Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous [man], that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.

1Jo 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

According to the apostle Paul, God saved the entire human race in Christ in the same way Satan caused the entire human race to be lost in Adam. That is why he uses Adam as a type or pattern of Christ in Romans 5 [Rom. 5:14b]. Just as sin and death, says Paul, entered the human race through one man, i.e., Adam; so likewise, justification to life came to the entire human race through one man, i.e., Christ, the second Adam [Rom. 5:18; 1 Cor. 15:21, 22].

When God created Adam, He did not create just one individual, but the entire human race in that one man. According to Acts 17:26, the human race is the multiplication of Adam's life. That is why God called him Adam. In Hebrew, the word Adam, used some 510 times in the Bible, means mankind [note Gen. 5:1,2 (in the NKJV, Adam is translated Mankind)].

Therefore, just as God created all humanity in Adam, so likewise, in the incarnation, God united the life of the entire human race to Christ. This is what made the God-man Christ to be the last or 2nd Adam [read 1 Cor. 15:45]. This union did not save us but qualified Christ to be our substitute and legally represent the human race in His work of redemption.

Ron’s Commentary:  Take care to note that the author does not mention Christ as our EXAMPLE, but only our SUBSTITUTE.  The substitute part is another of his half-gospel notions.  Notice also that he admits to the legal office of Christ in being our substitute, but not the legal function of His Holy Spirit in restoring us to the transcript of His Character, His Holy Law.  We are not under the law when we submit to His obedience to it in and through us, but when we are not receptive of the gift of full surrender to His Will, we are under the law and will be so judged.

The entire salvific process is legal, and not just the forensic pardon part.  The only way it would not have been all based on legality is for Christ to have abolished the law, and Paul said that grace does not make void the law.  Christ’s obedience in and through us is involved with the legality of the means He chose to restore us to the image of God.  All the means for achieving this end are a FREE GIFT OF GRACE.

Thus, by His perfect life in our corporate humanity, which met the full demands of the law, and His sacrificial death on the cross, which met the justice of the law, God rewrote the history of mankind in Christ and changed our status from condemnation to justification. This is the good news of the everlasting gospel. [Read 1 Cor. 1:30,31.]

Ron’s Commentary:  The common presumptuous theology of the popular half-gospel is that Christ kept the commandments for us instead of in and through us.  That is the essence of the substitute gospel they teach.  The thus conclude that the behavior of law keeping has nothing to do with salvation—EVEN WHEN IT IS THE HOLY SPIRIT KEEPING THE LAW IN AND THROUGH US.  That is nothing more, and nothing less, than the doctrine of the Nicolaitans which God especially hates, Rev. 3.

"...The doctrine of the Nicolaitans appears to have been a form of antinomianism (see SDACom 7:957). Nicolaitans of the 2d cent. seem to have continued and extended the views of the 1st-cent. adherents, holding to the freedom of the flesh, and teaching that the deeds of the flesh had no effect upon the health of the soul and consequently no relation to salvation." SDA Bible Dictionary, vol. 8 of the Commentaries, p. 770, 771.

The teachers of the doctrine of the Nicolaitans always vehemently deny that they teach it, but it takes little discernment to see that when they clearly say that the deeds, behavior, (works of the flesh), have no effect upon the health of the soul, EVEN WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT IS DOING THE WORKS, that denies the efficacy and very purpose of the Holy Spirit gift to permit Christ to indwell us, and do His Will in and through us.  To say that such works as done by His Holy Spirit, have nothing to do with salvation is pure blasphemy against the Holy Spirit’s office and mission.

Why do men teach the pardon, substitute ONLY gift of grace in lieu of all the gifts of the Spirit?  Because they love sin more than Christ, in the same way that the rich young ruler loved his many possessions more than Christ and following Him.

