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BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD God purposed IN CHRIST to "crucify us" (the first man) and by our death "in Christ" on the cross to "hide man" in Himself -for to make IN HIMSELF of twain ONE New Man (i.e., the LORD HIMSELF) that HE might reconcile both unto God "in one body" by the cross. The gospel of grace declares "we are made new" in the sense that we are to "put on THAT New Man" whom GOD raised up which is the LORD JESUS CHRIST/which GOD calls the "New Creature" -not "earthy" or "of the earth" like unto the First Adam, CHRIST is raised the SPIRITUAL "New Man" -in whom "we + our life" are dead and hid.
God has One Only Begotten Son, (John 1:18) "in whom" it has pleased Him by His grace to accept (HIDE in Himself) many "sons by adoption" only by and through "faith in Him" by the faith which is OF HIM and BY HIM, -which is His GIFT to us, in the person of Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten of the Father. "IN MY NAME" means "IN THE PERSON OF" (AND BY) JESUS CHRIST! Only as "dead men who are hidden in Christ" are we counted "as sons of God" --not by our works, merit or performance, but BY ADOPTION ONLY. (Not by virtue of who we are, but who He is and what HE has done.) Instead of vaunting OURSELVES "as sons of God" we ought to be on our faces with the same attitude as Paul (who considered himself to be the chiefest of sinners, without merit or position in and of himself.) We ought to stop displaying/flaunting ourselves "as sons of God" (something JESUS never did in the flesh) and start acknowledging that we are in reality only "dust & ash" members of His body that HE HAS graciously condescended to "hide in" HIMSELF...humbling ourselves at His Feet acknowledging that HE is the only "MAN" worthy to stand before God.
I am the LORD, I am God, I change not...therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed...we are "sons of Jacob" twisting, turning and supplanting even the things of God, and only because of His Mercy and His Grace -by the blood of Jesus -we are not destroyed when we come before God. The "LIFE" is IN THE BLOOD --"claiming the POWER of the Blood of Jesus" is to claim JESUS as our LIFE who HIMSELF now stands IN OUR PLACE "for us" (before the Father) with us hidden in Himself who has become our shield, HE Himself stands for us as "our" HOLINESS and as "our" perfection before a Holy God who demands that we be Holy as He is Holy and Perfect as our heavenly Father is Perfect...JESUS stand "for us" (with us hidden in Himself) as "our" righteousness, and as "our" only justification and as "our" salvation "saved and justified" by the faith of Him and He now stands as "our" sanctification...as our all, in all on behalf of all, who receive Him. "Dead and hidden" in Him, means: NO FLESH will glory in His presence!