Romans 5:1-5

Here is the two-sided reality of the Christian life.  On the one hand, we are complete in Christ; on the other hand, we are growing in Christ, becoming more and more like him.  At the same time we have the status of kings and the duties of slaves.  We feel both the presence of Christ and the pressure of sin.  We enjoy the peace that comes from being made right with God, but we still face daily problems that help us grow.  If we remember these two sides of the Christian life, we will not grow discouraged as we face temptations and problems.  Instead, we will learn to depend on the power available to us from Christ, who lives in us in the person of the Holy Spirit.