name?] is ?as being one with me even as I am revealed to you.? Its two correlatives are ?in me? and the Pauline ?in Christ.?? ?All things are yours? ( <460321>1 Corinthians 3:21), because Christ is universal King and all believers are exalted to fellowship with him. After the battle of Sedan, King William asked a wounded Prussian officer whether it were well with him. ?All is well where your majesty leads!? was the reply.
<500121> Philippians 1:21 ? ?For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain.? Paul indeed uses the words ?Christ? and church? as interchangeable terms: 1Cor 12:12 ? as the body is one, and hath many members...so also is Christ.? Denney, Studies in Theology, 171 ? ?There is not in the N. T. from beginning to end, in the record of the original and genuine Christian life, a single word of despondency or gloom. It is the most buoyant, exhilarating and joyful book in the world.? This is due to the fact that the writers believe in a living and exalted Christ and that they know they are one with him. They descend crowned into the arena. In the Soudan, every morning for half an hour before General Gordon?s tent there lay a white handkerchief. The most pressing message, even on matters of life and death, waited till that handkerchief was withdrawn. It was the signal that Christ and Gordon were in communion with each other.
Of all believers with one another: <431721>John 17:21 ? ?that they may all be one?; <461017>1 Corinthians 10:17 ? ?we, who are many, are one bread, one body: for we all partake of the one bread?; <490215>Ephesians 2:15 ? ?create in himself of the two one new man, so making peace?; <620103>1 John 1:3 ? ?that ye also may have fellowship with us: yea, and our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ? ? here the word koinwni>a is used. Fellowship with each other is the effect and result of the fellowship of each with God in Christ. Compare <431016>John 10:16 ? ?they shall become one flock, one shepherd?; Westcott, Bib. Com., in loco: ?The bond of fellowship is shown to lie in the common relation to one Lord...Nothing is said of one ?fold? under the new dispensation.? Here is a unity, not of external organization, but of common life. Of this the visible church is the consequence and expression. But this communion is not limited to earth, it is perpetuated beyond death: 1Thess. 4:17 ? ?so shall we ever be with the Lord?; <581223>Hebrews 12:23 ? ?to the general assembly and church at the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect?; Revelations 21 and 22 ? the city of God, the new Jerusalem, is the image of perfect society, as well as of intensity and fullness of life in Christ. The ordinances express the essence of Ecclesiology ? union with Christ ? for Baptism symbolizes the incorporation of the believer in Christ, while the Lord?s Supper symbolizes the incorporation of Christ in the believer.
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