9 and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith (Philippians 3).
To be a Christian is to be “in Him,” and that only because of righteousness coming “from God” “through faith.” This is the gospel in three phrases. We could add a fourth phrase, “by grace,” for it is most certainly implied both in “being found” by a Good Shepherd who goes out searching for lost sheep, as well as “the righteousness” that is given to us through no merit of our own.
The Gospel is so simple, even a child can repeat it in only four phrases, yet it is so wondrously deep, it takes a lifetime to begin to fathom it at all. We will always be learning to stand firmer upon our position in Christ, while growing stronger in our faith, while manifesting more and more of His righteousness being worked in us through the sanctification process, while always seeing more of God’s grace in our lives.
Lord, thank You for this wondrous Gospel! Help us This Day both to understand it better for ourselves, as well as to manifest it clearer to others. Amen.