“The man who is really living in union with Christ cannot be morally indifferent.” -Louis Berkhof, Summary of Christian Doctrine
“A cleft has opened in the pitiless walls of the world, and we are invited to follow our great Captain inside.” -C.S. Lewis, “The Weight of Glory”
“There is so much we could say about the cosmic and communal aspects of our union with Christ, but for now, let’s just whet our imaginations. Union with Christ means we are part of a larger family, a broader mission, a longer story, a bigger world, and a deeper love.” -Rankin Wilbourne, Union with Christ
“An awareness of the living Christ dwelling in you is how the Bible becomes a burning bush out of which God speaks to you.” -Rankin Wilbourne
“Now that we know what union with Christ is and why we need it, where it came from and where it went, in this next part we will come down from the attic and start to see how it will change your life. Union with Christ is a whole new mindset. It offers surprising answers to our oldest questions:
Identity— Who am I?
Destiny— Where am I headed?
Purpose— What should I be doing?
Hope— What can I hope for along the way?”
“Perhaps, then, another reason it’s difficult, if not impossible, for us to embrace union with Christ is because it displaces us from the center of our own lives, where we naturally love to be. It tells us that the most important part of our identity comes from outside ourselves and that, therefore, our posture needs to be one of dependence and vulnerability, of waiting and trust. To an age that embraces self-promotion as fervently as our own, union with Christ will come across not only as bizarre and strange but even distasteful and offensive.” -Rankin Wilbourne
“Scientists tell us that something called dark energy makes up about 75 percent of the universe. But the fascinating thing is, as one of today’s leading scientists admits, “no one knows what it is.” 1 So there’s something real, but invisible, and central to the world in which we live, something that permeates all we see and know, and not only do we rarely talk about it, but we’re not even sure where to start. If you’re wondering, Why do I need to know about union with Christ? Is it really necessary? I’ve gotten along fine thus far without understanding it. Perhaps you feel that union with Christ is like dark energy— invisible, mysterious, impractical, because it’s true that you can get through your whole life having never once thought about dark energy. And most of us do. But we have seen, in the last two chapters, that union with Christ is central to the gospel, biblically and historically.” -Rankin Wilbourne