Friday, April 24, 2009

Union with Christ

‘But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ- by grace you have been saved- and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.’
- Ephesians 2:4-7

‘What is that union which the elect have with Christ? A. The union which the elect have with Christ is the work of God's grace, whereby they are spiritually and mystically, yet really and inseparably, joined to Christ as their head and husband; which is done in their effectual calling.’
– The Westminster Larger Catechism Q&A 66

‘Union with Christ is, in fact, the foundation of all the blessings of salvation. Justification, sanctification, adoption, and glorification are all received through our being united with Christ.’
- Robert Letham, quoted in, He Who Gives Life, p. 217

Dear Christ Our Redeemer Family and Friends,

If you are a Christian you have been ‘spiritually and mystically, yet really and inseparably’ joined to Christ. Christ’s life has become your life, Christ’s death has become your death, and Christ’s resurrection has become your resurrection. Because they are His they become yours. He freely and graciously gives them to you and they cannot be taken away. Think of this…every spiritual blessing imaginable has become yours and they cannot be removed. Because He has been raised He has raised us. This is His work of grace in you and for you, and if you are a Christian this can never be removed. There is no danger of Christ changing His mind. There are no worries about God rescinding His adoption of us at a future date. The security and bond with which He holds believers secure is the placement of Christians in inseparable union with Him. In our frequent sin and vacillation we need an unchanging Savior that holds us secure. We need a Savior whose Cross was sufficient for all of our sin and a Redeemer whose Resurrection was full of power to save. In Christ we have found both and He has made us glad and thankful participants in His life by joining us to Him. He has loved us and demonstrated that love to us by an unbreakable bond which He has secured for us forever. Amazingly, we are really and inseparably united to Him.

Stunned by the immeasurable ramifications of our union with Christ,

Pastor Dan

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