Does this mean that because Christ actually saved the entire human race at the cross all will go to heaven? The Bible's answer is a definite NO! As I explained in our last study, because we are by nature the children of Adam, all mankind inherit the condemnation he incurred at the Fall. But what God did to us in Christ is His supreme gift to mankind. And like any gift, it cannot be enjoyed if it is rejected or not received [read Rom. 5:17.]

Ron’s Commentary:  Let me illustrate what Ellen White says is God’s crowning good gift to mankind and maybe it will turn lights on for you:

"Christ declared that after his ascension, he would send to his church, as his crowning gift, the Comforter, who was to take his place. This Comforter is the Holy Spirit,--the soul of his life, the efficacy of his church, the light and life of the world. With his Spirit Christ sends a reconciling influence and a power that takes away sin.

In the gift of the Spirit [HIS LIFE--THE SOUL OF HIS LIFE], Jesus gave to man the highest good that heaven could bestow....

The Spirit was given as a regenerating agency, and without this the sacrifice of Christ would have been of no avail....

It is by the Spirit that the heart is made pure. Through the Spirit the believer becomes a partaker of the divine nature. Christ has given his Spirit as a divine power to overcome all hereditary and cultivated tendencies to evil, and to impress his own character upon the church." E.G. White, Review and Herald Articles, May 19, 1904, vol. 5, p. 42.

When the author of this document or anyone else teaches only the substitute gift of Christ’s pardon of sin, they are negating the crowning, highest good that heaven has proffered sinful man—the regenerating agency by which Christ overcomes our evil tendencies in and through us, and thus cultivates His character, His Law, the transcription of His character, in our minds. 
This is the subjective gift of grace that many do not want because they love sin and want to be saved in their sins instead of from them.  But do you want to deceive yourself friend, and be lost on judgment day?

However, the objection I often face regarding this glorious truth as it is in Christ is that Paul does not apply the in Christ motif to all mankind but only to believers who have experienced the new birth. But this creates major problems. If we insist that the in Christ motif applies only to those who believe in Christ, then we have to admit that there is no hope for millions of people who, through no fault of their own, have never heard the gospel message.

Ron’s Commentary:  The author opens up a real can of worms in the above statement.  He implies that Christ will save all who have not heard of Him and thus have not had the opportunity to experience the new birth.  This concept totally denies the power of the Holy Spirit in the earth and its ability to woo and teach men.  It totally denies the biblical teaching that God has given to all men a measure of faith upon which to receive or reject His Holy Spirit’s teachings.  It totally denies the fact that Scripture says that the Holy Spirit can teach us all things.

Rom 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think [of himself] more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Jhn 14:26 But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

1Jo 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

Can men receive the teaching and anointing of the Holy Spirit without the gospel being brought and taught to them by men?  What about Enoch?  What about Noah?  What about Abraham?  What about Moses?  What about:

"A Firmament of Chosen Ones.--Among earth's inhabitants, scattered in every land, there are those who have not bowed the knee to Ball. Like the stars of heaven, which appear only at night, these FAITHFUL ONES will shine forth when darkness covers the earth and gross darkness the people. In heathen Africa, in the Catholic lands of Europe and of South America, in China, in India, in the islands of the sea, and in all the dark corners of the earth, God has in reserve a firmament of CHOSEN ONES that will yet shine forth amidst the darkness, revealing clearly to an apostate world the transforming power of obedience to His law. Even now they are appearing IN EVERY NATION, AMONG EVERY TONGUE AND PEOPLE and in the hour of deepest apostasy, when Satan's supreme effort is made to cause 'all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond,' to receive, under penalty of death, the sign of allegiance to a false rest day, these faithful ones, 'blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke,' will 'shine as light in the world.'" The darker the night, the more brilliantly will they shine." E.G. White, Evangelism,707, and Prophets and Kings, pp. 188, 189.

