Union with Christ

True Discipleship is living in union with Jesus

John 14:23 Jesus replied, €˜Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.'

Introduction: True Discipleship
Union with Jesus: True Discipleship is living in union with Jesus
Chapter 1: What does union with Jesus mean?
Chapter 2: The Lord Jesus is truly Lord of All
Chapter 3: Jesus wants his disciples to be united with him
Chapter 4: How is union with Jesus maintained?
Chapter 5: Disciples of the Lord Jesus
Chapter 6: Beneficial results of being united with Jesus
Chapter 7: Those not in union with Jesus are punished
Chapter 8: Union with Jesus illustrated


True Discipleship is living in Union with Jesus!

Much of the Christianity that I have experienced does not show this Union with Jesus at all.

True Discipleship is an exciting and fulfilling experience. A consciousness, where personal communication or exchange between a divine God in three persons and a created human being is the secret of the whole of it.
John 14:23 Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. (NIV bible)

Revelation 3:20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. (NIV bible)

When you study the Holy Bible over a period of time you will see with great clarity that it describes those who are right with the Lord Jesus Christ, as having a living relationship with Him, His Father, the Holy Spirit, and each other.


Jesus is Head of the Church.
There is only one head of the Church and He is the Lord Jesus Christ.
Eph 1:22-23; Eph 4:15-16; Col 1:18.


Jesus desires union.
It was, and still is, His desire for all His Disciples to be united with Himself, His Father God, and the Holy Spirit who counsels and teaches them. It is these Disciples, world wide, who make up the true Church of Christ.
John 17:21-23.

For union with Jesus to exist, He must be in you.
Eph 3:17; Col 1:27.

And you must be in Him.
2 Cor 12:2; 1 John 5:20.

To be united with Jesus is to also be united with God.
John 14:23; John 17:21; 1 John 2:24.

For union with Jesus is of God.
1 Cor 1:30.


How is this Union Maintained?

You must have faith in Him alone.
Gal 2:20; Eph 3:17.

You must continue to abide with Him.
John 15:4-7.

His word must abide in you.
John 15:7; 1 John 2:24; 2 John 9.

You must feed on Him.
1 John 3:24.

You must obey Him.
1 John 3:24.

The Holy Spirit witnesses to your union.
1 John 3:24.

The gift of the Holy Spirit is an evidence of your union.
1 John 4:13.


True Disciples.

Have union with Jesus:

In mind.
1 Cor 2:16; Phil 2:5.

In Spirit.
1 Cor 6:17.

In love.
Song of Songs 2:16; Song of Songs 7:10.

In sufferings.
Phil3:10; 2 Tim 2:12.

In His death.
Rom 6:3-8; Gal 2:20.

They have assurance of their union.
John 14:20.

They enjoy union in the Lord's Supper.
1 Cor 10:16:17.

They are identified with Christ by their union.
Matt 25:40-45; Acts 9:4 with Acts 8:1.

They are complete through their union.
Col 2:10.

They are exhorted to maintain their union.
John 15:4; Acts 11:23; Col 2:7.

Union is necessary to growth in grace.
Eph 4:15-16; Col 2:19.

Union is necessary to fruitfulness.
John 15:4-5.


The Beneficial Results of this Union with Jesus.

Righteousness imputed.
2 Cor 5:21; Phil 3:9.

Freedom from condemnation.
Rom 8:1.

Being created anew.
2 Cor 5:17.

The spirit alive to righteousness.
Rom 8:10.

Confidence at His coming.
1 John 2:28.

Abundant fruitfulness.
John 15:5.

Answers to prayer.
John 15:7.

They who have it ought to walk as He walked.
1 John 2:6.

Their union is indissoluble.
Rom 8:35.


False Teachers.

False teachers do not have this union.
Col 2:18-19.

Those who do not have it will be punished.
John 15:6.


Union with Jesus is illustrated by.

Vine and Branches.
John 15:1, 5.

Foundation and Building.
1 Cor 3:10-11; Eph 2:20-21; 1 Pet 2:4-6.

Body and Members.
1 Cor 12:12, 27; Eph 5:30.

Husband and Wife.
Eph 5:25-32.

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