Living in Union with Christ

Paul's Gospel and Christian Moral Identity

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Leading New Testament theologian Grant Macaskill introduces Paul's understanding of the Christian life, which is grounded in the apostle's theology of union with Christ. The author shows that the exegetical foundations for a Christian moral theology emerge from the idea of union with Christ. Macaskill covers various aspects of Christian moral theology, exploring key implications for the Christian life of the New Testament idea of participatory union as they unfold in Paul's Letters.

Introduction: Union with Christ as the Basis for Christian Life
1. Scholarly Contexts for the Present Study: Attempts to Revise Our Understanding of Justification and Sanctification
2. Who Am I Really? Paul's Moral Crisis
3. Baptism and Moral Identity: Clothing Ourselves in Christ
4. The Lord's Supper and Someone Else's Memory: Do This in Remembrance of Me
5. Crying "Abba" in the Ruins of War: The Spirit and the Presence of Christ
6. One Little Victory: Hope and the Moral Life
7. Concluding Synthesis: Living in Union with Christ


"Participation in Christ is at the heart of Paul's theology, but it is difficult to understand and easy to neglect in practice. Macaskill challenges us to take it fully seriously in our Christian lives as well as in our theology, making his case with exegetical care and spiritual wisdom."

Richard Bauckham, emeritus professor of New Testament studies, University of St. Andrews

"Here is true practical theological interpretation, sourced by careful exegesis, nourished by prayerful theological wisdom, and issuing in a truly fresh and invigorating account of life in union with Christ. This book is a wellspring of pastoral insight for all who are thirsty for Paul's gospel. Drink deeply from this well!"

Susan Eastman, Duke Divinity School

"This is a stimulating exploration of the significance of Paul's theology of union with Christ for Christian formation and faithful discipleship. Drawing deeply on his own Reformed tradition, Macaskill proves himself to be both an ardent churchman and a master of practical theological interpretation of Paul's Letters."

Joel B. Green, professor of New Testament interpretation, Fuller Theological Seminary

"Macaskill gives a lucid and insightful account of key texts in the apostle Paul's dynamic theology of union with Christ by the Spirit. Macaskill combines the sharp expertise of a New Testament scholar with a warm pastoral heart in this incisive work, setting forth a theological and practical portrait of Paul's vision of the Christian life and correcting common misconstruals that dampen the extraordinary power of Paul's teaching. I warmly commend Living in Union with Christ to pastors, students, and others who seek to recover Paul's life-changing message of union with Christ in the church today."

J. Todd Billings, Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology, Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan

The Author

  1. Grant Macaskill

    Grant Macaskill

    Grant Macaskill (PhD, University of St. Andrews) is Kirby Laing Chair of New Testament Exegesis at the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland. He previously served as senior lecturer in New Testament at the University of St. Andrews. Macaskill...

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