Union with Christ means our status due to Christ’s merits

Our being in Christ is not some kind of mystical merging of our beings with the being of Christ. It is a declaratory thing, for God declares it to be so. It refers…to our status in God’s eyes. It is Paul’s way of describing the nature of our union with Christ. On the grounds of Christ’s merits, God is pleased to regard the believer as possessing everything that belongs to Jesus. It is in this sense that ‘Christ is our life’ (Colossians 3:4)

Goldsworthy Trilogy, p.353

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