As a christian, what is our Standing and State before the presence of God?

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(Q)  As a Christian, what is our Standing and State before the presence of God?

 

(A)  Multitudes of professing Christians have little or no knowledge of this most important doctrine.
Consequently, they lack assurance of salvation and are ineffectual and unfruitful in the Lord’s service. Well, I
sinned yesterday, God will be very angry with me. I will probably have to be saved all over again.” Many feel
that they have to earn God’s favor to retain their salvation. This “feeling” causes many to’ think that it is
up to each of us to retain our salvation by “being good” or “doing the right thing” all the time. Failing to recognize
God’s perfect, all sufficient salvation, made possible by the death of His Son, causes a lack of understanding
between our perfect Standing before God and our daily changing State of affairs. To recognize the distinction
between Standing and State is imperative to a joyful and useful Christian life.

First of all, Standing and State are different in meaning. Standing is the unchangeable and perfect
position before God that the believer possesses in Christ, (Romans 5: 1,2).1Therefore being justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
 2By whom also we have access by faith into this grace
 wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
 We are or have been made accepted, (Eph. 1 :6).6To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. On the other hand, State is the changing and imperfect condition of the believer’s daily life (Phil. 2:19,20). 19But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state. 20For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. We are or have been made acceptable, (II Cor. 5:9).9Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. It concerns our thoughts, words, deeds and motives. It concerns our fellowship but not our relationship with God. The believer is urged to make his imperfect State more like his perfect Standing. Secondly, they differ in nature. Our Standing is perfect as Paul illustrates when writing to the faithful brethren at Corinth. (I Cor. 1:29). 2Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: 3Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ .4I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; 5That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; 6Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: 7So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: 8Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  In his greetings to the Corinthians, Paul uses the terms sanctified or holy and saints. If our Standing were not perfect before God, Paul would never use the terms holy or saints. But our State is imperfect. Paul continues in I Corinthians and notes that they were contentious, having strife, quarrels, and rivalry, (1:11-13). 11For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas;  and I of Christ. 13Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? They were carnal or fleshly, living only in and unto themselves, 1 Corinthians (3:14). 1And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. 2I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.3For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?4For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?  They had pride or arrogance, 1 Corinthians (4:18). 18Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you. They permitted immorality, 1 Corinthians (5:1,2).1It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife. 2And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. They were even allowing and instigating lawsuits among believers, 1 Corinthians (6:7) 7Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?

Finally, Standing and State differ in principle. Faith in the Finished Work of Christ (His death, burial,
resurrection and ascension) determines our Standing (Rom. 5:1-2, 1Therefore being justified by faith, we have
 peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein
 we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
This grace wherein we stand, Eph. 2:8-9, 8For by grace are ye
 saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9Not of works, lest any man should boast.
 (faith, the gift of God). But yieldedness to the revealed will of God (in the Scriptures) determines our State
(Rom. 6:613, 6Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that
 henceforth we should not serve sin.
7For he that is dead is freed from sin. 8Now if we be dead with Christ, we
 believe that we shall also live with him:
9Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death
 hath no more dominion over him.
10For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 11Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 12Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 13Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. ( know, reckon, yield;) Rom. 12:1-2, 1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (to present or yield;) lI Tim. 2:15,  15Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (show – same word as present in Rom. 12: 1 ). In and of ourselves, we cannot save ourselves nor can we do anything that pleases God Who only is righteous. It takes the redemptive power that Christ demonstrated on the cross for each of us to meet the requirements of a holy and just God.  Our Standing is perfect before God because of Calvary. However, our State will never be perfect until the presence of sin is removed and we are ushered into he presence of God at His returning for us at the Rapture.

