A number of months ago this question first presented itself to me. It came softly and subtly at first then settled in and decided to make my heart its home. It held long conversations with me and asked me many questions in return. It challenged me, caused me to examine my understanding of the Gospel, and forced me to look straight into the eyes of Jesus.
The understanding I came away with from that lengthy dialogue was this: we are all redeemed. Every single one of us who have trusted Christ for salvation have had our past sins and failings wiped away. We have all been given a new life, a new heart, and a new mind. Though still human and flawed, we are no longer our own and instead are owned by Christ. He has taken us from the slavery of sin and set us in His kingdom, willing servants to do His will. He has taken our lives from the pit and is now using them for His glory.
The critical realization that we are all redeemed is something I have come to own with all my heart. That every single one of us, from the most morally upright person to the person who, like the prodigal son, was mired in muck and sin, are redeemed sons or daughters of Christ. Often times we forget this crucial aspect of who we are. We forget that we are not "good" before Christ. We are not even "okay." Apart from the blood of Christ we are completely unworthy, destined for hell and an eternity of bitterness without Him. Even with the cross, we are still wretched sinners, guilty of sin and worthy of hell - but we have been made new and delivered from both. That is the definition of redemption.
Before the cross, we are all on even ground. There is none better, there are none worse; there are only sons and daughters of Christ. There are none on higher ground than others. Some may be a little farther on in their walk, but just as the first are last and the last first, we are all the same before our Savior. All His children. All His beloved. And all redeemed.