I am visiting this topic once again. It seems that so-called Christians almost glory in the thought that they are sinners. I shall point out a few things that I have mentioned in the past. I encourage you to search the scriptures to see what they say
What does the scripture say about sin?
The scripture says that by one man’s “sin” death entered the world. That man was Adam, the first man. His act that is called “sin” is the act of rebellion which he established when he ate of the fruit of the forbidden tree. So, the family of Adam, by birthright is counted as a family of rebellion simply by birthright. The only action required to be considered in rebellion, and therefore in sin, is to be born a human being. It is unfortunate that because of that seed of rebellion corresponding actions will follow which we call sins. But the “sins” do not make the “sinner”. It is the “sinner” that makes the “sins”. It is the natural out flow of being born a “sinner” because we are of the seed of Adam.
So, to remain a “sinner” means that you must by consequence remain under the curse which was pronounced upon Adam and his seed because of his rebellion. To declare yourself a “sinner”, even if you attach the phrase, “saved by grace”, is to state an illogical situation. You cannot be a “sinner” and be a “non sinner”. You will be one or the other.
Who is “saved by grace”?
What does it mean to be “saved by grace”? In Romans 8 it defines it as being “set free from the law of sin and death”. In 2 Corinthians 5 it defines it as a “new creation in Christ Jesus”. 1 Peter 1 says that we are “born again of the incorruptible seed of the Word of God.” In Galatians 6 the scripture declares that “neither circumcision nor uncircumcision availeth anything, but a new creation.”
The scripture is abundantly clear that the same creature, who is a sinner, cannot be one who is a member of the family of God through Christ Jesus. To hang on to being a “sinner” is an action of trying to share in God’s glorious work of grace.
Being “saved by grace” means that you are no longer the same creature. You are a new creation in Christ Jesus. In Galatians 2 Paul the apostle puts it this way: “I have been crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live. But the life I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God Who loved me and gave himself for me.” Paul was declaring what is true of every person who comes to salvation through Jesus; we are different persons. We are not members of the rebellious family which was fathered by Adam, but we are now members of the family of faith fathered by Abraham. We are born again of the seed of Abraham. That seed is Jesus. Because of that we are no longer considered sinner, but we are declared “righteous”. Being declared righteous means we have right standing with God through the “righteousness” which is in Christ Jesus.
This term is a covenant term. But it is a covenant term related to family relationship. In respect to family it means that all the privileges pertaining to family membership is ours. How do we know we have this relationship. In 2 Corinthians 5 it declares that “He(Jesus) Who knew no sin became sin for us, that we might be the righteousness (right standing in a covenant) of God in Christ Jesus.” Jesus became the sacrifice, or payment for sin, that we might be declared righteous by receiving Him as our payment. In receiving what Jesus did as our payment for sin, God declares us “Righteous”.
What God declares
As the Lord said to Peter when he lowered the sheet of unclean animals down and Peter refused to eat because it was “unclean”, “Do not declare unclean that which I have cleansed.” When you tell God that you are a sinner saved by grace you are declaring the opposite of what God has said about you. You are declaring that actions declare what you are instead of agreeing with God that you are a “new creation in Christ Jesus.” Jesus said that by your words you will be justified and by your words you will be condemned. By making a self-contradicting statement you show yourself to be double minded. Peter says that this kind of person is unstable in all his ways. Let not him think that he shall receive anything from the Lord.
To know what God has to say about you and how He relates to you, you must know what He says about you. The only way you can know this is by being filled with His Word. First you must be filled with the written word of God. Then by His grace He fills us with the Living Word by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Then we know and are convinced of the New Creation that only God can bring about is evident in our lives. It is no longer I who lives, but Christ lives in me.
Because of this, we can no longer call ourselves a “sinner”. Because to do that would be making the Holy Spirit of God a sinner. It would be making “Christ in you” a sinner. We would be declaring “unclean” that which God has declared “clean”.
How could we come boldly before the Throne of Grace if we acknowledge sin in our lives? We could not. So, it is by grace, through faith, that we declare that “we are the righteousness of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” He, Who knew no sin became sin for me that I might be the righteousness of God in Him.”
Do not fall for the lie of satan that says, “We are sinners saved by grace,” or “I am a sinner saved by grace.” You are either a “sinner” or you are “saved by grace”.
Give glory to God by acknowledging His amazing grace and its work in your life. Do not exalt your piety by exalting your false humility. God will not share His glory with anyone.
He loves you and has paid the full price for your redemption from sin. Exalt Him by receiving His righteousness which was bought by the blood of Jesus.
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