OUR STANDING

1. We find that the believer’s Standing in Christ produces a perfect righteousness. In Romans 3:21-22
we find that righteousness is from God. 21But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested,
 being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
22Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ
 unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
The law was given to man so that we would
 know what sin is. In II Corinthians 5:21 we read that God’s grace has provided the righteousness of God
 in Christ and is permanently ours. 21For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be
 made the righteousness of God in him.
In Colossians 2: 10 the Holy Spirit says that we are complete in Him.
 10And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:  It is so important to see that
the righteousness of God is Christ (I Cor. 1 :30) and it is not based on what we have accomplished but upon what
Christ has already done for us. 30But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom,
and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
We have nothing in which to glory; it is a work that
 is all of grace. He is also made wisdom, sanctification and redemption. He gives us the knowledge of Himself,
 sets us apart unto Himself and one day will redeem us unto Himself. Only at that point will we find that our
 Standing and State are equal because we will be in His presence and sin will no longer exist.

2. We have an imputed righteousness that is instilled or implanted in us by God or it is put on and
added to our account. In Romans 5:17 17For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they
 which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

 we find that righteousness is a gift from God. Righteousness had to be a gift because we were dead in sin,
 (Eph. 2:1) 1And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;  and dead people can do
 nothing to earn salvation or righteousness. It could not have been by works, (Rom.4:5) that we receive the
 righteousness of God, 5But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith
 is counted for righteousness.
  it is by faith that we are justified (Rom. 5:1). 1Therefore being justified by faith,
 we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
 Knowing this, it produces, or should produce
 peace with God in our lives. Because we had nothing to do with the work of our salvation, and because
 God did it all through the perfect sacrifice of His Son’s shed blood, we cannot break the relationship with
 almighty God once we have believed in His finished work at Calvary.

3. We, as believers, have an unbreakable relationship with God. Such an overwhelming amount of
evidence exists for our security in Christ. We are children by spiritual birth, (Titus 3:5-7), 5Not by works of
 righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration,
 and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
6Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
7That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. The Spirit bears
witness to the Father that we are the children and heirs of God, (Rom. 8:16-17) 16The Spirit itself beareth witness
 with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with
 Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
 and we are predestined (pre-
determined) to adoption as sons, (Eph. 1 :5) 5Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, (by faith,) (Gal. 3:26).  26For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. Moreover, we are members of His Body, (Eph. 5:30, I Cor. 12:27) 30For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.  27Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular; and therefore could not be the bride of Christ. Since we are part of His body, why would Christ marry Himself? How thankful we should be to have the assurance that we do not have to continually come to God and ask for salvation. Christ died unto sin once and that was completely accepted by God the Father on our behalf. Christ does not have to die to sin any longer because sin has no dominion over Him, (Rom. 6:9). 9Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.

4. We have an exalted position in Christ. Positionally we have been raised and seated with Christ in the heavenlies even within the Father’s own right hand, (Eph. 1 :20, Eph. 2:6, Col. 3:1,3). 20Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 6And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 1If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 3For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.  What a blessed security we have.

5. We have an absolute ‘completeness’ in Christ and nothing can be added to something that is already
complete, (Col. 2:9,10). 9For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10And ye are complete in him,
 which is the head of all principality and power:
Because we are complete in Him and positionally seated in the
 heavens, it all lies with Him, we are totally secure in Him because He did all the work.

6. We have an inseparable oneness or unity of the Spirit, (Eph. 4:4-6)  4There is one body, and one Spirit, even
 as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6One God and Father of all, who
 is above all, and through all, and in you all.
and we are one Body in Christ, (Rom. 12:4-5). 4For as we have many
 members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
5So we, being many, are one body in Christ,
 and every one members one of another.

OUR STATE

We may be seen as perfect to God the Father because of what Christ has done on our behalf, but the
believer is continually exhorted to control his daily walk before the Lord as a means of fellowship with Him and
with one another.

1. We are called to walk ‘worthy” of His calling. This is concerned with our destination and not our
avocation. Worthy has the meaning of having equal balance in or to place equal value on two different items,
(Eph. 4:1, Col. 1:10, I Thess. 2:12, Phil. 1:27, ‘as it becometh’). 1I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech
 you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
10That ye might walk worthy of the Lord
 unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
12That ye would
 walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.
27Only let your conversation be as
 it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your
affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
 Paul exhorts
 us to place equal importance on doctrine and knowledge just as we should on good works and our daily conduct.

