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Union with Christ in death and resurrection

            Robert Letham concludes his fine book with a chapter that describes the eschatological entailments of the union of members of Christ’s church with himself. Letham’s presentation Though our current experience of union with Christ is wonderful, its gloriousness will only be fully manifested at his return when we are transformed into his likeness. Now we share in Christ’s sufferings. This form of suffering is different from that which all … Continue reading

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Transformation through union with Christ

            Having described the effects of our legal change in status through union with Christ, Robert Letham proceeds to discuss the internal transformation that results from our union, in the fifth chapter of  Union with Christ: in Scripture, History and Theology. A recap of  Letham’s presentation Letham summarizes the key biblical texts that address the inner effect of our union with Christ and then he discusses sanctification. He describes the … Continue reading

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Union with Christ and Representation

The doctrine of election cannot be understood biblically and theologically if it is abstracted from its being in Christ. . . . it cannot be severed from the gospel, and it is the root and foundation of all the other ways in which union with Christ is worked out in human history and in the experience of the faithful. It is as far from fatalism as could be imagined. (Robert Letham, 66)       … Continue reading

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Baptism in the Spirit and Union with Christ

After creation and the incarnation, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit is the third great work of God (Herman Bavinck). Since we are united to Christ, God regards us in the identical way he does Christ. The Father treats us in exactly the same way as he does his own eternal and beloved Son (Robert Letham).           Robert Letham deals with Pentecost, in the third chapter of  Union with Christ: in … Continue reading

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Creation, Incarnation, and Union with Christ

          I have benefited significantly from previous work by Robert Letham, so I am happy to be reading his new work, Union with Christ: in Scripture, History and Theology. I have chosen to work through the book because I concur with Letham that “union with Christ is right at the center of the Christian doctrine of salvation,” and that “the whole of our relationship with God can be summed up in … Continue reading

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