In Christ, I Am A Saint, Friend, And Son Of God.
New Relationship: In Jesus Christ, you have a new relationship with God. You are no longer a sinner but a saint. You are no longer His enemy but His friend. You are no longer a stranger but a son. Through understanding our new relationships with God we will know how to better live out who we really are.
In Christ, I Am A Saint Of God Not A Sinner (Regenerated)
Ephesians 1:1-2; 1 Corinthians 1:2; Romans 1:7; Colossians 1:26
- Our identity before we are saved is that of a sinner. Sin was the main characteristic of our lives and it is what defined us. But after we are saved, this is no longer true. Everyone “in Adam” (sinners) will die, but everyone “in Christ” (saints) shall all be made alive.
1 Corinthians 15:22
- Our identity after we are saved is found in Jesus Christ. We no longer find our identity in what we do but what Jesus has already done for us. Through the work of Jesus Christ, we have been made saints. A saint is a sinner who has been made holy through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus and not through anything he has done.
Romans 4:14; Ephesians 2:8-9
- Our identity as saints should cause us to yield our members as servants of righteousness unto holiness. You are freed from sin and it is no longer your master. You have been made a saint and are being sanctified. You are freed from the penalty of sin, given new life, being made more like Jesus, and one day will eternally live with Him in a sinless state.
- Our identity should match our practice. Conventional wisdom says, “What you do dictates who you are,” but the gospel changes this and says, “What Jesus did dictates who you are and who you are in Christ dictates what you should do.” As a saint, we still have the ability to sin and will sin until we are eternally with Jesus, but now that we have positionally been made holy in Christ, we should practically be holy in all our conduct.
1 Peter 1:15-16
In Christ, I Am A Friend Of God Not An Enemy (Reconciled)
- God hates sin. God hates those who sin. He hates them because they are contrary to who He is (holy, righteous, just). God cannot dwell with evil. Sinners must be punished and the wrath of God abides on them. But God also loves sinners and it is His kindness that leads us to repentance.
Deuteronomy 12:31; 16:22; Psalm 5:4-6; 11:5; Proverbs 6:16-19; John 3:36; Romans 2:4
- While we were still sinners, God sent His Son to die for us so that we could be saved from His wrath. God sent Jesus to suffer the penalty of His enemies so that they could be made His friends. Everyone who is in Christ has been declared righteous (justified) and has his relationship restored with his Creator (reconciled). This restored relationship gives us great joy.
- In Christ, we are no longer objects of God’s wrath, but can draw nigh to Him as a friend. Jesus laid down His life to make us friends. Positionally, we are friends of God. Practically, we show forth our friendship by doing whatsoever He commands us.
John 15:13–15; Proverbs 18:24
In Christ, I Am A Son Of God Not A Stranger (Redeemed)
- In Christ, you become a child of God. God adopts you into His family. We are no longer “children of disobedience” or “children of wrath,” but are given power to become the sons of God.
John 1:12; Ephesians 1:5; 2:2-3
- We can be adopted by God because He redeemed us through Jesus. No one becomes a son of God by his own will but must be born again. Although, every person was created by God and was made in His image, that doesn’t mean they are His children. Man was created to bear God’s image and worship Him but this was distorted by sin. Only in Christ, can we finally be restored to bear God’s image, truly worship him, and be called children of God.
Galatians 4:4–7; John 3:3–21; Genesis 1: 26–27
- As sons, He has given us the Holy Spirit to live inside of us, crying “Abba, Father” and bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. God is now our approachable Father. We know He cares for us. We no longer have to fear that we will be punished for our sin or scared of death.
- As sons, we are also heirs of God. An heir is someone who has the right to inherit whatever the father has prepared for him. We will inherit eternal life living in the kingdom of God where God himself will be with us and be our God.
Romans 8:17; Matthew 25:34; Galatians 3:29; 4:7; Ephesians 1:11; Colossians 1:12; 3:24; Hebrews 6:12; 9:15; 1 Peter 1:4; Revelation 21:3
- Positionally, we are now sons, but won’t receive the full inheritance of our adoption until we get to heaven and therefore, groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption and the redemption of our body.
1 John 3:2; Romans 8:23
- What was the main characteristic of our lives before salvation? What is it now?
- Because I am a Saint, how does this change what I do?
- Am I God’s enemy? Does God hate me? Why?
- How does a person become a child of God?
- What are the privileges of being a child of God?