United In The Christ/God Family
The relationship between Christ and the believer “is the nearest, dearest, closest, most intense, and most enduring relationship that can be imagined,” said Spurgeon. We live because Christ lives, and our lives are hidden with Christ in God. It is closer than a husband and wife, or children and their parents.
One of the greatest mysteries in the Bible is the believer’s vital relationship with his Lord and Savior.
There are three great mystical unions in the Bible. The union of the three persons of the Godhead, being one God, called the doctrine of the Trinity. The Bible also teaches the union of the two natures of Jesus Christ in one person, and the vital union of the believer in Christ.
There is a close intimate union between the Lord Jesus Christ and the Christian. It is so intimate that it may be spoken of as one. “We are members of His body” (Ephesians 5:30). It is not a physical union, but an attachment of love, for we are adopted into the God/Christ Family, and he calls us His brothers and sisters. We are truly united with Him as truly as the parts of our bodies belong to the head. This might mean simply that our relationship to The Christ is the reflection of a vital union that a man’s body sustains to the man’s soul.
Figuratively, we are members of Christ, and together we form The Body of Christ, the Family of The Christ. This is the closest imaginable relationship. We are identified with Him. We are made an essential part of Him. He is the head of the body and we are the members of that body. It is the closest imaginable vital union possible. We are members of His body and His family.
The apostle Paul has in mind that the believer’s standing is such a relationship with Christ that it is analogous to Eve’s relation to Adam. As Eve derived her physical genetic pattern from the body of Adam (Genesis 2:18-25), so we derive our spiritual pattern from the body of Christ. We are partakers of the life of Christ. Our spiritual life proceeds from and is sustained by Christ. It is the source of our present spiritual life, and of our eternal life in the glorious God family with Christ.
“You are therefore, now made by His grace to participate in His moral and spiritual nature, and you will never be satisfied till you awake in His likeness,” wrote C. H. Spurgeon. “But you will awake in His likeness, so that when He sees you and you see Him, then (it) shall be abundantly manifested (obvious) to you that you are a member of His body.”
Being made a “member of His body” and a member of His family, means we have entered into the most intimate relationship possible with Him. We are joined together with Christ in the most intimate communion. Adam could say of Eve, she is of the same bone and flesh, thus she is related to me. You can say, I am the same spirit and He (The Christ Jesus) and I are related!
“We are members of His family,” means we are His loving and precious connection to His eternal life! We are also “The Bride of Christ” and thus we become as precious to Him as a loving wife is to her husband. And He becomes to us as precious as the leader of our lives and our homes. We belong to Christ. “You are not your own, you are bought with a price” (1 Cor. 6:20). He purchased us by dying for us. He laid down his life to make us His own! You are now entirely His, and you can belong to none other.
You are one with Him. You were buried in Him and with him during your Baptism. wherein also you have risen with Him. You were purchased to be one of his own to love, care for and raise as one of God’s Children. You are brought into His home as you would bring an adopted child into your home.
“And surely, Spurgeon writes, you shall be actually in your very person with Him where He is, that you may behold His glory. You are one with Him” (Sermons of C. H. Spurgeon, vol. x, p. 22).
One of the greatest practical applications of this great doctrine of our vital union in Christ is that it secures the eternal safety of every one who is one with Christ. “Because I live you shall live also.” All of us who are in Him have eternal life.
The idea that Jesus the Christ might lose members of His body who are grafted into Him is impossible. Will He lose His members? “I give unto My sheep eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall any snatch them out of my hand” (John 10:28). There is strong reason to believe in the security of every one who is one with Christ. That is how much God loves you and cares about His relationship with you.
We are now being changed from glory (on earth) to glory (in God’s universe) (2 Cor. 3:18) through this vital union with Christ. If we are one in Christ we shall enjoy His divine love. If we are one of His members He may chasten us and correct us (probably all of us) when we need it, but He will never sever us from His body. “As My Father has loved Me, even so have I loved you.”
He nourishes us because we are members of His body. We draw our daily sustenance from His presence. Since we are members of His body, He will one day present us to Himself without spot or wrinkle or blemish. We will be perfect even as He is perfect. We will enter into the eternal joy in the Lord. “We are joint heirs with Christ.” This is to say, we will inherit our place in the family and the honor and privileges to which all family members are entitled. Therefore whatever He has we shall share, even his power to rule and maintain peace and good order of humanity and the universe.
Because we are members of His body, His family and “His House” we shall be with Him where He is, and behold His glory. We shall be with Him always.
Inspirational Notes From: www.abideinchrist.com
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