I mentioned last week about how knowing our position affects how we live. This week, I hope to help you begin to understand who you are in Christ. I say begin because the subject is huge and profound. I only say begin also because this is something that is often difficult to grasp. It can have a profound effect on our lives in the way we think and live but it takes a while to grasp what it truly means to be in Christ.
These posts could be extremely lengthy as well as extremely detailed if we wanted them to be. The concepts contained in our position are huge and so are their implications. I am merely trying to highlight some key things that we are in Christ.
Loved (1 John 4:10)
Before you ever breathed your first breath, God loved you. He loved you with a general love that He loves all with but when you became His by your faith in Him; He loved you with a special love. A love of that between a parent and child. Here is the key, He loved you when you were all messed up. (Romans 5:8) He loved you when you were in filth. He still loves you. You cannot make Him love you more or less. No matter how much you sin in a day, He loves you. No matter how good you are in a day, He loves you.
Forgiven (Ephesians 1:7)
We have the forgiveness of our sins. All of our sins, past, present and future, are all forgiven. This means that everything we have done wrong and will do wrong has been taken care of on the cross. There is no more penalty for these sins. It is because of this forgiveness that there is no more condemnation (Romans 8:1). You cannot be more forgiven or less forgiven; you are simply forgiven. How badly you sin today can in no way change the fact that by grace through faith in Christ, you are forgiven.
Accepted (Ephesians 1:6)
Acceptance is something we all crave. With God, we are always accepted in Christ. Again, this is not based on my performance. (Do you see the common theme running through these?) We can always come to Him. No matter how dirty. No matter how filthy. He accepts us and loves us. No need to clean ourselves up by doing good so that we will be accepted but we can come to Him as we are because we are accepted.
These are only three and I wish I could go on and on. The point is this: all of these things are past and present tense. They happened when we trusted in Christ and continue on even now. Our position does not change because of either our good or bad performance. We are these things because we are in Christ!