- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Questions about Sin and Salvation
- Published on Tuesday, 17 November 2009 14:36
Old and New Testament believers are alike in one distinct way: they are saved on the principle of faith. Two major differences relate to our standing: (1) "in Christ" is exclusive to this Church dispensation and describes our standing which is unassailable and unchangeable; (2) "in whom also upon (not after) believing ye were sealed (mark of ownership) with that Holy Spirit of Promise" (Ephesians 1:13) shows our relationship to the Spirit. Romans 8:1-11 refers to the believer as "in the Spirit," in contrast to the unbeliever "in the flesh". This is not Old Testament language, but emphasizes a standing unalterable before God.