'In Christ' in the Bible
For I am not ashamed of the Good News; it is the power of God which brings Salvation to every one who believes in Christ, to the Jew first, but also to the Greek.
God makes people righteous through their active faith in Jesus Christ. God does this to all who believe in Christ, because there is no difference at all.
justified freely by his grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus:
For we conclude that a person is made right with God by faith [in Christ], apart from [obedience to] the requirements of a law [or, the law of Moses, See verse 20].
since there is [only] one God, who makes the circumcised ones [i.e., the Jews] right with Him by faith [in Christ] and the uncircumcised ones [i.e., the Gentiles] through faith [in Christ].
Do we then [intend to] destroy law [observance] because faith [in Christ is now required]? Certainly not! But [instead], we uphold [the validity of] law.
But God gives proof of His love to us in Christ's dying for us while we were still sinners.
Do you not know that as many of us as were baptized in Christ were baptized in his death?
In the same way, consider yourselves dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal "life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ, Jesus, has made me free from the law of sin and death.
and if children, then heirs too--heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ; if indeed we are sharers in Christ's sufferings, in order that we may also be sharers in His glory.
nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I speak the truth in Christ-I am not lying; my conscience is testifying to me with the Holy Spirit-
What shall we say then? [Simply this]: That the Gentiles, who did not attempt to become right with God [by how they lived] were made right with God, and this was the result of their faith [in Christ].
But the [means of] being made right with God by faith [in Christ] is described in the Scripture this way [Deut. 30:12-13], "Do not ask yourself, 'Who will go up into heaven?'" (in order to bring Christ down [to earth]).
But what does the Scripture say [about being made right with God]? [Deut. 30:14 says], "The message of God is near you [i.e., it is not difficult to comprehend]. It is on your lips and in your heart." This is the message of faith [in Christ] which we [apostles] preach.
For a person believes [in Christ] with his heart in order to be made right with God, and he makes a profession with his lips in order to be saved.
For [Joel 2:32 says], "Every person who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." [i.e., whoever appeals to God through obedient faith in Christ]
True, but they [i.e., the Jews] were [really] broken off because they did not believe [in Christ], and you [Gentiles] remain [in God's favor] because you do believe [in Him]. So, do not become arrogant [about it], but be fearful.
And these Jews also will be grafted [back] in [to the olive tree] if they do not continue in their lack of faith [in Christ], because God is able to graft them back in again.
so we, though many, form one body in Christ, and each of us is a member of it in common with the rest.
Now this [is another reason for observing the law of love]: You should know that it is about time to wake up out of your [spiritual] sleep, because [the day of our final] salvation is now nearer to us than when we first believed [in Christ].
And may God, the giver of this patience and this encouragement, grant you to be united in sympathy in Christ,
May God, [the source] of hope, fill you with complete joy and peace as you believe [in Christ], so that you may have an abundance of hope in the power of the Holy Spirit.
In Christ Jesus, then, I have legitimate reason to glory (exult) in my work for God [in what through Christ Jesus I have accomplished concerning the things of God].
Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus:
but by all the churches among the Gentiles. Salute likewise the church that meets in their home. Salute Epaenetus, my dearly beloved, the first man in Roman Asia to believe in Christ.
Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellow-prisoners, who are noted among the apostles, who, also, were in Christ before me.
Salute Amplias my beloved in the Lord. Salute Urbanus, our fellow-laborer in Christ,
Salute Urbanus, our fellow-worker in Christ; and Stachys, my beloved.
Salute Apelles, approved in Christ. Salute those who belong to Aristobulus.