Union with Christ 2

The Lord Jesus is truly Lord of All

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


Union with Christ.

The Lord Jesus Christ as Head of the Church.
Eph 1:22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.


The Lord's Dominion:

Is Eternal.
Isa 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isa 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.

Da 7:14 He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshipped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.

Is Universal.
Zec 9:10 I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the war horses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.

Is Over Nature.
Mt 8:27 The men were amazed and asked, "What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!"

Mk 1:27 The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, "What is this? A new teaching - and with authority! He even gives orders to evil spirits and they obey him."

Jn 3:35 The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands.

Is Over The Church.
Eph 1:22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,

Is Over Heavenly Powers.
1 Pe 3:22 who has gone into heaven and is at God's right hand - with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.


The Lord Jesus Christ is in Charge of the Church.
Eph 1:22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,

Eph 4:15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.

Eph 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Saviour.

Col 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.

Col 2:19 He has lost connection with the Head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.


The Lord Jesus Christ is King.
Ps 2:6 "I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill."

Isa 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.

Isa 32:1 See, a king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice.

Jer 23:5 "The days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land.

Da 7:14 He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.

Zec 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Mt 2:2 and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him."

Mt 21:5 "Say to the Daughter of Zion, 'See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.'"

Mt 25:34 "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.

Lk 1:33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."

Jn 1:49 Then Nathanael declared, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel."

Jn 18:37 "You are a king, then!" said Pilate.

Jesus answered, "You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me."

1 Co 15:25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.


The Church.

Is Called the Body of Christ.
Ro 12:5 so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

1 Co 12:27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

Eph 1:23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Eph 4:12 to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up

Col 1:24 Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ's afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church.

Col 2:19 He has lost connection with the Head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.


The Fullness of Christ.
Jn 1:16 From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.

Eph 1:22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,

Eph 1:23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Eph 4:13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Col 1:19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,


Spiritual Growth.
Eph 4:15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Commanded:

In Fruitfulness.
2 Co 9:10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.

Into Christ.
Eph 4:15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.

In Love.
1 Th 3:12 May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.

1 Th 4:10 And in fact, you do love all the brothers throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers, to do so more and more.

To Perfection.
Heb 6:1 Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God,

Through the Word.
1 Pe 2:2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,

By Accretion.
2 Pe 1:5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;

2 Pe 1:6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;

In Grace and Knowledge.
2 Pe 3:18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.


Spiritual Maturity.

How Secured:

By Putting Away Childish Things.
1 Co 13:11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.

By Cultivating the Understanding.
1 Co 14:20 Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.

By Striving After the Christ Ideal.
Eph 4:13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

By Partaking of the Deeper Truths of the Gospel.
Heb 5:14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.

By Overcoming Temptation.
1 Jn 2:14 I write to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one.


Truthfulness.

The duty of truthfulness.
Pr 12:19 Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.

Zec 8:16 These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgement in your courts;

Malachi 2:6 True instruction was in his mouth and nothing false was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and turned many from sin.

2 Co 12:6 Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say.

Eph 4:25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbour, for we are all members of one body.

Eph 6:14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,


Spiritual Progress.

Is a Characteristic of the Righteous.
Job 17:9 Nevertheless, the righteous will hold to their ways, and those with clean hands will grow stronger.

Ps 84:7 They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.

Ps 92:12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;

Pr 4:18 The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.

2 Co 3:18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

1 Ti 4:15 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.


Spiritual Love.

The Pr-eminence of Love.
1 Co 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Gal 5:6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Eph 3:17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,

Eph 3:18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,

Eph 3:19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Eph 4:16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Eph 5:2 and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Col 1:8 and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.

Col 3:14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

1 Ti 6:11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.

1 Jn 4:16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.


Unity of Believers.

In Christ.
Ro 12:5 so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

1 Co 10:17 Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.

1 Co 12:12 The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.

Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Eph 4:13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.


Pre-eminence of Christ.
Col 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.

Mt 3:11 "I baptise you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

Jn 3:31 "The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all.

Jn 13:13 "You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and rightly so, for that is what I am.

Ac 2:36 "Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ."

Ro 14:9 For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.

Col 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.

Heb 1:4 So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.

Heb 3:3 Jesus has been found worthy of greater honour than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honour than the house itself.

Heb 8:6 But the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, and it is founded on better promises.

Rev 1:11 which said: "Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea."


Resurrection of Christ.

Emphasised in the Epistles.
Ro 1:4 and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.

Ro 4:25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.

Ro 6:9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.

Ro 10:9 That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

1 Co 15:4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

1 Co 15:17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.

Eph 1:20 which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,

1 Th 4:14 We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.

2 Ti 2:8 Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel,

1 Pe 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

1 Pe 3:18 For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit,


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

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