Union with Christ 4

How is union with Jesus maintained?

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

Maintained by:

Faith.
Gal 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.


Spiritual Life.

Sustained by the Word of God.
Dt 8:3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.

Isa 55:3 Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David.

Secured through Faith.
Jn 5:24 "I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.

Jn 20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

Ro 6:11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Ro 8:10 But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness.

Necessitates Death to Sin and Self.
2 Co 4:11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body.

2 Co 5:15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

Gal 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Christ, the Supreme Objective of.
Php 1:21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

1 Pe 4:6 For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to men in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.

Love the Demonstration of.
1 Jn 3:14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death.


Spiritual Love of Christ for Men.

Unchangeable.
Jn 13:1 It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.

Divine.
Jn 15:9 "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.

Self-sacrificing.
Jn 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

Inseparable.
Ro 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

Compelling.
2 Co 5:14 For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.

Sacrificial.
Gal 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

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.

Manifested by his Death.
1 Jn 3:16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.


Sin's Penalty and Christ's Sacrifice.

Offered Himself as a Sacrifice.
Jn 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

2 Co 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

Gal 1:4 who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,

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.

Tit 2:14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

Heb 9:26 Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.

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,

1 Jn 3:16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.

Rev 1:5 and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood,


The Surrendered Life.

Death to Sin.
Ro 6:2 By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?

Ro 6:7 because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.

Ro 6:11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Gal 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Gal 5:24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.

Col 2:20 Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules:

Col 3:3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

2 Ti 2:11 Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him;

1 Pe 2:24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.


Dying with Christ.

Fellowship with Christ's Death.
Ro 6:6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin

Ro 8:36 As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered."

2 Co 4:11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body.

Gal 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Col 2:20 Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules:

Col 3:3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

2 Ti 2:11 Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him;


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

Jn 15:4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

Jn 15:7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.


Human Weakness.

Renders Men Dependent upon God.
2 Ch 20:12 O our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you."

Ps 127:1 Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labour in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.

Jer 10:23 I know, O LORD, that a man's life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps.

Jn 3:27 To this John replied, "A man can receive only what is given him from heaven.

Jn 15:5 "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

2 Co 3:5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.


His word abiding in us.
Jn 15:7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.


Prayer

Answers Promised.
Ps 91:15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honour him.

Isa 41:17 "The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the LORD will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.

Isa 58:9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. "If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk,

Isa 65:24 Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.

Jer 33:3 'Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.'

Zec 13:9 This third I will bring into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, 'They are my people,' and they will say, 'The LORD is our God.'"

Lk 11:9 "So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

Jn 14:14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

Jn 15:7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.

1 Jn 3:22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.


Prayer.

Special Exhortations to.
1 Ki 3:5 At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, "Ask for whatever you want me to give you."

Zec 10:1 Ask the LORD for rain in the springtime; it is the LORD who makes the storm clouds. He gives showers of rain to men, and plants of the field to everyone.

Mt 7:8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

Mt 21:22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."

Lk 11:9 "So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

Jn 14:13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.

Jn 15:7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.

Jn 16:24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

Jas 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

1 Jn 5:14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.


Words of Christ:

Imperishable.
Mk 13:31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

Gracious.
Lk 4:22 All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. "Isn't this Joseph's son?" they asked.

Authoritative.
Lk 4:32 They were amazed at his teaching, because his message had authority.

Spiritual.
Jn 6:63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.

Life-giving.
Jn 6:68 Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.

Incomparable.
Jn 7:46 "No one ever spoke the way this man does," the guards declared.

Words of Judgement.
Jn 12:48 There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day.

Divine.
Jn 14:24 He 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.

1 Ti 6:3 If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching,


Power of Prayer.

Dependent upon Faith.
Mt 21:22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."

Jn 14:13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.

Unlimited to those who Abide in Christ.

Jn 15:7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.

To be most Effective, should be accompanied by Praise.

Ac 16:25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.

Ac 16:26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody's chains came loose.

Manifest in the life of Elijah.
Jas 5:18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.


Examples:

Jacob.
Ge 32:26 Then the man said, "Let me go, for it is daybreak." But Jacob replied, "I will not let you go unless you bless me." 27 The man asked him, "What is your name?" "Jacob," he answered. 28 Then the man said, "Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome."

Elijah.
1 Ki 17:21 Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried to the LORD, "O LORD my God, let this boy's life return to him!" 22 The LORD heard Elijah's cry, and the boy's life returned to him, and he lived.

The dying thief.
Lk 23:42 Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. "

Early disciples.
Ac 4:31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

Today's disciples.


Warnings.
1 Jn 2:24 See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father.

