The Nature of Union with Christ

The nature of union with Christ may be described according to three aspects.

  1. Mystical—Our individual and corporate union with Christ far transcends all earthly relationships in its spiritual intimacy, its transformative power, and its everlasting blessings; this also clearly distinguishes Christ’s mystical body from his personal human body.
  2. Legal—When a person trusts Christ, he or she is granted the complete and everlasting inheritance of the sons and daughters of God; this is the basis for God’s righteous bestowal of all the other gifts of union
  3. Organic—On the basis of justification, the Spirit grants all the other gifts and benefits of Christ; being grafted into the vine, we now draw sustenance from him and bear good fruit in him (John 15:1–17)