The Bible declares both these situations to be true.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus
[Romans 8 : 1]
To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory
[Colossians 1 : 27]
A simple illustration in our familiar physical world will help us understand this spiritual reality.
Suppose you fill your kitchen sink with water and then place a cup into it.
Is the cup in the water or is the water in the cup?
Unless you live in a different world than I, you would have to answer 'yes' and 'yes.'
Both are true and at the same time. When you immerse a cup in the water, water fills the cup.
When we are immersed in Christ, we are filled with him at the same time.
I was reminded of this illustration early this morning when I was awoken for a two hour lesson on the kingdom of God. (It's obvious God lives in the timeless realm of eternity and doesn't realise I should still be asleep at 4 am - LOL)
Being in the KOG means ruling with and for God
being ruled by God at the same time.
(me being in the water means the water being in me)
I can't be ruling for God if I am not being ruled by God !!
Simon the Sorcerer had this pointed out to him by Philip as I mentioned yesterday, and that was the conclusion God reached in his lesson to me early this morning.
I found that both helpful and challenging. Isn't that usually the way with God?