As this series progresses, it continues to reassure me of my identity in Christ Jesus. I hope it is doing the same for you! If this is the first time you are reading this series here are the links to the others posts:
- Who Am I? I Am Accepted in Christ
- Who Am I? I Am God’s Child
- Who Am I? I Am Christ’s Friend
- Who Am I? I Am Justified in Christ
What does it mean to be united with Christ? There are many answers to this question, but there is one passage from Scripture that is extremely helpful.
Romans 6:1–14 (ESV)
6 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
First of all, being united with Christ means being dead to sin. If you are a believer that means that you have been crucified with Christ. You have been buried with him in the tomb. You have been raised to new life with him in the resurrection! We who are in Christ have been united with Christ in a death like his. If we have been united with him in his death, then we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection of new life.
Second, consider your old-self crucified with Christ. It is one thing to be dead to sin, but it is another thing to have your old-self crucified. With your old-self crucified with Christ the spirit of sin will no longer enslave you. “For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved” (2 Peter 2:19). The one who has died has been set free from sin.
Third, being united with Christ means that if we have died with him, we will live with him. Death no longer holds dominion over him or those who are in him. The death that he died conquered the power of sin for us. The resurrection and the life he now lives defeated death once and for all!
Fourth, consider yourself dead to sin and alive to God in Christ. Being united with Christ means that you must be holy as Christ is holy. Sin cannot be a part of your life any longer, for sin cannot be in the presence of God. This means that you must not let sin reign in your body. You cannot allow sin to make you obey its passions. Do not be an instrument, a vessel, a tool for unrighteousness. Being united with Christ means that you are dead to sin and are now instruments, vessels, tools for the Father to use for righteous deeds.
Union with Christ also means enmity with the world. Anything that the world does is against Christ. Anything that Christ does, loves, and desires for his people is against the world. Union with Christ means that you probably won’t be like by the world.
Popularity goes out the window when we are in Christ. All we should desire is to please and glorify the One who rescued us.
So, in conclusion, being united with Christ comes down to you recognized that your sins have been crucified and you have been raised to newness of life with Christ. We are no longer slaves to sin.
Romans 6:22 (ESV)
22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.