“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.“ (Ephesians 2:13)
What does it mean to be “in Christ Jesus”? The Apostle Paul places a special emphasis on this phrase which denotes a saved Christian. Logically speaking, if there is an “in” there is also an “out”. So those unsaved in this context would be “outside of Christ Jesus”.
Despite many churches taking the name of Jesus in their pomp and circumstance, they are always wrong to denote a saved Christian as being “outside” or a state where they were “in Christ” and now “outside of Christ” based on something they did. Scripture is clear, all sinners are outside of Christ until He saved them and placed them in Christ. Once placed in Christ, there is no more being outside because eternal means forever, it is not a temporary condition.
In Eph 2:13, Paul says “you who once were far off”, or “far outside”, have been brought to salvation by the blood of Jesus. They didn’t bring themselves, God brought them, for those in the Pelagain heresy who believe in a choice in order to be saved. If we go back to Eph 2:8-9, this is made clear that “by grace through faith” one has been saved (past tense), not of works.
Upon the new birth, by the regenerating grace of being born-again, God places the saved sinner in His Son Jesus Christ. It is at that point you bear the eternal name of a “Christian”. You have been adopted into God’s family! The “in Christ Jesus” is VERY important to understand from the Gospel, the Good News. It is when your sins have been forgiven, you are now credited or imputed the righteousness of Jesus Christ. It is at this very point, God sees you as perfected as Jesus is perfect. You bear Jesus’ very name in righteousness and perfection now and are now able to live eternally with God. This is a rather profound event! It is not a process as some false religions would have you think!
God declares the sinner SAVED, FORGIVEN, and places them in Jesus as His very family. Only those where this was actually done fully realize the tremendous price Jesus paid on their behalf. And they realize now being in Jesus means much more than a silly hymn sung or a vain declaration of a creed. They know who He is, what He has done, and who they were in God’s sight and who they are now in His sight by Jesus’ redemption. While those outside of Christ will continue to deceive themselves and allow a world religion to blind them.