The Christian positions are not progressive. They do not grow or develop from a small beginning. They are as perfect and complete the instant they are possessed as they ever will be in the ages to come. For example, sonship does not grow, as an old man is no more a son of his father at his death than he was at the day of his birth.
These positions are in no way related to human merit. They are made to stand on the unchanging Person and merit of the Son of God. The Christian is ‘accepted (now and forever) in the beloved.’
Every position is eternal by its very nature. The consciousness and personal realization of these positions may vary with the daily walk of the believer, but the abiding facts of the new being are never subject to change in time or eternity.
These positions are known only through divine revelation. They defy human imagination, and since they are not experienced, their reality can be entered into only by believing the Word of God. These eternal riches of grace are for the lowliest sinner who will only believe. In the Eternal Plan of GodForeknown: Rom 8:29 ‘For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren.’ Also 1 Pet 1:2 Elect: 1 Thes 1:4 ‘knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God.’ Also Rom 8:33, Col 3:12, Tit 1:1 Predestined: Eph 1:11 ‘In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of
His will.’ Chosen: 1 Pet 2:4 ‘Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious.’ Also Matt 22:14 Called: Rom 9:11 ‘…that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls.’ Also 1 Thes 5:24 Brought Near to GodReconciled: By God: 2 Cor 5:18 ‘Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ.’ Also Col 1:20
To God: Rom 5:10 ‘…when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son.’ Also 2 Cor 5:20 Redeemed: Col 1:14 ‘we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.’ Also 1 Pet 1:18, Rom 3:24 Brought Near: Eph 2:13 ‘But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.’ Given Access: Eph 2:18 ‘For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.’ Also Eph 3:12, Rom 5:2, Heb 4:14-16, 10:19-20. Children of GodBorn Again: 1 Pet 1:23 ‘…having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible.’ Also John 1:12, 3:7 Sons of God: 1 John 3:2 ‘Beloved, now we are sons of God.’ Also 2 Cor 6:18, Gal 3:26 New Creation: 2 Cor 5:17 ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.’ Also Gal 6:15, Eph 2:10 Adopted: Rom 8:15 ‘you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”’ Also Gal 4:5 Heirs: Gal 4:7 ‘Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.’ Totally Acceptable to God by Jesus Christ! Justified: Rom 5:1 ‘Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God.’ Also Rom 3:24, 8:30, 1 Cor 6:11, Tit 3:7 Righteous: Phil 3:8,9 ‘…that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ.’ Also Rom 3:22, 5:17, 10:3-4, 1 Cor 1:30, 2 Cor 5:21 Sanctified: 1 Cor 1:30 ‘Christ Jesus, who became for us… sanctification.’ Also 1 Cor 6:11, Heb 10:10 Made Perfect: Heb 10:14 ‘by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.’ Also see Heb 10:1-2 for the results of being ‘made perfect’. Acceptable: Eph 1:6 ‘to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved.’ Also 1 Pet 2:5 Alive: Col 2:13 ‘God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins.’ Also Col 1:14, 3:13, Eph 1:7, 4:32 Complete: Col 2:10 ‘And you are complete in Him.’ Forever Joined and United with Him! Crucified: Rom 6:6 ‘For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with.’ Also Gal 2:20 Dead: Rom 6:8 ‘Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.’ Also Col 3:3 Buried: Rom 6:4 ‘We were therefore buried with him through baptism.’ Also Col 2:12 Raised: Col 3:1 ‘Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.’Also Rom 6:4 Ascended: Eph 2:6 ‘And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.’ Jesus’ Very Own PossessionHis Gift: John 6:37 ‘All that the Father gives Me, will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me, I will certainly not cast out.’ Also 10:29, 17:6,11,12,20 His Bride: 2 Cor 11:2 ‘I promised you to one husband, to Christ.’ Also Eph 5:25-32, Rev 19:7, John 3:29 His Inheritance: Eph 1:18 ‘that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.’His Possession: Eph 1:14 ‘…who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession.’ Blessed With the Holy Spirit Born: John 3:6 ‘Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.’ Baptized: 1 Cor 12:13 ‘For by one Spirit we are all baptized into one body.’ Indwelt: 1 Cor 6:19 ‘Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you?’ Also 2:12, John 7:39, Rom 5:5, 8:9, 2 Cor 1:21, Gal 4:6 Sealed: Eph 1:13-14 ‘having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance.’ Within the ‘Much More’ Care of God (Rom 5:10)Objects of His love: Eph 2:4 ‘But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us…’ Also 5:2, 1 John 3:1Objects of His grace: Rom 5:2 ‘through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.’ Also Eph 2:7,8 Tit 2:12,13 Objects of His power: Eph 1:19 ‘and his incomparably great power for us who believe.’ Also Phil 2:13, 1 Pet 1:5 Objects of His faithfulness: Heb 13:5 ‘For He has said ‘I will never leave you or forsake you.’ Also Phil 1:6, 1 Thes 5:23,24, 1 Cor 1:8-9, Jude 24Objects of His peace: Phil 4:9 ‘the God of peace will be with you.’ Also 4:7Objects of His encouragement: 1 Thes 2:16 ‘by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope.’ Also Rom 15:4-5 Objects if His intercession: Heb 7:25 ‘Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.’ Also Rom 8:34, Heb 9:24A Heavenly Home AssuredHeavenly Citizens: Phil 3:20 ‘For our citizenship is in heaven.’ Also Eph 2:19, Heb 12:22God’s Household: Eph 2:19 ‘…but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household.’ Also 3:15, Gal 6:10 Heavenly Inheritance: 1 Pet 1:4-5 ‘…and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power.’ Also Eph 1:14, Col 3:24, Heb 9:15 come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.’ Also Rom 8:34, Heb 9:24