Better think again friend before you conclude that God is dependent upon fledgling man to deliver His gospel to the world.  He says that He can make the rocks cry it out if necessary.  The main purpose for giving the gospel if for the benefit of the one giving it!  God does not NEED anything:

 "The Lord Jesus will always have a chosen people to serve Him. When the Jewish people rejected Christ, the Prince of life. He took from them the kingdom of God and gave it unto the Gentiles. God will continue to work on this principle with every branch of His work. When a church proves unfaithful to the work of the Lord, whatever their position may be, however high and sacred their calling, the Lord can no longer work with them. Others are then chosen to bear important responsibilities. But, if these in turn do not purify their lives from every wrong action, if they do not establish pure and holy principles in all their borders, then the Lord will grievously afflict and humble them and, unless they repent, will remove them from their place and make them a reproach.

God is not 'worshipped with men's hands, as tough he needed any thing' (Acts 17:25). E. G. White, The Upward Look, 131.


One reason Laodicea remains in her woeful condition is because she thinks that God needs her NO MATTER WHAT SHE DOES, to give the gospel to the world.


Luk 19:40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

Further, if the in Christ motif applies only to believers, then the believer's faith becomes a subtle form of works, since it is because of our faith that we are placed in Christ. But nowhere in Scripture do we find that we are saved because of our faith. Scripture tells us that we are saved through or by faith. Faith is only and instrument or a channel by which we receive the salvation that God has already obtained for the entire human race in Christ.

Ron’s Commentary:  James and Paul both say that we are saved by faith, but we know that faith is one of the gifts of grace lest any man should boast.  So, as important as faith is as a sign that we are in relationship with Christ, it is of no merit to us wherein salvation is concerned.  Abraham’s belief was imputed unto him as righteousness, but lest he should boast, the righteousness was that of Christ’s working in and through Abraham.

Jam 2:24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

We are justified by the faith and works of Christ working in and through us—again, lest any man should have cause for boasting.

Rom 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Rom 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Rom 3:30 Seeing [it is] one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.

2Pe 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

Rev 2:19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last [to be] more than the first.

1Jo 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, [even] our faith.

Rom 4:12 And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which [he had] being [yet] uncircumcised.

Rom 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

 1Pe 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

1Pe 1:9 Receiving the end of your faith, [even] the salvation of [your] souls.

Rom 4:16 Therefore [it is] of faith, that [it might be] by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,

Rom 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

Mar 2:5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.

Luk 5:20 And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.

Luk 7:50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.

Luk 18:42 And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.

Rom 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Rom 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Rom 9:30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.

Mat 9:2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.

Mat 9:22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.

Mat 9:29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

Hbr 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Rom 10:17 So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Rom 11:20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:

Mat 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Mat 21:21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this [which is done] to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.

Hbr 11:31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.

Mat 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier [matters] of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

And what about the lack of faith in the rich young ruler?  Will he be lost because of his lack of faith?

Act 3:16 And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.

Act 11:24 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.

Act 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, [and] exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

Act 15:9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

Act 26:18 To open their eyes, [and] to turn [them] from darkness to light, and [from] the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

Rom 1:5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:

Rom 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, [let us prophesy] according to the proportion of faith;

Rom 9:32 Wherefore? Because [they sought it] not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;

The Jews sought salvation by their own works, rather than by faith in and love for Christ.  However, true faith and love will be fulfilled by the works of Christ dwelling within.

Jam 2:14 What [doth it] profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

Jam 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

Jam 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

Jam 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

Jam 2:22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?

Jam 2:24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

Jam 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Jam 5:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

1Pe 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Again, others condemn the in Christ motif because they conclude that if we obeyed in Christ than we become our own saviours. No way! Just as we are not guilty for Adam's sin, the heresy of Original sin, likewise, we get no credit for Christ's obedience. It is Christ alone who obeyed the law in our place, and died for us. But because we were in Him by God's act, we can by faith legally claim the benefits of what He did. When it comes to our salvation, all the honor and glory goes to Christ alone [read 2 Cor. 5:18; Rom. 1:16,17].

