“The subject of spiritual union is the most important, most profound and yet the most blessed of any that is set forth in the sacred Scriptures; and yet, sad to say, there is hardly any which is now more generally neglected.” —Arthur Pink
When I think of the word union, nice things come to mind. I think of a marriage union, or a family reunion. And of course, almost everyone says they want to be in union with Christ. It’s a coming together as one, a sharing of an experience, a unified existence… and it’s nice, usually.
Paul speaks of being united with Christ on a level few of us have really thought about:
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. —Romans 6:5
The key word in this verse is obviously united. It connotes an intimate union with Christ. At some point, in some way, by God’s grace, those of us who are in Christ were placed into Christ like one sheet of paper being slid into the pages of a book. Our story becomes meshed with His story as one. We are sealed in Him, and we become one with Him somehow—one plus one equals one. It’s divine mathematics. (I got in trouble with that kind of math; God gets away with it.) In this unity, everything that happens to the Book happens to us.
We were united with Him in His death and His burial; so we can be born again and reunited in Him in His resurrection. Death to the old. Life through the new—that’s how the Christian life began, and that is how it is lived out today.
Holy Spirit, make this passage real to me in a deeper way today. By faith, I accept what the Word says is true. I proclaim that my old nature was crucified and buried with Christ! Thank you that my old, sinful self is in the grave of Christ, so that I can be united with Him only today. Amen.
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A Countercultural Life: Living Well in a Broken World
It’s a challenge for most followers of Jesus Christ to live in a culture driven by values and views that run counter to our faith and to the truth of Scripture. And we wonder how best to relate.
Should we isolate ourselves from such a world, trying to keep ourselves “unstained”? Should we be intimidated by what our secular counterparts believe because we feel “out of step”? Then again, maybe we should identify more closely with the values of our world in order to win more people to Christ.
Stuart Briscoe takes you on a journey to discover how to live as a Christ follower in our fallen culture in his new small book, A Countercultural Life: Living Well in a Broken World. By looking at the life of Joseph (Genesis 37-50), Stuart shows you an excellent model for how we should indeed live in our world!
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