Category Archives: union with Christ

United to Christ

2Tim0401“Christ is not only the object of faith and his glorious appearing the pole star of hope but he is also united to believers now in the bonds of mystic union. And they are united to him. Because Christ is united to believers, he is in them in the life they now live upon earth — he is formed in them the hope of glory. And because believers are now united to Christ, they are in him in the glory of his exalted state — their life is hid with Christ in God. Christ is with them where they are; they are with him where he is. A great mystery, beyond doubt. But this is what is true of Christ and his church.” (John Murray, “Structural Strands in New Testament Eschatology.” Unpublished manuscript, Westminster Theological Seminary Library, Philadelphia).

(In preparation for the Sunday afternoon Bible study on 2 Timothy 4:1–5 at Trinity Presbyterian Church of the OPC)

 

Christ-centered

Rm0829a“With an eye to current ongoing discussions, where charges of ‘antinomianism’ and ‘legalism’ are often exchanged—sometimes warranted, sometimes not—it will help to keep clear that in its application salvation is neither justification-centered nor sanctification-centered, but is and has to be both because it is Christ-centered. Both justification and sanctification are central to the gospel, because union with Christ in all his benefits is its center.” (Richard B. Gaffin, Jr., “The Work of Christ Applied,” in Christian Theology. Reformed Theology for the Catholic Church, M. Allen and S. Swain, eds., 2016).

Conformed to the image of the Son

Rm0829a“. . . no one can be an heir of heaven without being conformed to the image of the on­ly-begotten Son of God.” (John Calvin, Commentary on Romans, at 8:29).

“[C]hange by the Spirit for conformity to the Father’s expectations confirms adoption by the Father and manifests familial likeness to the glorified Son (cf. Rom. 8:29). The believer is not merely a slave in the presence of a new King; he is an adopted (resurrected) son in the household of the Father, empowered by the Spirit of the Son to please his Father. He is a son in the Son.” (David B. Gardner, Sons in the Son: The Riches and Reach of Adoption in Christ, p. 115).

(for this evening’s 101 Bible Study)

A life and death matter

waterfall_14966ac-1“… a transforming influence proceeds from Christ, such an influence as He could bring to bear upon us only in the ca­pacity of the glorified, i.e. the risen Christ, and which has for its goal the acquisition of the same glory-image on the part of believers.” (Geerhardus Vos, The Pauline Eschatology, p. 157).

Romans 6:1-14 deals with a life and death matter–your connection to and union  with Christ. The 101 Bible Study looks at this passage Friday evening.

The Vine and the Branches

john155c“All the ethical admoni­tion, comfort, and power that radi­ate from this farewell have no other purpose than that the church on earth should understand itself as belong­ing to him in heaven and that it should abide in him as he abides in its members. In this the church, together with Jesus—in accordance with an ancient depiction of the people of God—appears as the vine and the branches in which he, responding to the church’s faith and prayer, its life under his word, its afflic­tion, and its calling in the world, will prove himself to be the Living One.” (Herman Ridderbos, The Gospel of John: A Theological Com­mentary, p. 483).

In the process of preparing for a study on John 15 I came across this.