Ron’s Commentary:  Herein (above) is the crux of the writer’s false gospel.  It is taught that Christ obeyed the law in our place, instead of in and through us.  Though this is true for sins past and mistakes in the present and future, this is presumptuous theology for anyone who believes that Christ does not indwell us and work His works in and through us.  We do not become our own saviours because Christ obeys in and through us. We surrender to His Will.

Hbr 13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom [be] glory for ever and ever. Amen.

How is the above verse to be harmonized with the following:

Jhn 9:31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.

If a man truly loves and worships God, he receives the gift of dying to self and he does the will of God because God is living within (God in us) doing His will.

In concluding this most important study, I would like to share with you the evidence that Paul's in Christ statements include the entire human race and that this is what constitutes the real good news of the gospel.


We know that the apostle Paul was called of God to evangelize the Gentile world; but we must keep in mind that, unfortunately, none of Paul's evangelistic sermons preached to the non-Christians or unchurched have been recorded or preserved. All that we have are his epistles to believers.

Ron’s Commentary:  The OBJECTIVE TRUTH – THE IN CHRIST MOTIF, is the author’s heading.  Here again, he deals only in objective—substitution theology of being in Christ, without the SUBJECTIVE TRUTH OF CHIRST IN US, LIVING OUT HIS EXEMPLARY LIFE IN AND THROUGH US.  There is no such thing as being in Christ without Christ being IN US.  If Christ is not IN US, working His works in and through us, we are not in relationship with Him.  Remember His test:  How do we know we love Him and the brethren?  We will love him enough to receive the gift of full surrender to His indwelling presence and working His will in and through us.

In spite of this fact, there is enough evidence in these epistles to show that Paul gave the in Christ motif an objective application that included all of mankind. That is to say, Paul does not limit the in Christ motif only to believers but includes the entire human race that was redeemed in Christ. To Paul, believers are those who are faithful to the truth as it is in Christ. Note, for example, Paul's introduction to the Ephesians [Ephesians 1:1].

Here is my evidence that clearly proves Paul gave the in Christ motif an objective application that included the entire human race:

Paul reminds believers that they were redeemed or chosen in Christ before their conversion [Romans 5:6-10; Ephesians 1:4; 2:5,6]. If we limit these statements only to believers, then we would have to admit that Calvin's doctrine of predestination is correct. But we don't.

Ron’s Commentary:  Of course Christ died for all sinners.  But the writer makes a major error in logic above.  The fact that Christ loved us and died for us while we were yet sinners, has nothing to do with predestination or not and whether or not Calvin was right!  All predestined means as used in Scripture, is that God knew who would accept His free gifts of the Spirit, and they were thus predestined (foreknown) because of His omniscience.  That is all predestined means in the Bible.  Ellen White supports this definition also.

Paul points out to the Corinthian believers that just as "in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive," that is, resurrected to life [1 Corinthians 15: 22]. The point Paul is making in this passage is that Christ is the source of the resurrection for the entire human race. The first resurrection will be experienced by the saints unto eternal life, because they believed in Christ; and the second resurrection will be experienced by the lost unto eternal damnation, because they rejected the truth as it is in Christ.

Paul refers to Christ as the "last Adam" in 1 Corinthians 15:45. As already pointed out, the word "Adam" in Hebrew means mankind. In the majority of cases, this word is not used as a proper name but as a truth, i.e., the solidarity of mankind in Adam. When Christ assumed our corporate humanity at the incarnation He, like the first Adam, became mankind, i.e., the entire human race was placed in HIm. That is why Paul calls Christ the last Adam, i.e., Mankind.

Paul's universal texts indicate an accomplished salvation for the entire human race in Christ. But since this salvation is a gift from God, it is made effective by faith only to the believers in Christ [Romans 5:18; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21; 1 Timothy 2:6; 4:10; Titus 2:11; Hebrews 2:9].

