words, because he is virtually one person with the Redeemer. In Christ the believer is prophet, priest, and king.

<441339> Acts 13:39 ? ?by him [lit.: ?in him? = in union with him] every one that believeth is justified?; <450607>Romans 6:7, 8 ? ?he that hath died is justified from sin...we died with Christ?; 7:4 ? ?dead to the law through the body of Christ?; 8:1 ? ?no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus?; 17 ?heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ?; <460130>1 Corinthians 1:30 ? ?But of him ye are in Christ Jesus, who was made unto us wisdom from God and righteousness [justification]?; 3:21, 23 ? ?all things are yours...and ye are Christ?s?; 6:11 ? ?ye were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God?; <470514>2 Corinthians 5:14 ? ?we thus judge, that one died for all, therefore all died?; 21 ? ?Him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; that we might become the righteousness [justification] of God in him? = God?s justified persons, in union with Christ (see pages 760, 761).

<480220> Galatians 2:20 ? ?I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I that live, but Christ liveth in me?; <490104>Ephesians 1:4, 6 ? ?chose us in the praise of the glory of his grace, which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved?; 2:5, 6 ? ?even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ...made us to sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus?; <500308>Philippians 3:8, 9 ? ?that I may gain Christ, and be found in him, not having a righteousness of mine own, even that which is of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith?; <550211>2 Timothy 2:11 ? ?Faithful is the saying: For if we died with him, we shall also live with him.? Prophet: <421212>Luke 12:12 ? ?the Holy Spirit shall teach you in that very hour what ye ought to say; <620220>1 John 2:20 ? ?ye have an anointing from the Holy One, and ye know all things.? Priest: <600205>1 Peter 2:5 ? ?a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ?; Revelations 20:6 ? ?they shall be priests of God and of Christ?; <600209>1 Peter 2:9 ? ?a royal priesthood.? King: Revelations 3:21 ? ?He that overcometh, I will give to him to sit down with me in my throne?; 5:10 ? ?madest them to be unto our God a kingdom and priests.? The connection ofjustification and union with Christ delivers the former from the charge of being a mechanical and arbitrary procedure. As Jonathan Edwards has said: ?The justification of the believer is no other than his being admitted to communion in, or participation of, this head and surety of all believers.?

(d) Union with Christ secures to the believer the continuously transforming, assimilating power of Christ?s life first, for the soul and

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