2. We are exhorted to walk in or to be controlled or filled by the Spirit (not the flesh), Galatians 5:16,
Ephesians 5:18 and Romans 8:4. 16This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
18And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;  4That the righteousness of the
 law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

3. We are to walk in newness of life, which is in newness of character. Romans 6:6 encourages us to
realize that the old sin nature was crucified with Christ and should be considered dead. What purpose would
there be in serving a dead person? 6Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin
 might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

4. We are to walk in love. We are to be motivated and ruled by love. We have the love of God in
our hearts so we should walk as Christ walked. He offered Himself for us as the sacrifice to God on our
behalf, (Rom. 5:5, Eph. 5:2, John 15:13). 5And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed
 abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
2And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us,
 and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
13Greater love
 hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
 It is the love of Christ that constrains or
 motivates us,  (II Cor. 5: 14). 14For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one
 died for all, then were all dead:

5. We are to walk as children of THE light. We were once children of darkness but now ‘We are to walk
as children of light and in the light. The light in this world is Christ and we are to be His reflectors, (Eph. 5:8.10,
John 3:19-21, I John 1:7, Phil. 2:15). 8For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk
as children of light:
19And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness
 rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh
 to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
  21But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds
may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have
 fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
15That ye may
 be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation,
 among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

6. We are to walk circumspectly or accurately (exactly right), to walk precisely so as to display an
evidence of being wise,  (Eph. 5: 15). 15See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
The wise buys up or controls the time and opportunities presented to him and understands what the will
 of the lord is, (Eph. 5:16,17). 16Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17Wherefore be ye not unwise,
but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

7. We are to walk by faith. We are to believe, have confidence, trust in God and not walk by sight or
things seen, but to walk by faith, (II Cor. 5:7). 7(For we walk by faith, not by sight:) The world says that “seeing
 is believing” which is a summation of unbelief. True faith believes without seeing. God gives us the means of faith by hearing the Word of God, (Rom.10:17) 17So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. and the source of faith which is a gift from God, (Eph. 2:8,9). 8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast.

If you are having trouble understanding this most important teaching, it may be because you have
not come to know the source of your salvation,’ Christ Jesus. He loves you and came to earth to die for you
and me, personally, that you may be assured of a home in glory with Him for eternity. I pray that you will trust
Him today so that your Standing before God will be perfect, holy and righteous. Also, f pray that when you
do trust Him, you will live for Him and present yourself as a good and faithful steward or overseer of your life’s
affairs so your State will be found to be that good and acceptable and perfect will of God, (Romans 12:1,2).
1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy,
 acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye
 transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and
 perfect, will of God.
What a blessed time it will be when we stand before Him and He tells us, Well done,
 thou good and faithful servant.”

‘When I saw this truth the entire Bible opened up to me,” stated one man after learning about the
 doctrine of “Standing and State.” It is a real blessing to know that our Lord has not only saved and sealed us
with the Holy Spirit, but He is holding us up as perfect in the sight of God. It is hard to imagine that the Lord
Jesus Christ holds us up as trophies of His grace to the Father as perfect. When God looks at believers He sees
not our sinful State but rather our perfect Standing. God can do this because He sees us through the blood of
Christ that was shed for our salvation that causes us to appear perfect as the sons and heirs with Christ.
‘Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin, (Heb. 9:22, Rom. 3:25), 22And almost all things
 are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
25Whom God hath set forth
to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are
 past, through the forbearance of God;
but Christ shed His blood at Calvary to cover our sin. Christ’s shed
 blood is our propitiation or satisfaction to the Father to pay our sin debt.

For those of us who have appropriated the free gift of eternal life that has been made available, we have
a special position before almighty God. He sent His Son to die in our place, to shed His blood on the cross for
each and every one of us. That act of total grace from our Heavenly Father has made us heirs and joint heirs
with Christ for all eternity. He already looks at believers as seated together in the heaven lies with Christ, (Eph.
2:6).  6And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: This is the
 only way that we can have peace with God. Without His perfect salvation through His shed blood and being
 sealed by the Holy Spirit, we would be in a constant quandary as to our position in Christ.

WON’T YOU TRUST HIM TODAY?

John

 

 

 

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