Christ Jesus our Lord?; 1 Thess. 4:14, 17 ? ?them also that are fallen asleep in Jesus will God bring with him...then we that are alive, that are left, shall together with them be caught up in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air and so shall we ever be with the Lord.?
Christ?s omnipresence makes it possible for him to be united to, and to be present in, each believer, as perfectly and fully as if that believer were the only one to receive Christ?s fullness. As Christ?s omnipresence makes the whole Christ present in every place, each believer has the whole Christ with him, as his source of strength, purity, life so that each may say that Christ gives all his time and wisdom and care to me. Such a union as this lacks every element of instability. Once formed, the union is indissoluble. Many of the ties of earth are rudely broken but not so with our union with Christ because that endures forever.
Since there is now an unchangeable and divine element in us, our salvation depends no longer upon our unstable wills but upon Christ?s purpose and power. By temporary declension from duty, or by our causeless unbelief, we may banish Christ to the barest and most remote room of the soul?s house but he does not suffer us wholly to exclude him. When we are willing to unbar the doors, he is still there, ready to fill the whole mansion with his light and love.
(e) An inscrutable union, mystical, however, only in the sense of surpassing in its intimacy and value any other union of souls which we know.
This union is inscrutable, indeed but it is not mystical, in the sense of being unintelligible to the Christian or beyond the reach of his experience. If we call it mystical at all, it should be only because, in the intimacy of its communion and in the transforming power of its influence, it surpasses any other union of souls that we know and so cannot be fully described or understood by earthly analogies. <490532>Ephesians 5:32 ? ?This mystery is great: but I speak in regard of Christ and of the church?; <510127>Colossians 1:27 ? ?the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.?
See Diman, Theistic Argument, 380 ? ?As physical science has brought us to the conclusion that back of all the phenomena of the material universe there lies an invisible universe of forces and that these forces may ultimately be reduced to one all-pervading force in which the unity of the physical universe consists and philosophy has advanced the rational conjecture that this ultimate all-pervading force is simply will-force. The great Teacher holds up to us the spiritual universe as pervaded by one omnipotent life ? a life which was revealed in him as its highest
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