Position Versus Practice-1

Today's title calls attention to one of the most important teachings in Scripture. I am not using "versus" in the sense of competing. I'm considering it as two interlocked facets of our Salvation experience. Let's begin with "position" (or our "standing" with God). When we trust in Jesus as our Savior and Lord, when we turn our lives over to Him and we are reborn (Spiritually) from above, we are given an amazing blessing from God. We are given a "position;" a legal "standing." We are declared legally perfect! How can that be? It's because of an astonishing "swap" or exchange. Jesus takes all of our sin, corruption and guilt on Himself and dies on the Cross to pay the penalty for all the wrong that we have been and done! Then, wonder of wonders, we find that that includes all the wrong that is to come. All our evil, wicked sin and sins, past, present and future were atoned for on that Cross! However, that's only half of the provision. In His Grace, God credits us with Christ's Perfect righteousness. In this wonderful act of God, He views us as  being as righteous as His Son! This is why we are told that: "There is, therefore, now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus." (From Romans 8:1). Ephesians 1:4;  Colossians 3:1-4 and Psalm 103:12 are some places in Scripture that underscore this legal "standing."  No wonder the hymnwriter exclaims, "Justified fully thro' Calvary's love, O what a standing is mine!" (John W. Peterson). But what about my actual behavior, you might ask. Well, that is for tomorrow's article, God willing. Selah! By way of a slight preview, let me ask a question. Why wouldn't our "position" give us an excuse to try and get away with sinning? Be sure and drop by tomorrow!     Ron

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