doctrine of Union with Christ is therefore the indispensable preparation for Ecclesiology, and for Eschatology.
Fellowship of Christ with the believer: <500413>Philippians 4:13 ? ?I can do all things in him that strengtheneth me?; <580415>Hebrews 4:15 ? ?For we have not a high priest that cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities?; cf . Isaiah 83:9 ? ?In all their affliction he was afflicted.?
<580218> Hebrews 2:18 ? ?in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succor them that are tempted? = are being tempted, are under temptation. Bp. Wordsworth: ?By his passion he acquired compassion.?
<470214> 2 Corinthians 2:14 ? ?thanks be unto God, who always leadeth us in triumph in Christ? ? Christ leads us in triumph, but his triumph is ours, even if it be a triumph over us. One with him, we participate in his joy and in his sovereignty. Revelations 3:21 ? ?He that overcometh, I will give to him to sit down with me in my throne.? W. F. Taylor on
<450809> Romans 8:9 ? ?The Spirit of God dwelleth in you if any man hath not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his? ? ?Christ dwells in us, says the apostle. But do we accept him as a resident, or as a ruler? England was first represented by her resident at King Thebau?s court. This official could rebuke and even threaten but nothing more; Thebau was sovereign. Burma knew no peace till England ruled. So Christ does not consent to be represented by a mere resident. He must himself dwell within the soul and he must reign.? Christina Rossetti, Thee Only: ?Lord, we are rivers running to thy sea, Our waves and ripples all derived from thee; A nothing we should have, a nothing be, Except for thee. Sweet are the waters of thy shoreless sea; Make sweet our waters that make haste to thee; Pour in thy sweetness, that ourselves may be Sweetness to thee!?
Of the believer with Christ: <500310>Philippians 3:10 ? ?that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming conformed unto his death?; <510124>Colossians 1:24 ? ?fill up on my part that which is lacking of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body?s sake, which is the church? ? <600413>1 Peter 4:13 ? ?partakers of Christ?s sufferings.? The Christian reproduces Christ?s life in miniature and, in a true sense loves it over again. Only upon the principle of union with Christ can we explain how the Christian instinctively applies to himself the prophecies and promises which originally and primarily were uttered with reference to Christ. ?Thou wilt not leave my soul to Sheol; Neither wilt thou suffer Thy holy one to see corruption? ( <191610>Psalm 16:10,
11). This fellowship is the ground of the promises made to believing prayer. <431413>John 14:13 ? ?whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do?; Wescott, Bib. Com., in loco : ?The meaning of the phrase [?in my
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