Did Jesus pay your sin debt before a holy God, or are you going to pay? Sinners still require payment, don’t they?
On the other hand, heirs have no debt, right? Heirs simply receive what has been given as a gift, don’t they?
Therefore, a sinner isn’t an heir; doesn’t it follow? Once God justifies the ungodly (i.e. sinner), then a shift occurs, right? The sinner becomes a son or a daughter, don’t they? Of course they do.
Does Jesus redeem sinners to become sinners? Or, does Jesus redeem in order to give sinners a new identity? Wouldn’t it make sense that sinners don’t say,
“Abba, Father … ”
but adopted sons and daughters do say,
“Papa?” Or, “Heavenly Papa, I adore You?”
Yeah, I think so. But, once more, do you? Will you? Can you?
God has given you permission, my dear child. The price paid for it was mighty high, too … right?
Making distinctions can really be of tremendous value; don’t you think? Sometimes, we can get lazy. I understand.
It’s so easy to just say,
“Hey, we’re all sinners. You know, end of story. Romans 3:23. Stop being boastful and prideful.”
Yet, God appears to make distinctions—all throughout the Bible! Shouldn’t we then, as well … as we boast in Christ and what He has done in making us children of God?
“Yeah, I think so. But, once more, do you? Will you? Can you?”
Does He not get the glory in this plan? I would offer: He does. God knows how to set things up for his glory, doesn’t He?
Let’s trust Him that He can do it here on the identity issue, as well; shall we?
Sons have been paid for. Sinners have yet to accept the pardon.
“You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men.”
—1 Corinthians 7:23 ESV