Status is So Important!
Legal or illegal. It makes a world of difference which status an immigrant has.
The same holds true for people on trial. The verdict declaring their legal status will profoundly affect them the rest of their lives. Think, for example, how much harder life is for a convicted felon.
A person’s legal status is not the only important status they have. Ask any orphan who is adopted into a loving family. Or the lonely woman who suddenly meets and marries a wonderful man. Our personal status is also vitally important. This is seen in how many people agonize if they are ready to put “in a relationship” on their Facebook page.
That is why passages like Romans 5:9-10 are so precious. “Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!”
Do you see Paul’s argument here? He erases all doubts about our salvation. He says we should have no doubts because of the double status God has given us. God has given us the legal status of being justified, or declared not guilty. He has also given us the personal status of being reconciled to him. Through Christ our status is not guilty in God’s courtroom and God’s children in his family. If this is our status already (note the past tenses), we don’t have to worry about going to heaven, the culmination of our salvation. If God has already given us this double status, there is no way he won’t save us and take us to heaven.
Status is so important! I feel I have to keep on emphasizing this because I meet so many Christians who are unclear of what their status is, or else, they don’t give it much thought. All they see are their sins or their problems and they wonder if God is angry at them. This is like the homeless orphan adopted by the loving family still being consumed with worry about what he will eat or where he will sleep.
Not only does having a tentative grasp of their wonderful God-given double status rob Christians of a lot of joy and comfort, it also blunts their witness. In witnessing, we want to talk about the great things God has done for us. One of the greatest and most impactful things he has done is given us our new status in Christ. “Yes. I sin. I sin a lot. But you know what? God has already legally and formally declared me not guilty! Do you want to hear more?” Or how about this? “I am the apple of God’s eye. I’m not only a child of God, I’m an heir of heaven. I wasn’t born that way either. I was an enemy of God. But God adopted me even though I wasn’t good. And he hasn’t kicked me out of the family even though I still do a lot of rotten things. Can I tell you more?”
Is talking like this too strong? It isn’t. As Paul also wrote in Romans 5: “we boast in the hope of the glory of God” (v.2). One of the best ways we can boast in our hope of being in God’s glory for all eternity is talking about the wonderful double status God has given us in Christ. It is what our hope is based on.
Therefore, friends, confidently talk about living with God for all eternity. Talk about how your status in Christ gives you such confidence. Boast about it. It will give you joy and make others hungry to have it also.