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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Sinner or Saint?

If you had to choose to align identity with that of either a sinner or a saint which would you pick? Do you see yourself as being more of a sinner or more of a saint? I have asked this question to many people including myself, and about 95% of people (including me when I first answered it) said that they felt more like a sinner. Yet nowhere does the bible ever call a believer a sinner. After the point of conversion Christians are called many things in regards to their identity.

You are….
the salt of the earth Matt. 5:13
the light of the world Matt. 5:14
a child of God John 1:12
part of the true vine, a channel of Christ’s life John 15:1, 5
Christ’s friend John 15:15
chosen and appointed by Christ to bear His fruit John 15:16
a slave of righteousness Rom. 6:18
enslaved to God Rom. 6:22
a son of God; God is spiritually your father Rom. 8:14, 15; Gal. 3:26; 4:6
a joint heir with Christ, sharing His inheritance with him Rom. 8:17
a temple-a dwelling place-of God. His Spirit and His life dwell in you 1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19
united to the Lord and are one spirit with Him 1 Cor. 6:17
a member of Christ’s Body 1 Cor. 21:27; Eph. 5:30
a new Creation 2 Cor. 5:17
reconciled to God and are a minister of reconciliation 2 Cor. 5:18, 19
a son of God and one in Christ Gal. 3:26, 28
an heir of God since you are a son of God Gal. 4:6, 7
A SAINT 1Cor. 1:2; Eph. 1:1; Phil. 1:1; Col. 1:2
God’s workmanship-His handiwork-born anew in Christ to do His work Eph. 2:10
a fellow citizen with the rest of God’s family Eph. 2:19
a prisoner of Christ Eph. 3:1; 4:1
righteous and holy Eph. 4:24
a Citizen of heaven, seated in heaven right now Eph. 2:6; Phil. 3:20
hidden with Christ in God Col. 3:3
an expression of the life of Christ because He is your life Col. 3:4
chosen of God, holy and dearly loved Col. 3:12; 1 Thess. 1:4
a son of light and not of darkness 1 Thess. 5:5
a holy partaker of a heavenly calling Heb 3:1
a partaker of Christ; you share in His life Heb. 3:14
one of God’s living stones, being built up in Christ as a spiritual house 1 Pet. 2:5
a member of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession 1 Pet. 2:9, 10
an alien and stranger to this world in which you temporarily live 1 Pet. 2:11
an enemy of the devil 1 Pet 5:8
a child of God and you will resemble Christ when He returns 1 John 3:1, 2
born of God, and the evil one-the devil-cannot touch you 1 John 5:18
(this list is taken from Victory Over the Darkness by Neil T. Anderson p.51-53)

This is a huge list of what the bible has to say about our identity as believers, but never does it call us a sinner.

I think this is one of the Satan’s all time best lies. If he can get Christians to believe that their identity is that of a sinner he’s that much closer to getting them to sin more. Just think, if you view yourself as a sinner are you more or less likely to sin again? More importantly though, if the devil can get you to think or worse, believe that you are a sinner then Christ dying on the cross meant nothing. It’s his way of keeping you in bondage. Christ died, forgave our sins, and still most Christians will tell you that they are sinners.

1 comment:

Peter P said...

That is one of the things which winds me up more than almost anything else.

People calling themselves 'wretched sinners' and all that.

Humility and repentance are fine but we are no longer sinners. We are new creations. Children of God. Yes we still have fallen bodies and yes we still sin but our sin no longer defines us!

Awesome post John!