Many of the comments to previous posts are confusing people’s status with their state. This is a very important distinction. Take the current discussion about immigration. Even though millions of people are presently living in the United States and some for many years, they are constantly on guard. Why? Because of their status as illegal aliens. Even if they are doing a fine job at work, even if they are in a state of having a good job and a good life, they know that none of that will matter – that they could still be quickly deported. All because of their status.
Status is also very important in my relationship with God. Because Jesus has paid for all my sins God has formally and legally acquitted me. That is what the biblical word, “justify” means. It was a term from the courtroom to describe a judge’s verdict of “not guilty”. Right now, because of Jesus’ payment for my sins, I have the status of being acquitted. “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:24)
I have that status of not being acquitted and not being condemned (“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus” Romans 8:1), even though, in my current state, I still sin. I have the status of being perfect in Christ even though I am still in an imperfect state.
And the great thing about it is that my status is more important than my state! In God’s eye, by virtue of his own verdict, I am not guilty, I am perfect. All because of Jesus. I’m going to spend the rest of my life giving him all the glory.