Herman Bavinck rightly proclaimed, “God and God alone is our highest good.” Brought into covenant with the living God, we have been joined to the crucified and risen Christ. He is the Lord of the covenant and to him we owe all glory. In his covenant Lordship, Christ claims us for God. We are his possession. Whatever we eat or drink, or whatever we do, we are to do all for the glory of God.
But, he is also the Servant of the covenant. In his covenant Servanthood, Christ claims God for us. Joined to Jesus Christ by faith, we enjoy communion with God and and forevermore. We are being called to become what we already are in Christ.
Joined to Christ by faith and experiencing already the blessings of heaven, suffering and self-sacrifice for Christ become the opportunity for glory. The mode of our life as believers is modeled after Christ’s life on this earth, which was a movement from humiliation to glory. The life of faith is not just Christ for us, it is also Christ by his Spirit in us.