… Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once and for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. … – Romans 6:8-10 (NIV)
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Paul proclaims a Oneness with Christ – a unity.
Many Christians await a Second Coming of Jesus, but here Paul sees Christ living already in the reborn believer.
This creates a life of faithful, loving, tender, continuing relationship.
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For they had an Eye to the Recompence of the Reward, and patiently they indured this, with much more, as seeing him who is invisible … (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655?-1685)