WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2016
Key Bible Verse: God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin. (1 Corinthians 1:30)
Dig Deeper: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
The problem with either “Just believe the gospel .. more” or “Just obey your Lord … more” is that alone, they leave us focusing on ourselves as the real agent of change. There’s something we need to do, even if that something is do nothing but believe. Either song, by itself, places us at the center.
But union with Christ displaces us from the center of our own lives. It tells us we can discover who God created us to be only through living in vital union with his Son. It tells us the work of Christ for us cannot be separated from the person of Christ in us. Otherwise, we run the risk of loving his benefits more than we love the Benefactor.
Union with Christ says that the one who made heaven and earth dwells within you. He not only holds the lever of change, but he also promises that when you abide in him, through faith and obedience, his living water will flow out of your life. He is the fount-and from him flows every blessing. But living in union with him, we have full access to his amazing grace that covers us and we have full access to his power that enables us to obey his commands.
– Rankin Wilbourne in Union with Christ
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