How Big is Our Union with Christ?

This past week our Bible study discussed the dimensions of our union with Christ. Sometimes, because we are human, we think about it in a linear way. It has been described as a golden chain that follows this sequence:

  1. Election
  2. Regeneration/Baptism
  3. Conversion
  4. Justification
  5. Adoption
  6. Perseverance
  7. Glorification

In reality, union with Christ is more like a marriage. When we love someone, we don’t just love one aspect or part of that person — say their cooking, or their intelligence. We love everything that makes up their personality — we love the totality of what they are. We also reap all the benefits of being in relationship with that person. So, too, our union with Christ is central to our Christian life. It undergirds all the spiritual blessings we receive (Union with Christ = Spiritual Blessings). It should affect how we live, because we are taking Christ with us everywhere we go. Our faith may falter at times, but our union with Christ does not depend on the strength of our faith, it depends upon God’s faithfulness to us– a faithfulness that sent His Son into our flesh to do what we could not.

So, remember, if you are a Christian, everything has been changed. You look at the world with different eyes. Your union with God is not only BIG — it is everything! You are a new creation!

“For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I ask that out of the riches of His glory He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. Then you, being rooted and grounded in love, will have power, together with all the saints, to comprehend the length and width and height and depth of the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:14-19

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