Today I woke up with a long list of grievances I compiled through the night of all the things that were wrong in my life.
Instead of realizing this was a tactic of the devil, I indulged in my black mood.
I vented all over my husband. I criticized the condition of our home. My children weren’t living up to my expectations. Even the cat was wrong today, if we had a cat.
I had no desire to pray on my way to work. Truth is, I was going to continue grumbling and enjoying my well-deserved pity party of one.
But then I reached into my book bag and pulled out an article on the doctrine of our Union with Christ. It was written fifty years ago by noted English bible teacher, Arthur Pink.
God met me there because when I finished it, my gloom was gone and I was rejoicing in the gospel.
Here’s what I learned that changed my heart:
1) Those old saints knew their stuff and preached it. The deep truths, mostly forgotten today because they might offend, are the only prescription for a healthy heart.
2) The doctrine of the Union with Christ is central to our understanding of who were are as Christians. Without it, we see ourselves as individuals tied to a lifeline to Christ, much like an astronaut twirling in space who is attached by a cord to the space capsule.
3) We view Christ as a solo act, independent of the Father and the Holy Spirit, and separated from the people he came to save. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
4) Christ and his people are inseparable – it is an eternal union that began before the foundation of the world and made known and enjoyed in time.
5) It is the foundation for all the other blessings we enjoy in Christ – the new birth (regeneration), the forgiveness of sins (justification), the remodel of our lives (sanctification), and our new bodies (glorification).
6) This union is so real and vital and intimate that God has never viewed us apart from Christ! And God never sees Christ apart from his church. He is the head of the church.
4) We are told in Scripture that Jesus became flesh for us; when he died on the cross, we died with him; when he was buried, we went into the tomb with him; and when he was resurrected, we were raised with him.
We have never been alone!
We are never alone now.
And we will never be alone in heaven. We belong to Jesus and that union is secured for an eternity.
All of these blessings come to us through the gospel and by faith in Christ.
He secured them. He merited them for us. He has given them to us.
Ephesians says we are seated with him in the heavenly places. That’s because Jesus is there, and where he is, that’s where we are, too.
Go out and tell somebody you have a new address!