In some of my recent sermons you have heard me refer to our Union with Christ. Union with Christ seems to be something of a motif for the Apostle Paul in his New Testament letters. However, we also see the theme of Union with Christ very clearly in John’s Gospel. This Sunday we will investigate one of these passages (John 15:1-11). In the meantime, here is a brief quote to serve as a primer for Sunday’s sermon. In his book, Union with Christ, Todd Billings says the foundation of our union with Christ consists of a double grace. Billings wrote:
…in union with Christ we receive two distinct yet inseparable gifts: justification, in which we are declared righteous before God as ones who are clothed with Jesus Christ, and sanctification, the gift of new life, a new creation, which manifests itself in Spirit-empowered gratitude.
…this double grace of union with Christ moves us from our hardened, self-sufficient slavery to a way of being that is centered in Jesus Christ and freed for eager service to God in the world.
It sounds simple, yet it is profound. I am looking forward to Sunday!