Union with Christ; March 26, 2019

Romans 7:4 So, my brothers, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit to God.

By current standards this verse would be considered PG13, at least, and many adults would be uncomfortable with it as well. We have made sex to be “attractively dirty,” and have trouble considering it as something spiritual at all. Frankly, I think that is to our great loss. We lower it to the level of animals, and that deprives us of some of the most beautiful imagery in the Bible. Here, this is also something of a “gender bender,” because it speaks of believers of either gender “bearing fruit” (birthing children) for God. Even secular psychologists tell us that sex has a strong emotional component, and treating it lightly can cause severe emotional damage. Paul goes even further, speaking of spiritual unity in sex, even if it’s with a prostitute. (1 Corinthians 6:15) That’s pretty extreme! Today, someone having only one partner throughout life is the exception rather than the rule, and that is a very sad state of affairs. Sometimes it takes a special revelation from God for us to grasp the reality of our “union” with Christ. Even talking about it feels awkward! However, God designed us so that the marital relationship can teach us a great deal about our relationship with Him, if we will allow it to do so.

This naturally applies to me as much as it does to anyone else. I have been enormously blessed with a good marriage, and we celebrate our 50th anniversary this year. That has given me a lot of appreciation for this spiritual truth. My wife and I are not only united physically, but spiritually to a degree that I could not have imagined 50 years ago. Over those years we have also grown in our unity with our Lord. I’m very grateful that there’s no such thing as “spiritual menopause;” we can keep having spiritual children as long as we are on this earth. Medical reasons have limited us to two physical children, but we have many more spiritual children and pray to keep growing the family! However, just as with physical children, “it takes two to tango;” I cannot generate spiritual children on my own. I’ve got to “stay intimate” with my Lord if I’m going to keep “bearing fruit” for Him.

Father, thank You for this glorious reality. It’s hard to write about, even for me! I do pray that I would be able to draw ever closer to You, so that our union may produce the fruit that You intend, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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