Pleasing God, Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

Our Union in Christ – Part 4

Zephaniah 3:17 – The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.


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
b. Body (head & body)
c. Agricultural (vine & branches) – fruit and power
d. Architectural (builder & building) – stability and strength


6. Christ’s View of Our Union in Him

a. He cherishes us as His beloved: His commitment to us – Rom. 9:25, Col. 3:12, 2 Thess. 2:13, Jude 1, Eph. 1:6, John 15:9

b. He rejoices over us as His delight: His pleasure in us – Zeph. 3:17, Ps. 18:19, Ps. 41:11

c. He cares for us as His sheep: His care over us – Ps. 100:3, Ps. 23:1, John 10:14, John 10:27-29, Rev. 7:15-17

d. He esteems us as His bride: His longing for us – John 17:24, Eph. 5:25-27, Rev. 19:6-8