Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 NOT OF WORKS, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus UNTO GOOD WORKS, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
It is extremely important for every believer to recognize the difference between his position (some refer to it as our standing) and his practice (some refer to as our state or condition). Before we grow and progress spiritually in our walk with God we have to know what God has already done for us in Christ or by placing us in Christ. It is understanding grace so that we may respond by faith. Our position or standing is where God places us because of the finished work of Jesus Christ. Our position or standing was not and is not determined by what we do but it is determined by what Christ did. Our practice or state, on the other hand, is determined by what we do, how we actually live for God, or behave. Our position or standing in Christ is unchanging but our practice or state changes day by day. Our walk should be in line with our position and God sees both our position and our practice (Heb. 4:13).
Truths from the Word of God present truths that seem to contradict but in actuality are showing two sides of truth. Ephesians 2:8, 9 tells us that salvation is NOT BY WORKS; yet Ephesians 2:10 tells us salvation is UNTO GOOD WORKS. Sounds contradictory but it is simply stating position (saved by grace through faith not our works but Jesus’ work); the other stating our practice (now that we are saved we respond with good works).
1 Corinthians 1:2 where Paul calls them, “… sanctified in Christ Jesus….” but then in 1 Corinthians 3:3 says, “For ye are yet carnal….” One was their position (sanctified) the other was their practice (carnal).
Ephesians 1:6 “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved,” speaks of our position in Christ as accepted in the beloved; whereas 2 Cor. 5:9 says, “ Wherefore we labor that whether or absent we may be accepted of him,” which speaks of our practice.
Hebrews 10:14 says we are already perfected, “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified,” speaking of our position but Philippians 3:12 says we are not already perfect, “Not as though had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus,” which speaks of our practice.
We need our mind renewed to our position in Christ to help us improve our practice, walk, or behavior. We need to walk worthy of our glorious position in Christ.