Posted by: SandreS | March 19, 2010

Our Present – The Believer’s Union and Identification in Christ, Part 2

Not only does our union and identification with the Lord Jesus Christ extend into the past, but it is alive and vibrant in the present.

It is sometimes proclaimed “Christ died so we might live,” and rightly so – but in a deeper sense He died so that we might die, and He lives that we might live.

For if when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son; much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life (Romans 5:10).

We Live Together with Him

Now if we are dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him (Romans 6:8).

For if we died with Him, we will live together also with Him (II Timothy 2:11).

I have been crucified with Christ: nevertheless, I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me (Galatians 2:20).

Our identification in Christ brings us into living union with the very Son of God. Our union with His is not restricted to the past.

When we hear the gospel presented, sometimes we hear the resurrection omitted.

…Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again (I Corinthians 15:3-4).

The gospel is about the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. He is alive, and we live together with Him. “Christ lives in me” is the glorious present tense truth of Galatians 2:20. His love and giving only began at the Cross, and our life really only began in the reality of His resurrection. He is now actively in union with us, for we “live by the Faith of the Son of God.” Our union with Christ is not some cold, dead, historic event that happened before we were born, but something that is happening in the present, in “the life that we now live in the flesh.”

We Have an Inseparable Union with Him

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? … For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:35-39).

Alive in Him, We Are joint-heirs with Christ

Most believers do not enjoy this living position in Christ, although they possess it. They do not enter into the divine reckoning.

Likewise reckon yourselves also to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:11).

Our reckoning includes, among other things, our being His joint-heirs.

And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17).

Our union is so literal that it gives us possessions that we never had.

Alive in Him, We Are United with All Other Believers in Christ

From Whom the whole Body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effective working in the measure of every part, makes increase of the Body to the edifying of itself in love (Ephesians 4:16).

And not holding the Head, from Whom all the Body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increases with the increase of God (Colossians 2:19).

So we, being many, are one Body in Christ, and every one members of each another (Romans 12:5).

That there should be no division in the Body; but that the members should have the same care for one another (I Corinthians 12:25).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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