United with Christ

“What a wondrous thing it is that even though Jesus Christ has been exalted to the throne of God, absent from us in the flesh, we may nevertheless now be united to him in a manner far more intimate than the fellowship enjoyed by the disciples with Jesus during his earthly ministry. Having united himself to us in our flesh, in our sins, in our suffering and death, he now unites us to himself in his new-creation life by his Spirit.”

— Michael Horton
The Christian Faith
(Grand Rapids, Mi.: Zondervan, 2011), 587

(HT: Of First Importance)

Peter serves as a pastor-teacher, at home and abroad, resourcing gospel-centred communities.

4 thoughts on “United with Christ

    • Hi Brian,
      I have not read Horton yet. I’m sure it will take its place along side the likes of Grudem et al, but with a more Gospel-centred/salvation-history slant running through it rather than a systematic approach. I think it will feel immediately more applied/pastoral/dogmatic.
      I’m saving up for it!


      Here’s a review you might fin helpful:

      The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way
      by Michael Horton

      Michael Horton’s The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way, has to be the most highly anticipated book in a long time. It is also the most important theological text (from a Reformed perspective) to come along in some time.

      Let me just say, I am blown away.I can say without embarrassment that I am one of Mike’s biggest fans. I know him well, and I’ve worked with him a long time (since 1984 to be exact). His four volume “Covenant” series (a theological prolegomena published by Westminster/John Knox) is absolutely stellar and groundbreaking in many ways. But that series doesn’t come close to The Christian Faith in terms of importance and value to Christ’s church.

      Barring some unexpected turn of events, my guess is that this will be Michael’s magnum opus, that one theological work for which he will be forever known. It is that good.

      The Christian Faith is everything I hoped for, and then some. It is not a replacement for Berkhof, as I had hoped. It is better than that. This is a completely new statement of the Christian faith from a Reformed perspective written for Christians living in the 21st century. It has an “apologetics” feel to it, without any smugness or lack of charity toward those with whom Horton disagrees.

      It is very crisply written and concise, it covers an amazing amount of ground, and it demonstrates a thorough grasp of pretty much the entire contemporary theological landscape. Imagine Calvin, Turretin, and the Heidelberg Catechism, being utilized in a running dialogue with virtually every contemporary theologian and movement of any significance you can name. Horton pulls it off.

      The sections are biblically rich (the right texts, used in the right way), Mike capably summarizes the history of debate on each topic, and then offers wise and thoughtful solutions to a host of theological challenges. This book will stimulate both mind and heart. No dead orthodoxy here!

      Well, if you haven’t gotten the point by now, let me just say “buy it!”

      This is a text we’ll be using for years to come! Much of any future Reformed theological reflection, debate, and discussion, will be conducted in the light of this book.

      -Kim Riddlebarger

  1. Peter,

    Thanks for all your work in making known these sources!



    Enjoy, and worship!

    “God is LIGHT
    and in Him is no darkness at all”

    God is LIGHT:
    The dazzling bright
    Of power and purity;
    Mystery of Trinity;
    Life’s source, its energy;
    Truth and integrity;
    Foundation of being,
    Insight and knowing;
    Moral righteousness;
    Flawless holiness.
    In Him is no darkness,
    But guidance for blindness;
    The illumination,
    And revelation
    Of might and majesty,
    Radiance and glory.

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