In most cases, Paul's subjective application of the in Christ motive to believers, as well as himself, is based on an objective truth already accomplished in Christ [Galatians 2:20; 6:14; 2 Corinthians 5:14. Ephesians 1:3-6; Colossians 2:20; 2 Timothy 2:11]. Faith does not put us into Christ but rather means abiding in Christ [John 15:4- 8].

Ron’s Commentary:  We are not to go by “most cases or the predominance method.  We are to take all the evidence and interpret so that nothing contradicts.  Then, and then only can we know that we are not in error. 

Finally, the writer mentions a subjective application being involved with salvation, but misapplies and misappropriates the subjective element.  He applies it only to the OBJECTIVE truth that was accomplished at the cross, implying that Christ kept the law FOR us at that time, rather than His victory making it possible for us to partake of His Divine Nature, so that He can WORK IN AND THROUGH US NOW!  Faith means Christ abiding in us and well as us abiding in Him.  There is no abiding in Him unless we surrender to His abiding in us.  Teaching that we ONLY abide in Him, is the teaching that He did it all for us as our substitute WITHOUT doing anything in and through us as our SUBJECTIVE EXAMPLE.  The former is forensic objective justification, and the latter is very subjective.  We are then the subject of His restoration of His character within us.

To Paul, baptism, as a subjective experience, is always "into Christ." By it, the believer is confessing his or her faith obedience to an objective truth that took place some 2,000 years ago in Christ and Him crucified, buried, and resurrected [Galatians 3:27; Romans 6:3-8].

Ron’s Commentary:  The above statement is simply NOT TRUE!  Paul wrote Hebrews, and here is his very SUBJECTIVE teaching (verse below) that involves Christ working His will IN US NOW, making us perfect in every good work—2000 years this side of the Cross!  But you see, the author and most professing Christians prefer that Christ not work in and through them NOW, but only that He did it all for them 2000 years ago.  That is much easier you see!  That way they can be saved in their sins rather than from them!

Hbr 13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom [be] glory for ever and ever. Amen.

All these facts point to the in Christ motif as the very heart of the gospel message Paul preached in his evangelistic efforts. When the good news of salvation is presented in the context of the in Christ motif, men and women will come to the realization that God has already reconciled them to Himself [read Jn. 12:32]. What is left is for them to be reconciled to God through faith in His Son [2 Corinthians 5:18-20]. Incidentally, it is this goodness of God that leads to true repentance and conversion [Romans 2:4.]

Ron’s Commentary:  The very heart of the gospel is Christ IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY.  The heart of the gospel is Christ’s Holy Spirit literally in our hearts (minds).  That was the intent of the New Covenant:

Jer 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

Jer 31:32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day [that] I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:

Jer 31:33 But this [shall be] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Jer 32:40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.

Mal 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

Hbr 8:8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:

Hbr 8:9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.

Hbr 8:10 For this [is] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:

Hbr 8:13 In that he saith, A new [covenant], he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old [is] ready to vanish away.

So the New Covenant is the Holy Spirit dwelling in the hearts and minds of men, doing the Will of God.  That is very legal subjectively, while the justification for sins we can do nothing about is very legal objectively.

Why is it legal subjectively?  Because God said that under the New Covenant He would place HIS LEGAL LAWS in our minds and hearts!  That is legalism any which way you slice it!  Good legalism! Because it is God’s legalism!  We have nothing to do with it but receive it as a free gift!  If I was teaching that we do the works, that would be bad legalism!  But it is ALL LEGALISM, and anyone who says it is not does not understand the basics, the first elementary elements of the gospel and what it involved—the great sacrifice without which Christ’s death on the cross would have been in vain, and would have only sufficed to forgive sin forever.

The great sacrifice I speak of is the the gift of the Divine Nature of Jesus Christ, dwelling within to restore us to the image of God and the transcript of His Holy Character, His Holy Law, which is an absolute necessity to protect one’s every vital interest, where tow or more individual exist.

God bless,

Ron Beaulieu