The Interchangeable Triad
I in them, and thou in me…
We are in him…
I John 5:20
God is in Christ, Christ is in us who believe, we are in Christ-glorious identification that overflows all our figures to describe it! The Head and the Body, the Vine and the Branches-we are partakers of the Divine Nature.
Our poor little word images cannot say it. Sometimes we try with illustrations from daily life. The iron is in the fire, we say; then the iron grows red and we say the fire is in the iron. But all such efforts fall short.
“Your life is hid with Christ in God”-that is one way of looking at it. Those two precious words, “In Christ,” lie scattered like jewels all over the New Testament. “Christ liveth in me,” “Christ in you the hope of glory” – that is another facet of this gem. And what a red-letter day it has been for many a soul when “Christ liveth in me” gets translated from theology into reality!
Anyway you look at it, this Interchangeable Triad is something to shout about. “Thou in me, I in them, we….in him.”