What is “Union with Christ” and why is it important? Here are some quotes from notable theologians as to the importance of this doctrine:
“Being in Christ, and united to him, is the fundamental constitution of a Christian.” (Thomas Goodwin as quoted by Wilbourne, Rankin. Union with Christ: The Way to Know and Enjoy God, Kindle Locations 355-356, David C. Cook)
“That indwelling of Christ in our hearts … that mystical union [is] accorded by us the highest degree of importance.” (John Calvin as quoted by ibid. Kindle Locations 352-354)
John Murray wrote that “union with Christ is . . . the central truth of the whole doctrine of salvation. . . . It is not simply a phase of the application of redemption; it underlies every aspect of redemption” (Redemption–Accomplished and Applied [Eerdmans, 1955], pp. 201, 205).
Anthony Hoekema wrote that “Once you have your eyes opened to this concept of union with Christ, you will find it almost everywhere in the New Testament” (Saved by Grace [Eerdmans, 1989], 64.
New Series at OCC:
During the Reformation, 500 years ago, many rediscovered key doctrines of the Christian faith that had been forgotten or distorted over time. One of these key doctrines is the “Union with Christ”. Join us for the month of August as we look into this foundational and practical doctrine in this 500 anniversary of the Reformation.