Posted by: SandreS | March 20, 2010

Our Future – The Believer’s Union and Identification in Christ, Part 3

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

In the future we will not lose our past or present union in Christ; but that identity will intensify and broaden as we bear the image of the Heavenly One. In our celestial likeness of Him, we will have an even greater identity with His Person.

Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him (I John 3:2).

Think of it! Christ is the “image of God” (II Corinthians 4:4; Colossians 1:15).

And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly (I Corinthians 15:49).

For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the First-born among many brothers (Romans 8:29).

Who will change our lowly body, that it may be fashioned like to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself (Philippians 3:21).

Paul Billheimer has written wonderfully about this truth:

Created originally in the image of God, redeemed humanity has been elevated by means of a divinely conceived genetic process … to the highest rank of all created beings … This union goes beyond a mere formal, functional or idealistic harmony or rapport. It is an organic unity … We become … actual generated sons of God (I John 3:2), “partakers of the divine nature” (II Peter 1:4) … generated by His own life …

God purposed to have a family circle of His very own, not only created but also generated by His own life, incorporating His own seed, “sperma,” “genes,” or heredity. Long ago, even before He made the world, God chose us to be His very own, through what Christ would do for us (Ephesians 1:4; also 5:25-27, 32). In order to obtain this personal, organic family relationship, God conceived the infinitely vast and infinitely wise plan of creation plus redemption … in order to bring “many sons into glory” (Hebrews 2:10) …

Christ is the Prototype after which all other sons are being fashioned … God’s purpose in the plan of redemption – to produce … an entirely new and unique species, exact replicas of His Son with whom He will share His glory and His dominion, and who will constitute a royal progeny and form the governing and administrative staff of His eternal kingdom.

While we recognize the infinite distinction between the “Son” and the “many sons” born into the family, yet such is their heredity … that He recognizes them as bona fide blood-brothers …

Christ is the divine Prototype after which this new species is being made. They are to be exact copies of Him, true genotypes … As sons of God, begotten by Him, incorporating into their fundamental being and nature the very genes of God, they rank above all other created beings and are elevated to the most sublime height possible. (Destined for the Throne, First Edition, 1975, pp. 33-37)

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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