Bible Studies

Our Status as a Christian (2)

Knowing our status as a Christian is a tremendous matter for our enjoyment in our walk with the Lord practically. Last week, we covered a few of our crucial statuses as believers, such as being a new creation of God (2 Cor. 5:17), children of God (John 1:12-13), members of God’s household (Eph. 2:19), as well as being the citizens of God’s kingdom (Eph. 2:19).

I particularly enjoyed that our knowing the significance of our statuses leads us to enriched and uplifted experiences. On the contrary, the lack of knowing shortchanges us of our enjoyment and experiences. Suppose a student did not have the knowledge that he was of royal descent—he would have walked around the campus just like any commoner, not realizing the wealth and authority he possesses.

In this lesson, we will see five more statuses that we possess as a Christian. These statuses include being slaves of God and Christ, priests of God, God’s inheritance, God’s heirs and God’s temple. What impressed me a lot was the matter of being God’s slaves. Ephesians 6:6 says,

“Not with eye-service as men-pleasers but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the soul…”

Although being “slaves” may not seem to be a very enjoyable matter, being the slaves of Christ is altogether a matter of being constrained by His love. 2 Corinthians 5:14 says,

“For the love of Christ constrains us because we have judged this, that One died for all, therefore all died…”

The way leaders or rulers reign over a nation is usually by outward statutes or regulations. Should a citizen break the law, he would have been physically confined or issued a monetary fine. But our Savior Christ is not such a master. As the only begotten Son of God, He is the embodiment of God’s far reaching mercy and unending love. It was this love that led Him to die on the cross for us. Christ, the Son of God, stepped out of His glory to die for sinful mankind so that we would not have to pay the price and be condemned by God. How can we not be constrained by such unfathomable love? When we have such a realization, we will be more willing to serve Him as slaves.

Another precious status that we possess is that we are God’s temple. 1 Corinthians 3:15 says:

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”

What a statement! We are not just members in God’s household, but we are also the very dwelling place of God, God’s temple. In Ephesians 2:22, we also see that the believers are being built together into a dwelling place of God. 1 Corinthians 6:19 even mentions that “your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you.”

It is one thing to say that God dwells in our heart (Eph. 3:17), it’s another thing to say that even our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit! This is not man’s concept but the divine utterance in the Bible. Such a realization will revolutionize the way we use and care for our body.

-ZL