Standing and state

The two doctrines of Christian standing and daily life or state merge into one important truth, hence may be treated here together.

Standing, as distinguished from state or daily contact with Christ, is a reference to Christian position— the unchangeable and perfect work of God for the believer, while state refers to the changing and imperfect condition of his soul from moment to moment. Faith secures standing, but adherence to all the laws governing a spiritual life must secure daily benefits for the soul.

For Scriptures relating to the believer's standing consult: John 1:12; Romans 5:1-2; 8:17; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 12:13; Ephesians 1:3, 6, 11, 13; 2:4-6; 5:30; Colossians 2:10; Hebrews 10:19; 1 Peter 1:4-5; 2:9; 1 John 3:2; 5:1, 13; Revelation 1:5-6. Compare 1 Corinthians 1:2-9 as a reference to standing with 1:11; 3:1-4; 4:18; and 5:2, where state is revealed; 1 Corinthians 6:11 with 6:7; 1 Corinthians 6:15a with 6:15b; 1 Corinthians 16:23 with 16:17; Colossians 1:12-13 with 3:8-9a.

All that enters into the believer's experience after he is saved—divine training and development—is to the end that he may be more conformed in his state to what he possesses in standing from the moment he is saved.

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