Saint or Sinner?

Perhaps I have your attention already when you saw the title of this blog. Saint or sinner? Are you nervous just thinking about it? I wonder if the first thought that came to you was “Oh, yes I am a sinner for sure!” You are already concerned that if you even dare think the opposite that you have dug yourself into a deeper hole because of your arrogance. Well, let me share some good news with you. If you have acknowledged your need for a Savior, recognized that you can do nothing on your own to bridge the broken relationship between you and God, you chose to believe that Jesus was the sacrifice for your sin through His death on the Cross then you had a heart change!

Your name changed from sinner to saint! Okay, don’t have a heart attack or anything like that but the truth is your identity has changed.  The word “saint” is derived from the Greek verb (hagiazo) whose basic meaning is “to set apart,” “sanctify,” or “make holy,”. When you became a Christian your name changed. God recognizes that your spirit man is now occupied by His Holy Spirit and you are sealed until the day of redemption which is when we are forever changed when we get our resurrected bodies. When God sees us He sees the blood and sees a new creation!

In the Isaiah 1:18 the scriptures says this, “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.” So if in the Old Covenant an offering presented on the altar once a year can cause our sins to be covered how much more for a believer today. We truly have an everlasting covenant and a sacrifice for sin that is everlasting! “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT. “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.” Galatians 2:20.

Does this now mean that you never make a wrong choice? Does this mean when you choose your way over God’s way you change from saint to sinner? Of course not! Your identity does not change because your behavior does. You are still in process. This process is called sanctification which is the daily habit of devoting your life for the pleasure of the Lord. Your heart and life belong to Jesus and your purpose is to become more and more like him until your days are complete on earth.

Your spirit is completely clean but the walking out of your salvation is your part. Your old habits, thoughts and choices are changed as you make choices in line with salvation. “Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God-truly righteous and holy.” Ephesians 4:22-24 NLT.

It is not arrogant to say you are not a sinner. You were a sinner but now you are a child of God, a new creation! Now work out your own salvation. “Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” Philipians 2:12-13. NLT. Now, it is your job to read your Bible, spend time in prayer, gather with other believers and make choices that are pleasing to the Lord. He loves you and He will empower you by His Spirit to walk out your salvation.

We are saved by grace not by anything we did. It was the amazing gift of God sending Jesus as the payment for our sin to redeem us and then to dwell in us as we do life here on earth as His kids. We have had a heart change and we are no longer a sinners but saints! So in complete humility let us remember that without Him we can do nothing!

 

Living by the brook,

Marilyn

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