Pleasing God, Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

Our Union in Christ – Part 3

John 17:20-23 – I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.


1. The Theology of our Union in Christ

a. Justification – our declared union in Christ
b. Sanctification – our working out our union in Christ

2. The Roles of Christ in our union

a. Prophet
b. Priest
c. King


3. The Necessity of our Union in Christ

a. We are not in relationship with our Creator
b. We are not in the protected community of God’s people
c. We are not knowledgeable of salvation’s promise
d. We are not living with eternal certainty
e. We are not fulfilling our created purpose

4. The Relationship to Sin in our Union with Christ

a. Dead to sin in union with Christ’s crucifixion
b. Dead to sin in union with Christ’s resurrection


5. The Metaphors Describing our Union in Christ

a. Marriage (husband & wife) – Spiritual intimacy and care – Isaiah 54:5, Isaiah 62:4, Hosea 2:19, 2 Cor. 11:2, Eph. 5:22-25, Rev. 19:7
b. Body (head & body) – Romans 12:5, 1 Cor. 12:27, Eph. 1:22-23, Eph. 4:15-16, Eph. 5:29, Col. 1:18
c. Agricultural (vine & branches) – fruit and power – John 15:15, Rom. 11:16-17, Col. 2:6-7
d. Architectural (builder & building) – stability and strength – Isaiah 28:16, Matt. 16:18, 1 Cor. 3:9-11, Eph. 2:20, 1 Peter 2:4-5