Life in Christ
As already discussed, when Adam sinned he destroyed the relationship/unity mankind had with God. By rebelling against God mankind was cut off from love and life. In Christ all who share in his spirit have become members of a new human union under God. Therefore each member lives and loves because they are united to Christ.

Christ is the head of this new humanity, just as each new human is born from the flesh of Adam each member of this new human union is born from the spirit of Christ. He is the source of all. Which means growth and good works only come as a result of being united to Christ. Each member must (as Christ’s image bearers) seek to live out their union with him (and one another) as he instructed and demonstrated (in love). humanity is nothing and can do no good apart from Christ.

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.
(John 15:1-6 ESV)

It is right for those who are united in Christ to relate to him with obedience, as he acted toward God while he was in the flesh of Adam. Each member must practice obedience in unity. Their joy will be complete through mutual love in unity as they direct all their desires and affections toward Christ by obeying his will. Therefore the actions of the true Christianwill show what is already true, they are in Christ.

God is and will always be the ultimate authority over determining who is united to Christ and will be saved from his justice on the last day. While Jesus is the head of this new human union God will always be greater.

Love in Unity.
This is the nature of unity, love in unity. All who are in Christ must possess and practice the love that Christ demonstrated to all. This did not originate from himself, rather he learned it from his Father (God the Father). To teach anything other than what was given to him would constitute a rebellion and disunity with his Father. Therefore through the obedience of Christ all are united in God, who reigns supreme.

If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.
(John 15:7-8 ESV)

Knowing all this Christ gives a single command: “…love one another as I have loved you” (vs12). Jesus is commanding unity in himself.

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

If you are his you will love as he loves, making him all and in all. It is only those who are united in Christ that share the benefits of his love in unity.

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