I know all the teaching that goes with the mind set of “we are all sinners”.
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”
This is probably the most quoted verse that is used for that purpose. Another is ;
1 John 1:10
If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
There are a few problems that are overlooked just in the wording of these two verses. Both use the “past tense” “have sinned or have not sinned”, which doesn’t fit into the “present tense” of a person who has accepted Christ into their life. This is further backed up with “and his word is not in us”. For those of us who have accepted Christ, His Word in now in us. Let’s look further at what The Word says about those who have come to the saving Grace of God.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
2 Corinthians 5:21
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
We are “new creatures” [ 2Cor.5:17] “made free from sin” [Romans6:18] and “made righteousness of God” [Romans 5:19 and 2 Cor. 5:21 ] through Him, Jesus Christ, “who knew no sin”. Christ completed role of the “perfect Lamb of God” on the Cross at Calvary has washed our sins away as “far as the East is from the West” [ Psalms 103].
Let me put it to you where even a child can learn it.
A doctor practices medicine and has a continuing role in that. That is what a doctor does!
A lawyer practices law and has a continuing role in that. That is what a lawyer does!
A sinner practices sin and has a continuing role in that. That is what a sinner does!
BUT, those who confess Christ Jesus with their mouth, repent of the evil sin nature, they are set free from the old and are to NOT “practice sin”. They are NOT sinners any longer, but Saved by the Grace of God and the Perfect Redemption of His Son Jesus upon that Cross.
Romans 6 : 1
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 3Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7For he that is dead is freed from sin. 8Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 9Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. 10For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 11Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 12Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
As we reflect on the work of the Cross and the Perfect Lamb of God, during this season we celebrate not just the Cross, but the Resurrection as well, for without the Resurrection, our Faith would be in vain.
As Christ died and was Resurrected, so are we, who have partaken of His Grace. We are dead to the old man, and resurrected as a new man.
I find it easier, nowadays for me NOT to sin, then it is for me TO sin. Why? Because I have found out who I am. I am Not a “sinner” any more, and I have found out who I am, “saved by Grace”.
I know who I am, and Whose I am!
My question for you today is this, ” Is not what the Son of God did on the Cross enough for you ? How long will you slap Him in the face and send Him back to the Cross ?” [Hebrews 6:6]
Who are you ? “A Sinner” or are you ” Saved By Grace”?