Monday, December 04, 2017

Unity with Christ. How'd I miss that?

Do you have the experience of reading a verse a million times and then, all of a sudden, looking at it differently? A verse like this one:
and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” (Acts 9:4)
I always read this verse as it pertains to Saul's salvation, as in:  Most. Calvinistic. Conversion. Ever. Saul's singular, true experience of being in rebellion against God until he was knocked to the ground that then serves as a metaphor for all of our conversions.

Or, I've looked at it in terms of Saul's zealous, bigoted persecution of the Hellenist Christians while he turned something of a blind eye toward the Hebrew Christians.

But in Pastor Ryan's sermon yesterday he pointed out the obvious, obvious except to someone with a skull as thick as mine. Saul was not charged with persecuting the Church, or Christians--no, he was charge with persecuting Christ: why are you persecuting Me? Saul's attack on the visible church was equivalent to a direct, frontal assault on our Lord. Why? Because of our unity with Christ. 

I know, it's simple, but I just got it.

Makes me wonder what else I don't see, missed because I'm looking for something to support some doctrine du jour that is "the most important theological issue in the world" at that moment.


  1. This analogy is used for Scripture, but I think it could apply to unity with Christ - “shallow enough here for the lamb to go wading, but deep enough there for the elephant to swim”

    1. I think you are absolutely right!