"In Justification the sinner stands before God as the accused and is declared free (Rom 8:33). In redemption he stands before God as the slave and receives freedom by ransom (Rom 6:18-22). In forgiveness he stands before God as a debtor and receives his discharge (Eph 1:7; 4:32; Matt 18:21-35). In reconciliation he stands before God as an enemy and is led into peace (2 Cor 5:18-20). In adoption he stands before God as a stranger and receives adoption, sonship (Eph 1:5)."(Eric Sauer, 1951)

As a sinner you are accused and guilty, a slave and bound by sin, a debtor who cannot repay, an enemy who will lose the fight, and a stranger who will be rejected.

Just think about what those words mean and allow the terror to sink in for a minute. Imagine the court scene; all fingers pointing at you in the dock. Imagine the chains on your feet an ankles and evil dragging you this way and that. Imagine showing up with $50 to try to pay off a million dollar debt. Imagine turning up with a nerf gun to fight a nuclear power. And imagine, perhaps most terrifying of all, walking into your house and being told to leave, that you don't belong there, that you are not welcome.

As a sinner that is how we stand before God. But as a saved sinner things are quite different.

As a Christian you are saved by God because of the death of the Son on the cross. You are acquitted of your guilt and freed by a ransom; your debt is fully paid, you are at peace with God, and you are accepted into the family of God.

In his death Jesus takes our guilt, pays for our freedom, pays our debt, makes peace with the Father, and claims you as his family. Now think of those things. You are...


"Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies" (Rom 8:33).


"and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness" (Rom 6:18).

...Debt free

"In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace" (Eph 1:7).

...At peace with God

"All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself" (2 Cor 5:18a)


"he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will" (Eph 1:5).