The term ‘union with Christ’ sums up the relationship between Christ and his people.
The church has understood this in various ways.
1. Incarnational union. This view, which was held my many of the early Fathers and continues to be held in the Eastern Orthodox tradition, is that in incarnation God in Christ became one with us in order to make us one with him. He took on our human nature in so that we might partake in his divine nature. …
One of the big differences between God and ourselves is that he is self-sufficient, having no need of anything outside of himself (Acts 17:24f), whereas we have a deep need both of God and of one another (on this latter point, see 1 Cor 12:21).
It is a principle of grace savingly wrought, whereby the heart becomes holy, and is made after God’s own heart. A sanctified person bears not only God’s name—but his image. In opening the nature of sanctification, I shall lay down these seven positions:
(1.) Sanctification is a SUPERNATURAL thing; it is divinely infused. We are naturally polluted, and to cleanse, God takes to be his prerogative. “I am the Lord, who sanctifies you.” Lev 21:8. …
eternal purpose – we have been ‘predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son’ (Romans 8:29).
historical purpose – ‘we…are being transformed [or changed] into his image’ (2 Corinthians 3:18).
eschatological purpose – ‘we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him’ (1 John 3:2).
Here, then, are three perspectives: past (we have been predestined), present (we are being changed), and future (we shall be like him), which all point to the same thing: that God wants us to be like Christ.…
“Live in the fear of the Lord always”, says Prov 23:17. “Fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell”, says our Lord, in Matt 10:28. “In all things obey … fearing the Lord”, writes Paul in Col 3:22.
Clearly, the fear of the Lord is not optional. But what effect does it have on people, when they truly perceive God in this way?
When he saw God, Manoah expected instant death (Jud 13:22).
The Plausibility Problem: the Church and Same-Sex Attraction. By Ed Shaw, IVP, 2015.
As others have pointed out, this is not just a book for those who experience same-sex attraction. It is a book for all of us, calling everyone back to biblical faithfulness and radical discipleship.
The basis of Ed Shaw’s argument is that the orthodox Christian view on same-sex attraction (“Just say no”) is implausible. Why on earth would we deny sexual intimacy to those who are attracted to members of their own sex? …
It is the will of God that we should be holy, as saith the text, ‘This is the will of God, your sanctification’ (1 Thess 4:3). As God’s word must be the rule, so his will, the reason of our actions. This is the will of God, our sanctification. Perhaps it is not the will of God we should be rich, but it is his will that we should be holy. God’s will is our warrant.…