What is meant by being in Christ?

brightfame52

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It didn't yet exist
Yet God chose it to be that way when it did
Thats like saying Christ didn't exist before the foundation of the world ! So that's error. The Church with its members existed in Christ , He chose them in Him, you need to take that up with God. Eph 1:4
 

TomFL

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Thats like saying Christ didn't exist before the foundation of the world ! So that's error. The Church with its members existed in Christ , He chose them in Him, you need to take that up with God. Eph 1:4
Sorry that is simply untrue Christ is eternal. The church was formed in time and could only exist in God's foreknowledge
 

brightfame52

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The church is one with Christ in time

as it was not eternal
And before time. Grace was given the Church in Christ Jesus before the world began 2 Tim 1:9

9 who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
 

TomFL

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And before time. Grace was given the Church in Christ Jesus before the world began 2 Tim 1:9

9 who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
Again collectively in the church

Individual men become partaker in association with the church - the body of Christ
 

TomFL

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Strawman, The Church is a collection of Individuals !
No. scripture

Men enter into the church upon faith

Eph. 1:13 —KJV
“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,”
 

Theo1689

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No. scripture

Men enter into the church upon faith

Eph. 1:13 —KJV
“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,”

Eph. 1:11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,

Notice that WE "have been predestinated".
It's not our "inheritance" that has been predestinated, or our future expectations which have been predestinated.
WE have been predestinated.

Predestinated according to what?
According to our "faith"? Nope.
According to our "foreseen faith"? Nope.
According to GOD'S purpose.

And the purpose of predestination is to what?
To work all things according to how we choose to believe? Nope.
According to the counsel of GOD's will.

Eph. 1:12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.

Our hope in Christ is for praising HIS glory.
That is why we were "predestined", NOT "because we chose to have faith".

Eph. 1:13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,

So when we heard the word of truth, we believed (that faith being GIVEN to us as a GIFT of God, Eph. 2:8, Phil. 1:29, Rom. 12:3, 2 Pet. 1:1), we were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.

There's absolutely NOTHING here that goes against Reformed (ie. Biblical) theology.

1) We were predestined;
2) We heard the gospel;
3) We hoped/believed;
4) We were sealed.
 

brightfame52

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No. scripture

Men enter into the church upon faith

Eph. 1:13 —KJV
“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,”
lol, its a strawman because a collection of people is nothing less than a collection of individuals. A collection of individuals were Chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world[His Body the Church]. And actually those in Eph 1 13 had been part of that collection. In fact, thats the only ones who shall believe the Gospel of their Salvation, the Chosen in Christ before the foundation, both jew and gentiles !
 

brightfame52

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Theo

Eph. 1:13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,

So when we heard the word of truth, we believed (that faith being GIVEN to us as a GIFT of God, Eph. 2:8, Phil. 1:29, Rom. 12:3, 2 Pet. 1:1), we were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.

Exactly, the elect are sealed after believing the truth, that implies ownership and security from apostacy from the truth. Thats why after conversion by the Gospel, Jesus could say Matt 24

Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
 

TomFL

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Eph. 1:11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,

Notice that WE "have been predestinated".
It's not our "inheritance" that has been predestinated, or our future expectations which have been predestinated.
WE have been predestinated.

Predestinated according to what?
According to our "faith"? Nope.
According to our "foreseen faith"? Nope.
According to GOD'S purpose.

And the purpose of predestination is to what?
To work all things according to how we choose to believe? Nope.
According to the counsel of GOD's will.

Eph. 1:12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.

Our hope in Christ is for praising HIS glory.
That is why we were "predestined", NOT "because we chose to have faith".

Eph. 1:13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,

So when we heard the word of truth, we believed (that faith being GIVEN to us as a GIFT of God, Eph. 2:8, Phil. 1:29, Rom. 12:3, 2 Pet. 1:1), we were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.

There's absolutely NOTHING here that goes against Reformed (ie. Biblical) theology.

1) We were predestined;
2) We heard the gospel;
3) We hoped/believed;
4) We were sealed.
Who is the we

and what were they predestined to

The we is the faithful in Christ not unconditionally selected men

We don't read unconditionally selected men were predestined to believe or to be irresistibly saved

instead we read the faithful in Christ are predestined to

Eph. 1:5 —KJV
“Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,”

adoption as children

not a word there about unconditional election to salvation

or about infused faith anywhere in the passage
 
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