Crowding out Union

Often the partifipatory apsect of union with Christ is pitted against the forensic (as it is often in the wo of Alberyt Schweitzer and some of the New Perspective on Paul literature) so that the forensic (justifiaion) is crowded out by a particular understand of the partificiation that is ontological.

 

Jeff Waddington, Review of Union with Chrsit in the New Testament (Grant Macakill), WTJ 77:2, p.412.

Union and Participation Imagery

If union with Christ is the "central soteric blessing," as Professor Lane Tipon likes to put it, it is crucial that we understand it aright, and if partification plays a legitiate role in a rich understanding of union, it is essential that we get this right as well. In short, participation is not a blurring of ontological lines but is a revelational, indeed, a covenantal category. It draws upi such realities as the role of the rabernacle and the temple in the Old and New Testaments which find their fulfillment in the person of Jesus Christ and his body (John 4), the Shekinah glory of the dwelling precence of God with his people, the church as the temple and body of Christ by virtue of her union with Christ, and other themes that flow individually throughout Scripture and converge in a confluence in rev 21 and 22.

 

Jeff Waddington, Review of Union with Chrsit in the New Testament (Grant Macakill), WTJ 77:2, p.412.