2 Jn 9 Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.


Disobedience.

Penalty for.
Dt 11:28 the curse if you disobey the commands of the LORD your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known.

Dt 28:15 However, if you do not obey the LORD your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:

1 Sa 12:15 But if you do not obey the LORD, and if you rebel against his commands, his hand will be against you, as it was against your fathers.

1 Sa 28:18 Because you did not obey the LORD or carry out his fierce wrath against the Amalekites, the LORD has done this to you today.

1 Ki 13:21 He cried out to the man of God who had come from Judah, "This is what the LORD says: 'You have defied the word of the LORD and have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you.

Jer 12:17 But if any nation does not listen, I will completely uproot and destroy it," declares the LORD.

Eph 5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient.

2 Th 1:8 He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.

2 Th 1:8 He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.

1 Ti 1:9 We also know that law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious; for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers,

Heb 2:2 For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment,

Heb 2:3 how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him.


Christ our Saviour.

Is Absolutely Indispensable and the Only Saviour.

The Only Intercessor.
Isa 59:16 He saw that there was no one, he was appalled that there was no one to intervene; so his own arm worked salvation for him, and his own righteousness sustained him.

The Only Remedy.
Jn 3:14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,

Jn 3:15 that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.

The Only Nourishment.
Jn 6:35 Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.

The Only Source of Truth.
Jn 6:67 "You do not want to leave too, do you?" Jesus asked the Twelve.

Jn 6:68 Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.

The Only Saviour.
Ac 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."

The Only Foundation.
1 Co 3:11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.


Jesus the Only Saviour.

Gift of Love.
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

He alone has the Saving Message.
John 6:68 Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.

Rejection of Him means Death.
John 8:24 I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins."

His is the only Saving Name.
Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."

His Sacrificial Death is the Central Theme of Preaching.
1 Corinthians 2:2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.

All Hope of Eternal Life is built upon Him.
1 Corinthians 3:11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.


Divine Teacher.

The Teaching of Christ.
Mt 7:28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching,

Mk 4:2 He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said:

Jn 7:16 Jesus answered, "My teaching is not my own. It comes from him who sent me.

2 Jn 1:9 Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.


Whoever.

Of Condemnation.
Ex 32:33 The LORD replied to Moses, "Whoever has sinned against me I will blot out of my book.

Dt 18:19 If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name, I myself will call him to account.

Mt 5:22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgement. Again, anyone who says to his brother, 'Raca,' is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell.

Jn 8:34 Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.

Ro 2:1 You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgement on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgement do the same things.

1 Jn 2:23 No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

1 Jn 3:4 Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.

1 Jn 3:10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.

1 Jn 3:15 Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.

2 Jn 1:9 Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.


Obeying Him.
1 Jn 3:24 Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.


Spiritual Assurance.
Col 2:2 My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ,

1 Th 1:5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake.

2 Ti 1:12 That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.

Heb 10:22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

1 Jn 2:3 We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.

1 Jn 3:19 This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence

1 Jn 4:13 We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.

1 Jn 5:10 Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son.


Holy Spirit.

Bearing Witness to the Spiritual Adoption of Believers.
Ro 8:16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.

Gal 4:6 Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "[Abba], Father."

1 Jn 3:24 Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

1 Jn 4:13 We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.

1 Jn 5:6 This is the one who came by water and blood - Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.


Knowledge.

Seven Great Truths that May be Known by the Believer.
Job 19:25 I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.

Isa 50:7 Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.

Jn 4:41 And because of his words many more became believers.

Jn 4:42 They said to the woman, "We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Saviour of the world."

Ro 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

2 Co 5:1 Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.

2 Ti 1:12 That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.

1 Jn 3:2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

1 Jn 3:14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death.

1 Jn 3:24 Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.


Obedience.

Blessings Promised for.
Ex 19:5 Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine,

Dt 4:30 When you are in distress and all these things have happened to you, then in later days you will return to the LORD your God and obey him.

Dt 5:29 Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever!

Dt 7:12 If you pay attention to these laws and are careful to follow them, then the LORD your God will keep his covenant of love with you, as he swore to your forefathers.

Dt 28:1 If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.

1 Ki 3:14 And if you walk in my ways and obey my statutes and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life."

Job 36:11 If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment.

Zec 3:7 "This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'If you will walk in my ways and keep my requirements, then you will govern my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you a place among these standing here.

Jas 1:25 But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it - he will be blessed in what he does.

1 Jn 3:22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.

Rev 22:14 "Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.


The Holy Spirit witnesses to.
1 Jn 3:24 Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.


The gift of the Holy Spirit is an evidence of.
1 Jn 4:13 We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his 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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