Secure in our Saving God

I’ve just got back from UCCF: The Christian Unions Forum Conference 2010. It was a wonderful time of learning more of Jesus, being encouraged by searching the scriptures, praying and enjoying fellowship with 900 other Christian students in a field in Shropshire.

The highlight for me was the seminars I went to in the morning, aptly called ‘Secure in our Saving God’ led by Mike Reeves and Angus Moyes. You can listen to the audio here (I cannot recommend it highly enough). Having started on the first morning looking at a rounded view of the doctrine of original sin and federal headship, how in Adam we are sinners because he first sinned, we moved on to salvation being found in Christ alone, and more specifically the crucial truth that we can only be justified before our holy Father through being united in Jesus.

I have never before realised Union with Christ is absolutely essential. It warms my heart to the very depths hearing of the fact that I am clothed with Christ, it is in itself the life transforming message of the gospel. Isaiah 61:10 says ‘I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness.’ Christ alone is my robe of righteousness. I wore a robe of death.

The Bishop of Durham, N.T. Wright, claims that on the cross righteousness and sin cannot be transferred between Jesus and a sinner as if by osmosis. And this would be a credible argument, if this was actually the evangelical claim. But it isn’t the claim at all. We only receive Christ’s righteousness because we are actually wrapped up in him. In salvation, it is as if we are grafted into Him so that he can carry our body of sin and death, and we can claim his very own righteousness for our own. Ephesians 1 is helpful in showing how all the Spiritual blessings are not from Him as such, but rather are found in Him!

And there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, because He is the same yesterday, today and forever. If you are a Christian, you can be secure in the Saving God because He is our means of knowing the Father at all times, today and forever.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed Forum, bro! I wish I was there to hang out with ya.
    Also, it’s great to hear your reflections on the doctrine of union with Christ.
    I recommend Calvin’s Institutes for more edifying reflection on it. Unfortunately, he addresses it throughout the work, which means he doesn’t isolate it (although book 3, chapter 1 is a start). But that also gives you the excuse to read the whole thing 😉
    If you give it a shot, go for the McNeil/Battles translation! Avoid the Beveridge translation like the plague.

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  2. Thanks for your comments, Zac. The Institutes are on my ‘hit list’, so when the Student Loan comes in, the purchase is very much a possibility. Your advice on which translation is invaluable, I wouldn’t have a clue, so thanks!

    Union with Christ is truly wonderful! I realise I have only scratched the surface of it this week, and in this post, only the surface of the surface!

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  3. Nice blog Nick 🙂

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