At some point in your Christian walk you might ask, “But how am I united to Christ? In what sense have I actually died with him? It all just seems like theological word games.”
The questions are certainly understandable in view of the real difficulty of this subject. Yet we should seek understanding, as Anselm suggested in his phrase Fides quaerens intellectum, “Faith in search of understanding.”
When we do, we find, as is generally the case, that the Bible has already provided much to assist our inquiry, especially in the way of illustrations.
The first illustration is the union of a husband and a wife in marriage. In Ephesians 5 Paul portrays Christ in the role of the husband and the church in the role of the wife. He concludes, “This mystery is a profound one, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church” (Ephesians 5:32).