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ONE WITH CHRIST - Why It Isn't Just Religious Pretending

#2 - WHAT KIND OF UNION DO WE HAVE WITH CHRIST AND HOW DOES IT HAPPEN?

Speaker
Rev. Don Horban
Scripture
1 Corinthians 6:13-17
#2 In The Series "ONE WITH CHRIST: Understanding What The Christian Life Is And What It Isn't And Why It All Matters So Much"


The believer is never divisible from his or her union with Christ. Paul doesn't mean Christ becomes guilty of sexual sin. But he does mean we are never separated from our oneness with Christ. My union with Christ isn't an intermittent union. I can't turn it on and off. It is a constant oneness. The fact that we are "members of Christ"(14) is such an actual reality that it is just as real as the unitedness our physical bodies would be experiencing with sexual relations with a prostitute (16). My unitedness with Christ is no less an actual reality than my unitedness with that prostitute.


This is miles removed from the common picture of Christianity in the media and also much of the church. Christians are people who are forgiving of others and follow the teachings of Jesus as best they can. They are admirers of the Golden Rule and hope to go to heaven when they die. They are against bad people and bad deeds. And they don't judge others, lest they end up judged. We do the best we can. We go to church. We say our prayers. We read our Bibles. We are, as they say, people of faith, which means we hold to certain ideas about God and, hopefully, morality.


Now there is nothing wrong with any of those things. But they are all external religious practices. We read. We think. We try to do and obey. But none of that even comes close to what Paul describes in his letters. He's constantly writing - along with Apostles John, Peter, and the recorded words of Jesus Himself - constantly writing about being united with Christ - being hidden in Christ - about being inside Christ - and about Christ being inside the Christian. 


In other words, the emphasis in the whole New Testament isn't first of all about doing something. It's about being something you weren't before and couldn't possibly be on your own. 


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