Bible Studies

Our Status as a Christian (1)

As regenerated believers in Christ, there are many aspects of our salvation that are essential for us to know. More so, this knowledge is very valuable to our daily experience as a Christian. After our studies these past three weeks on knowing our salvation, we now begin to explore the significances of our status as a Christian.

We know our current status as a college student at UCI and we are aware of our different statuses in society, but what is our status as a Christian? As Christians we do not consider ourselves as higher or better than others, but we did obtain some wonderful statuses that we can appreciate, experience, and enjoy.

For example, suppose a man was born into royalty, but somehow he did not know, and rather lived and worked as a common man. Unless one day he came to know his real status, he may live completely unaware of what is rightfully his in his status as a royal. But if he did know, he could avail himself of that status and therefore live and act according to his true status and enjoy all its privileges.

Similarly, once we receive the Lord, we are born of God, and we obtain certain statuses that we can appreciate, live, and act according to.

This week we began by discussing our statuses as a new creation, as children of God (John 1:12-13, as members of God’s household, and as citizens of the kingdom of God (Rev. 1:6; 5:10).

Titus 2:14 tells us that we are God’s particular people; we are a people possessed by God as His unique treasure. Furthermore, 2 Corinthians 5:17 says,

“So then if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away; behold, they have become new.”

What makes us a new creation is that we have God in us. Before we received God into us, we were a part of the old creation. We were created by God, but we did not have God in us. Everything other than God eventually becomes old. We know this because we always want something new, whether it be the latest iPhone, a new car, or something else we treasure. But as Christians, we have God’s life and nature, which can never become old; we are a new creation in Christ!

Also, Ephesians 2:19 says,

“So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God…”

This verse tells us that we are a part of God’s household. I recently visited someone who has a very nice home with many beautiful and expensive things. I walked through the house and was even told to make myself at home. But I knew that no matter how much I tried to make myself at home, I would always just be a temporary visitor there. All the great things there were not really mine because I was not a member of that household.

But Ephesians 2:19 tells us that we are no longer strangers or sojourners, nor even visitors of God’s household, but rather we are members of the household of God. Our God is unsearchably rich (Eph. 3:8), and we can live and enjoy His riches in His house because we are now members of His household. Today as Christians, we simply enjoy God and enjoy being part of God’s family.

What wonderful statuses we have received as a Christian! How wonderful it is to see who we are, what we have, and what we can really enjoy.

-SW