One with Christ



Key Bible Verse: But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. (1 Corinthians 6:17, ESV)

Dig Deeper: Romans 6:1-11

[How do we reconcile] the gospel of extravagant grace that requires nothing from us and the gospel of radical discipleship that demands everything of us?

How do we walk along the apex of the roof without falling off on either side-into [what Dietrich Bonhoeffer called] “the danger of cheap grace” or “the danger of salvation through works”?

Undiluted grace and uncompromising obedience meet in the person of Jesus. He is always full of both. And while it is wonderful news that we can now be found right with God outside of ourselves, it is even more wonderful that he himself is not outside of us, but [one with us]. Becoming a Christian means that Christ joins his life to yours in such an intimate and comprehensive way that the prevailing metaphor for his union in the Bible is marriage (Eph. 5:32). The Holy Spirit [is] the bond of this connection. If you are “in Christ,” Christ has truly made himself one with you.

And because of your union with Christ, these songs of “Extravagant Grace” and “Radical Discipleship” can no more be separated in your life than Christ himself can be torn in two. These two melodies meet in harmony in him in whom they have always met.

– Rankin Wilbourne in Union with Christ

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