So there’s this common phrase (or should I say misquoted scripture) that we are all “sinners saved by grace”. Now I understand the concept but the problem I have with this is, that the bible says that those who are born again do NOT sin.
“See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure. Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God. And you know that Jesus came to take away our sins, and there is no sin in him. Anyone who continues to live in him will not sin. But anyone who keeps on sinning does not know him or understand who he is. Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous. But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God. So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil. Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers does not belong to God.” (1 John 3:1-10, NLT)
So, speak for yourselves. But don’t put me (or my brothers and sisters in Christ) in that “Sinner” category. And as a matter of fact, you are a sinner. And a child of the devil if you won’t come to repentance. The old you has to pass away, so how are you a new creation in Christ with the same ol’ mind and lifestyle?
The Lord showed it to me this way: if a person who doesn’t smoke (or drink), smokes a cigarette (or drinks a beer) because they were tempted by stupid commercials or peer pressure, that doesn’t make that person a smoker (or a drinker). That just means that this person sinned by smoking a cigarette (or drinking a beer). Most likely, this person will never smoke (or drink) again because it’s not them. And it’s not in their interest. But if this person just smokes (or drinks) in general, then this person is a smoker (or a drinker). In the same way, there’s a difference between someone who is tempted to sin and someone who just sins because it’s the norm or a way of life to them. True born again believers do not live in sin. They can’t (not comfortably or happily) because God’s HOLY spirit is in them.
It’s amazing how MANY claim to be filled with the Spirit but have no power to overcome sin, and they mock righteousness. These are the people the bible speaks of in the end times having a form of godliness but deny the power thereof (2 Timothy 3:1-5). And if we truly are in Christ with this mindset, then we are being deceived. Jesus died to set us free from the bondage of sin and death. That’s the power of the resurrection! So stop living in an unlocked prison cell. Grace is to grow in the process, not to wallow in our sin with excuses. So, I just wanted to share this with you guys and leave you with some scriptures to keep in mind. Stop calling yourself a sinner (and if you are, repent of your sinful lifestyle!).
With nothing but love,
(Romans Chapter 6, NLT, Sins’ power is broken! ) “Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace. Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you. Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living. Because of the weakness of your human nature, I am using the illustration of slavery to help you understand all this. Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Now you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the obligation to do right. And what was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom. But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”