Union with Christ and the Body of Christ

Once again, we are joined by Dr. Marcus Johnson, author of One with Christ: An Evangelical Theology of Salvation. This time Dr. Johnson spells out the implications of the doctrine of union with Christ for the application of salvation and for Christ’s body, the church. For the first part of our interview with Dr. Johnson, click here.

Dr. Johnson is Associate Professor of Theology at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL. He received his M.A. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and his Ph.D. from Trinity College, University of Toronto. Camden Bucey reviewed One with Christ on a recent episode of Reformed Media Review.

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Jason D.

5 years ago

No audio :'(

Camden Bucey

5 years ago

We’re up and running again. A code change to http://reformed.academy had some unintended consequences to the API for our media system.

Mark Evans

5 years ago

Great discussion today, enjoyable. Just a quick thought regarding Dr. Johnson’s question of Christ not only mediating the covenant but also of Christ himself being the covenant. Isaiah 42:6- “I will give you (masculine singular) as a covenant (berith) for the people” and again in 49:8- “I will keep you and give you as a covenant to the people.” Could this give credence to the idea that Christ is himself the covenant? I realize, as you stated, defining the covenant is a “moving target” with manifold conceptions out there even in Reformed thought, but if, for example, Christ occupies not only the office of priest but is himself also the sacrifice, could we also say Christ not only mediates the covenant but is also himself the covenant? Just a thought, thank you.

Mark E

Ryan Cook

5 years ago

I, too, was intrigued by Dr. Johnson’s question about whether Christ might be both the mediator of the new covenant and the covenant itself. I’m inclined to think that his was a thought worth considering and exploring a little more fully. Thank you.

Thomas Sullivan

5 years ago

Thank you men for focusing so much on Christ. I am narrating John Owen’s treatise on Spiritual Mindedness this evening, and this was so convicting. “it is an absurd thing for men to esteem themselves Christians who scarce think of Christ all the day long; yet some, as one complained of old,
scarce ever think or speak of him except they swear by his name. I have read of them who have lived and died in continual contemplation on him, so far as the imperfection of our present state will admit; I have known them, I do know them, who call themselves unto a reproof if at any time he hath been many minutes out of their thoughts; and it is strange that it should be otherwise with them who love him in sincerity. Yet I wish I did not know more who give evidences that it is a rare thing for them to be
exercised in serious thoughts and meditations about him; yea, there are some who are not averse upon occasions to speak of God, of mercy, of pardon, of his power and goodness, who, if you mention Christ unto them, with any thing of faith, love, trust in him, they seem unto them as a
strange thing. Few there are who are sensible of any religion beyond what is natural. The things of the wisdom and power of God in Christ are foolishness unto them.”



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