This union was complete in eternity, and by faith I now see it, though I grow in the grace of faith to more clearly see and more earnestly rely on Christ and more ardently love Him for His love to my soul (Ephesians 3:16-21). Crucified with Him, risen with Him, living on Him and one day soon I shall know even as I am now known: that Christ, the Son of God truly loved me, really gave Himself for me, and gives Himself to me, and is all my life because I am eternally one with Him.
This union is the basis of His redemption, His substitution and His Suretyship for me. It is the basis of all life and blessings from Him to my soul. Truly, as branches are one with the vine, every believer is one with Christ. As the body is one with the head, every member of Christ is joined to Him. As the wife is one with her husband, and as the bond of this union is love, every believer is one with Christ and eternally bound to Him by His everlasting love. Joined to Him in eternal election, saved by His eternal redemption, born of God by His Spirit, all flowing from His love, issuing in faith, causing me to draw life from Him. “I now live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”