Union with Christ: Necessity and Benefits Part 8

Metaphor of the True Vine Part 2 The full meaning of the True Vine metaphor is made somewhat easier to see by slightly realigning of the sequence of verses, putting them into the usual pattern followed by a vinedresser as he tends the vine and its fruit. Studying the verses in the order 1, 3,Continue reading “Union with Christ: Necessity and Benefits Part 8”

Union with Christ: Necessity and Benefits Part 7

“I AM THE TRUE VINE” Part 1 Jesus taught the True Vine metaphor on the night of the last supper. The metaphor applies not only to the disciples but to all who are “in Christ.” Jesus spoke to the 11 disciples who remained at the supper after Judas left to betray Him. Jesus’ purpose inContinue reading “Union with Christ: Necessity and Benefits Part 7”

Union with Christ: Necessity and Benefits Part 6

Key Comments from Part 5 From a believer’s subjective perspective, Union with Christ is an event that begins during their mortal life at the time “the Holy Spirit works faith in them, thereby uniting them to Christ in effectual calling.” Being united to Christ in effectual calling brings believers every benefit of salvation both inContinue reading “Union with Christ: Necessity and Benefits Part 6”

Union With Christ: Necessity and Benefits Part 5

Key Facts From Part 4 A human nature includes a human body. A human person consists of a human nature plus a source of “I”. Another way to say this is that a human person consists of a material body in union with an immaterial soul.  Scripture clearly indicates, that at mortal death, something recognizableContinue reading “Union With Christ: Necessity and Benefits Part 5”

Union with Christ: Necessity and Benefits Part 4

Key Facts From Part 3 Christ’s saving work is effective for all the people given to Him by the Father. Salvation is applied to individuals. The Spirit applies salvation by working faith in us, and thereby uniting us to Christ in effectual calling.  Effectual calling is the work of God’s Spirit, whereby, convincing us ofContinue reading “Union with Christ: Necessity and Benefits Part 4”

Union with Christ: Necessity and Benefits Part 3

Key Thoughts From Part 2 Part 2 considered definitions for “nature” and “person.”  “Nature” is defined as the total of all essential qualities of a thing, that is, that which makes it what it is. A “human person” is a “human nature” plus a source of “I.” Distinguishing between nature and person is vital toContinue reading “Union with Christ: Necessity and Benefits Part 3”

Union with Christ: Necessity and Benefits Part 2

Key Thoughts from Part 1 A tentative definition for Union with Christ: “Believers joined together with Christ in such manner that they are, in some sense, made one with Him, remaining distinct persons, but no longer separated” – Scripture says, “Christ in us” and “us in Christ.” There are two categories of sin issues. Eph.Continue reading “Union with Christ: Necessity and Benefits Part 2”

Union with Christ: Necessity and Benefits Part 1

Recently, while thinking about possible topics for a new study, I became interested in Rev. 21:3: “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as theirContinue reading “Union with Christ: Necessity and Benefits Part 1”

Importance of Christian Identity- Part 3

True Christian identity depends entirely on what God did and is doing for us and to us. Nothing a person is or can do for themselves can bring them redemption. It comes only as God’s gift to those whom He chooses.  From Scripture we know that Christian identity is intended to develop step-by-step from initialContinue reading “Importance of Christian Identity- Part 3”

Importance of Christian Identity- Part 2

When God redeemed us, He established a new relationship with us (from rebellious to redeemed) and gave us a new identity in Christ. That Christian identity is God’s gift and cannot be obtained in any other way. Everyone has an identity determined by their relationship with God. What different relationships might a person have withContinue reading “Importance of Christian Identity- Part 2”