5 Stars Out Of 5
UNION WITH CHRIST or How To Know and Enjoy God
October 10, 2016
Horseshoe Bend, AR
If you use your imagination, as the author suggests from the very beginning of this very challenging book, your life will never be the same again.
Rankin Wilbourne, commercial banker turned pastor of Pacific Crossroads Church in Los Angeles, California, recognizes the necessity of union with Christ. In his own words, As our understanding and appreciation of union with Christ has diminished, so too has our sense of what salvation means. We may know what we have been saved from, but have we lost sight of what we have been saved for?
1 Corinthians 1:9 declares, God is faithful; you were called by Him into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. And throughout scripture, we find example after example of individuals who recognized the necessity and the joy of this union.
Taking readers gently by the hand, author and pastor Rankin Wilbourne explores four questions as he tries to close the gap between the Creator and His creation: Union With Christ: What Is It, and Why Do We Need It; Where Did It Come From, and Where Did It Go?; What Problems Does It Solve?; and Union With Christ Day By Day.
Im writing this review, because the review is due today. But my journey is not complete. I havent finished the book. While I have been a believer for over 30 years, have a B.A. and M.Div. in Pastoral Studies, and am called to minister the gospel, I can honestly say that I have never heard anyone speak about our union with Christ as Pastor Wilbourne does.
He uses the illustration of the blind man from Bethsaida, who needed a second touch to completely cure his blindness. Thats where Im at with this book. Its long, 320 pages. Its challenging. Its not a coffee table book; its one that belongs in the serious study section of ones library. Its not a devotional. This is meat, and you are going to have to chew it.
Having said that, when you consider the spiritual plight of our nation, its about time a few more Christians grew up. The Apostle Paul lamented the fact that I gave you milk to drink, not solid food, because you were not yet ready for it. In fact, you are still not ready, because you are still fleshly." 1 Corinthians 3:2 3 (HCSB).
Please, get this book. Every believer needs to recognize the necessity of union with Christ. And I havent come across a better introduction to the subject than this book by Pastor Rankin Wilbourne.
5 stars for a challenging read