To be “in the Messiah” means everything to us. It is the only way to get the leavening of sin out of our lives, for “IN HIM is no sin” (1 John 3:5).
If we are not “in Him” we are in self. I think there has been way too much focus on self–what we must do, or even what we must receive. But if we are in the Messiah, self is lost, and then God can work with us. Yet it is not us putting ourselves there. The Messiah is drawing us to Himself, and we just need to stop resisting His drawings. In fact, we are already in Him, but we have not believed the fact as it was presented by Jones and Waggoner and Paul. Now it is just a matter of beholding and believing. Then we will have His agape love; His thoughts, His faith, His Holy Spirit, become ours. The focus won’t be so much on our salvation, but on the Messiah’s salvation. He is longing for our close companionship with Him at Gethsemane and at the cross.
In the Messiah, the enmity of self will die. In the Messiah, we will be wearing the robe of His righteousness. In the Messiah, His life is our life.
“It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His Spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross. As we associate together, we may be a blessing to one another. If we are Christ’s, our sweetest thoughts will be of Him. We shall love to talk of Him; and as we speak to one another of His love, our hearts will be softened by divine influences. Beholding the beauty of His character, we shall be ‘changed into the same image from glory to glory.’ 2 Corinthians 3:18”.
~ Desire of Ages, 83
When we behold His life, we are to place ourselves in Him, holding communion with Him. We live with Him, we die with Him, we are resurrected with Him. Self is dead, and Messiah becomes everything.
“IN HIM dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete IN HIM, which is the Head of all principality and power: IN WHOM also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried WITH HIM in baptism, wherein also ye are risen WITH HIM through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead” (Colossians 2:9-12).
“In Him, in Him, ever in Him. It seems to me that that expression has come into our studies enough for us to count it our motto … We may have ‘In Him’ our watchword” (A.T. Jones, 26th Sermon, 1895 GC Session).