In our first little children stage
1 John 2:12 I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.
13 I write to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, dear children, because you have known the Father.
Galatians 2:3 We only have our eyes opened by the law and Spirit to our outer sinfulness made plain by our committed sins. Therefore, our only understanding of Christ’s atoning sacrifice is by Him being “evidently set forth crucified among you”.
Romans 3:25 God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished
And being seen by us sinners as a person separate from us, dying on the cross. His death was evidenced by the shedding of the blood, going to hell for us and being “raised from the dead by the glory of the Father”.
Romans 6:4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
As we receive Him and confess Him by faith
John 1:12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God
Romans 10:9 That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
The Spirit bears witness to us
Romans 8:16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
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