Perkins On What Union With Christ Does And Does Not Mean

Believers are not one with Christ by transfusion of the properties and qualities of the Godhead or manhood unto us. It may be said, how then are they one with Him? I answer, by one and the same Spirit dwelling in Christ and in all the members of Christ. “He that cleaveth to the Lord, is one Spirit” (1 Cor. 6:17). Paul says in this sense that Christ makes the two distinct nations of Jews and Gentiles “one new man” (Eph. 2:15). St. John says, that Christ “dwells in us and we in him by the Spirit’ (1 John 3:24). … all the saints in heaven and all believers upon earth, having one and the same Spirit of Christ dwelling in them, are all one in Christ.

William Perkins | The Works of William Perkins, ed. Paul M. Smalley, Joel R. Beeke, and Derek W. H. Thomas, vol. 2 (Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2015), 234–35.


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