Accordingly, human notions of both power and purity were challenged, toppled, and then turned right-side-up by the gospel. Rome imposed its power by a sword; the church found its increase by a word that invited believers of every tribe and people.
Justice and mercy are not merely principles to be balanced by bureaucrats, but they find their source and definition in the very character of God. He is both just and merciful in a perfection to which his creatures are incapable and too often insensible. We are in need of an analogy.
The Christian is not merely one who strives to be what he ought to be, but he strives to act as he already is. And he is what he is because of who is Savior is, the Son of God. Consequently then, believers also possess their rightful title as sons of God. Happily, the believer’s present identity will eventually unfold into a future and fuller expression of this fact, whenever the Savior appears.