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3/7/19

What does "with Christ" mean?

I’m not much of a car guy. I drive a Chevy Trailblazer, and I enjoy it for the most part. But I once owned a really nice and fun sports car. It was a 1991 cherry red Toyota Celica. It was a 5-speed manual with leather seats, sun roof, spoiler, and a great stereo. It was fun, fast, and reliable. And I did pay for it. And I didn’t steal it.

It was my wife’s car. DJ owned the car, and the day she said, “I do,” the car was all mine—I mean it was “ours.” Our union together as husband and wife on June 25, 1994, meant that all that belonged to DJ became mine, and all that belonged to me became DJ’s.

I mention that because one of the themes in the Bible is union with Jesus. A relationship with Jesus is a described as a “union.” Paul likes to talk about this union with phrases like “in Christ” or “in Jesus” or “with Christ Jesus.” He says in Galatians 2.20 that he was “crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me.” This verse is saying a lot of things, but one truth I’d like to pick up and emphasize, is that of union with Jesus. As a follower of Jesus, you are united to Jesus in such a dramatic way, that all that is true of Jesus becomes true of you. Jesus got what you deserved, and you get what he deserves. That’s what union means. Jesus received all the penalty for the guilt of our sins, and you get all that Jesus earned with his obedience. He received condemnation, so we can receive justification. He was forsaken, so we will never be forsaken. He died, so that we can live. He became poor, and he makes us rich. He was rejected, and we are accepted.

Remind your heart today. That because of Jesus you are accepted, approved, clean and pure before God. It’s a gift, your possession in relationship with Jesus.

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission

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