It matters little where we came from before we came to Christ. We came from a sin identity to a sonship identity regardless of where we came from. I think ‘from’ is the key word. It is where we used to be and where we are no longer. Being a child of God and continuing to live in and identify with our past sin identity is spiritual schizophrenia.
Jerome Ellison writes, “The relief of being accepted by God as a sinner can never be known by one who never thought himself unaccepted or sinful. And yet today one is always hearing of “good Christians.” There were no good Christians in the first church, only sinners. Peter never let himself or his hearers forget his betrayal in the hour of the cockcrow. James, stung by the memory of his years of stubborn resistance, warned the church members: “Confess your faults to one another.” Today the last place where one can be candid about one’s faults is in church. In a bar, yes; in a church, no. I know; I’ve tried both places.”
Knowing where we came from allows us to live on the saved side and not on the sin side. The blood of Jesus removed the sin side.
“The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Jesus