March 26, 2013

Union with Christ: no beginning and no end

Union with Christ has its source in the election of God the Father before the foundation of the world and its fruition in the glorification of the sons of God.

The perspective of God’s people is not narrow; it is broad and it is long. It is not confined to space and time; it has the expanse of eternity. Its orbit has two foci, one the electing love of God the Father in the counsels of eternity, the other glorification with Christ in the manifestation of his glory. The former has no beginning, the latter has no end.

— John Murray
Redemption Accomplished and Applied
(Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1955), 164