Salvation is only a starting point. We move upward from there with the presence of God Himself in our lives.
We proclaim Him, teaching and admonishing everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. Colossians 1:28
It is true. We were sinners saved by grace. Paul’s own testimony to Timothy attests to this fact,
13 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 1:13-14
But, the question is, is this description still accurate for those who walk with Jesus daily? Here is what Peter said about who we are now that we have His Spirit in us,
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 1 Peter 2:9-10
In Ephesians 1:1 and 4:12, Paul calls us saints (holy ones). In 2 Corinthians 5:20, he calls us ambassadors of Christ. In Romans 8:14-17, he calls us children of God and co-heirs with Jesus Christ. In Revelation 5:10, John calls us “priests to serve our God.” We have been clothed with the righteousness of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 13:14, Ephesians 4:24). When the prodigal son came back in Luke 15:22-24, the father reinstated him as his son. Sinners are what we were; now we are righteous children of God!
We must learn to see ourselves as what we are now: Children, ambassadors, priests, chosen, God’s special possession. May we never forget that we are chosen by God “that we may declare the praises of him who called us out of darkness into his wonderful light.” “To this end we strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in us.” Colossians 1:29
Abba, thank You for calling me out of my darkness and into Your marvelous light. May I live my life in accordance to all I am now in You. Amen.