As a Christian, where do I stand with the Lord?
What really happened the day I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior?
Who am I, really, to the Lord?
When God looks at me, what does He see?
When I come across God’s mind, what does He think of me?
Can there be any better way of answering these questions than to say that “we are who God says we are”?
Before we were Christians, God saw us in a completely different way than He sees us now. He used to see us as:
- condemned (John 3:18)
- lost (Matthew 18:11; 2 Cor 4:3)
- guilty (Romans 3:19)
- spiritually dead (Eph 2:1-5)
- alienated from Himself (Eph 4:18)
- His enemies (Romans 5:10; Col 1:21)
- children of wrath (Eph 2:3).
God saw us condemned because we did not live up to the light He had given us. He saw us as lost because we wandered aimlessly down our own sinful paths. He saw us as guilty because we kept breaking His laws. He saw us as spiritually dead because we had separated ourselves from Him. He saw us as alienated, His enemies, and children of wrath because we kept choosing wickedness instead of goodness.
God, therefore, saw us as needing forgiveness. He saw us as needing to be found. He saw us as needing a Substitute to take away our guilt. He saw us as needing a new birth to make possible a restored relationship with Himself. He saw us as needing reconciliation – removal of the hostility between ourselves and Him. Otherwise, without these needs being realized and given our unacceptable condition, we would be doomed to be eternally apart from God.
So, what does God think of me now?
Every Christian is seen by God as being “in Christ.” In the first three chapters of Ephesians, Paul tells us that in Christ we are:
- Blessed with every spiritual blessing (1:3)
- Chosen before the beginning of time (1:4)
- Loved (1:4)
- Predestined (1:5, 11)
- Adopted (1:5)
- Accepted (1:6)
- Redeemed (1:7)
- Forgiven (1:7)
- Given wisdom and understanding (1:8)
- Shown the mystery of His will (1:9, 10)
- Given a guaranteed inheritance (1:11, 14)
- Made “the praise of His glory” (1:12)
- Secured by the Spirit (1:13)
- Recipients of God’s power (1:19)
- Made alive together with Christ (2:5)
- Raised up and seated in the heavenlies (2:6)
- Recipients of God’s grace and kindness (2:7)
- God’s masterful workmanship (2:10)
- Created for good works (2:10)
- Brought near to God (2:13)
- United into one body (2:15, 16; 3:6)
- Fellow citizens with other Christians (2:19)
- Members of God’s household (2:19)
- Built for the Spirit’s habitation (2:21, 22)
- Partakers of God’s promise (3:6)
- Given bold and confident access to God (3:12)
Other parts of the New Testament fill out this picture of who we are in Christ:
- Children of God (John 1:12, 1 John 3:1,2)
- Justified (Romans 3:24; 5:1; 8:30)
- Dead to sin and alive to God (Romans 6:11)
- Recipients of eternal life (Romans 6:23)
- No longer condemned (Romans 8:1)
- Foreknown (Romans 8:29)
- Called (Romans 8:30)
- Glorified (Romans 8:30)
- Sanctified (1 Cor 1:30)
- New creations (2 Cor 5:17)
- Reconciled to God (2 Cor 5:19)
- Righteous (2 Cor 5:21)
- Citizens of heaven (Philippians 3:20)
- Rescued from Satan’s power (Col 1:13)
- Placed into God’s kingdom (Col 1:13)
- Complete (Col 2:10)
- Perfect (Hebrews 10:14)
- Holy and royal priests (1 Peter 2:5, 9)
- A chosen generation (1 Peter 2:9)
- A holy nation (1 Peter 2:9)
- God’s own special people (1 Peter 2:9)
This list shows a tremendous change from the way God saw us before we trusted Christ as our Savior and Lord.
We have this privileged standing before God, not because of anything we deserve, but because of who we are “in Christ.”