Pleasing God, Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

Our Union in Christ – Part 8

1 Corinthians 1:30 – And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption


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
b. He rejoices over us as His delight: His pleasure in us
c. He cares for us as His sheep: His care over us
d. He esteems us as His bride: His longing for us


7. God the Father and Our Union in Christ – 1 Corinthians 1:30

a. God the Father is the author of union in Christ – 1 Cor. 1:30, Eph. 1:3-4, 1 Thess. 5:9, 2 Thess. 2:13
b. God the Father gives a two-fold blessing in union with Christ


8. The Heart transformation from Our union in Christ

a. Christ’s desires become our desires
b. Christ’s example becomes our pursuits


9. Our Minds are renewed from Our union in Christ

a. We have the ability to confess the Lordship of Christ
b. We have the ability to interpret the world correctly
c. We have the ability to view people correctly
d. We have the ability to react to suffering correctly


10. Evidence of being in Union with Christ

a. Conviction of sin, Christ, and judgment – Matthew 11:28, John 16:8-10, Acts 2:37

b. Quickening to new life – John 6:63, Titus 3:5-6

c. Love – Romans 5:1-5

For Christ – Ephesians 6:24
For His people – 1 John 3:14

d. Putting to death sin – Romans 8:13, Matt. 5:29, Gal. 6:8

e. Prayer – Zech. 12:10, Rom. 8:26, Eph. 6:18, Jude 20

f. Heavenly-Mindedness – Rom. 8:5, 1 Cor. 2:12, Col. 3:1-2

g. Progressive Obedience – Ps. 40:8, Ps. 119:5, 14, 35, 1 John 2:3, 1 John 3:6

Gardiner Spring – “The Spirit of obedience to the Divine commands is the grand test of the genuineness of our faith.”