John Murray on Union with Christ

28 11 2009

“Nothing is more central or basic than union and communion with Christ. …Union with Christ…in its broader aspects underlies every step of the application of redemption. Union with Christ is really the central truth of the whole doctrine of salvation not only in its application but also in its once-for-all accomplishment in the finished work of Christ. Indeed the whole process of salvation has its origin in one phase of union with Christ and salvation has in view the realization of other phases of union with Christ.”

Redemption: Accomplished and Applied. p. 161

“Union with Christ is a very inclusive subject. It embraces the wide span of salvation from its ultimate source in the eternal election of God to its final fruition in the glorification of the elect. It is not simply a phase of the application of redemption; it underlies every aspect of redemption both in its accomplishment and in its application. Union with Christ binds all together and insures that to all for whom Christ has purchased redemption He effectively applies and communicates the same.”

Redemption: Accomplished and Applied. p. 165

“The wide range of similitude used in Scripture to illustrate union with Christ is very striking. On the highest level of being it is compared to the union which exists between the persons of the trinity in the Godhead. This is staggering, but it is the case (John 14:23; 17:21-23). On the lowest level it is compared to the relation that exists between the stones of a building and the chief corner stone (Eph. 2:19-22; I Pet. 2:4,5). In between these two limits there is a variety of similitude drawn from different levels of being and relationship. It is compared to the union that existed between Adam and all of posterity (Rom. 5:12-19; I Cor. 15:19-49). It is compared to the union that exists between man and wife (Eph. 5:22-33; cf. Jn. 3:29). It is compared to the union that exists between the head and other members in the human body (Eph. 4:15,16). It is compared to the relation of the vine and the branches (John 15). …The mode, nature, and kind of union differ in the different cases. There is similitude but not identity.

Redemption: Accomplished and Applied. pp. 167,168

“Union with Christ is the central truth of the whole doctrine of salvation. …There is no truth, therefore, more suited to impart confidence and strength, comfort and joy in the Lord than this one of union with Christ.”

Redemption: Accomplished and Applied. pp. 170,171

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