Thursday, September 14, 2006

Union with Christ

Today at our UCCF South East Team Days Peter Kingston, ex-Wycliffe Bible translator in Brazil, came to teach us about World Missions. The missions stuff was cool - basically an overview of God's mission in the Bible and some stuff on being sensitive. It was good. But better, was session 1 on what is the gospel - a key question for anyone doing missions.

I'm too tired to type it all up but basically we looked at the start of Romans 7 and the surrounding arguments and concluded that the essence of it was Union with Christ which is of course won for us at the Cross. From this everything else flows - life in the Spirit, eternal security, reigning in life, not having to sin etc. All of which our dying sinful nature tries to thwart by tempting us back.

But, union with Christ is better that everything else - its not like Islam that can offer you 70 virgins, or Buddhism that might offer nothingness, or Hinduism offering a shot at paradise... this is guarenteed getting everything as a free gift.... freedom from sin, freedom from trying, freedom from the struggle of climbing a ladder. It was life-giving stuff and connected a few dots more clearly than I had before, particularly in Romans. I need to think and live this more.

Like Martyn Lloyd-Jones said, the gospel is union with Christ.

Tomorrow, prayer and some early church history.


  1. I hope you can type it up. Do we talk enough about "union with Christ?" Not sure that we do. Being a late starter I have only just got round to downloading 17th Henry Scougal's Life of God in the Soul of Man (from But now I!

    "our religion should be a resemblance of the divine perfection, the image of the Almighty shinking in the soul of man; nay, it is a real participation in his nature; it is a beam of the eternal light; a drop of that infinite ocean of goodness and they who are endowed with it may be said to have "God dwelling in their souls and Christ formed within them."

    Et al

  2. I've just been reading Scougal - brilliant book.

  3. A developed doctrine of union with Christ is something God has been very gracious in showing me over the last few years. It is sweet truth.

    I am just reading Gaffin's new book, By Faith Not By Sight, and it is the best book I've read on it, although it is quite theological and minors on the application.