Are you in union with Christ?
(I Cor 6:17)
When we become a Christian, we found a close and loving relationship in Christ Jesus. We became one in feeling, spirit, intention and temperament. It was Jesus who said to the apostle Peter, “…Lovest thou me more than these?” (John 21: 15) We came to understand that our soul is far more important than our bodies.
Our spiritual relationship is much more dear, lasting and enduring than any human union, for it is pure and holy. Therefore, we must regard it as sacred and unprofaned. There are a number of bonds that unite us unto the Lord. First, we must have a personal relationship with Christ, we must know Jesus as our Savior.
A mere external association as with a person is not enough, we need a vital and spiritual union with Christ. Note what The apostle Peter stated,”…Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:” (I Peter1:8). We must humbly receive the gospel concerning Christ, “…Thou art the Christ the Son of the living God” (Matt. 16).
Secondly, we must have a true bond of love. As children of God we are united to Christ as the bride to the bridegroom; we must enjoy a spiritual affection, “…For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee” Isaiah 62:5.
Thirdly, there must be a bond of affinity. Each person is drawn to Jesus as sinners to our Savior, not just drawn, but we remain with Christ as our true and eternal friend, congenial in character, in disposition and aims. Let us note the consequent unity between us and the Lord. We must be in a spirit of obedience to the father whose will and law is powerful and supreme. Paul stated “…But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit”. It was Jesus who stated, “…Not my will, but thine will”.
The Lord’s prayer is, “…Thy kingdom come thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven…” (Matt. 6:10). Yet we must be one in love of all that is holy and morally right. If you have the Holy Spirit in your soul, you have a praying spirit, a mourning spirit, a sanctifying spirit, a purifying spirit, a crucifying spirit, a new head, a new heart, new lips, and a new life. We must be one in our aim of an immortal relationship with Christ. Jesus’ prayer was, “…That where I an there ye may be also” (John 14:3). It was Stephen in the book of Acts that declared “…Jesus receive my spirit” (Acts 7:59). It was the Lord that said to John in the book of Revelation, “…Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter” (Rev.4:1).
We need practical proof of our unity in Christ. If there is life in the heart, it is identically the same life that is in the head, and so in the whole church the life and spirit of Christ is the life and spirit of his people. “…Christ in you the hope of Glory” (Col.1:27). To be one in spirit with Jesus, much more is needed than, to bear the Christian name, you may call a lemon a rose and you will not thereby give it perfume.
We are known by the fruit we bear. We need more than an outward profession, you may be baptized in water in the name of Jesus Christ, but unless you are baptized into the Holy Ghost, you know not what union with Christ is. You cannot call Christ ‘Lord’ but by the Holy Ghost. The superficial, the nominal and the outward will not suffice, we must be consumed with the fire as the bush at Horeb was. Let us have the same tastes, will, aim, fervours, resolutes, and tranquility. “…Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:” Ephesians 4:13.