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“And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.”


and we are in Him who is true,

To abide in God is to abide in His Son.  We know the incarnate Christ, and we live in fellowship with Him as well.  We live in the reality of who God is when we fellowship with Jesus Christ. 

Jn 1:9, “That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.”

Jn 6:32, “Then Jesus said to them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven.’”

Jn 14:6, “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’”

Jn 15:1, “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.”

in His Son Jesus Christ.

Knowledge of God in the incarnation is knowledge on a personal and intimate basis.  This is our spiritual address.


The spiritual address of every believer is in the same status quo as Jesus Christ. 


Every Christian has status quo in God’s eyes.  When God looks at us, He sees Jesus.  Jesus is perfect righteousness, so we are perfect righteousness.  Jesus has eternal life, so we have eternal life.  Jesus took our condemnation so we will never be condemned. 

Ro 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus…”

1 Co 15:22, “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.”

2 Co 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

Eph 1:3, “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…”

Eph 1:6, “…to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved.”

Eph 2:6, “…and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus…”

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