Am I that vain that I can say I am not a sinner? Well, I am human, so I do have vanity within me, but trust me, that is not the reason for me saying, “I am not a sinner.” I will do the best I can to explain this.
Let me begin by defining some terms.
Sinner: A noun. One who falls short of God’s standard of perfection. Your entire positional identity.
Saint: A noun. In Christ. Holy, sanctified, set apart for Christ’s work. Your new identity.
My Identity as a Saint
I am a saint, holy, sanctified, set apart for Christ’s work. In Brian’s words, I am “included.” Through Christ’s death on the cross, He covered my sins and made me a new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.” Make a mental note of that “the old has gone.” Romans 5:8 states, “But God demonstrates His love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Notice “we were still sinners.” That is past tense, my friend. I firmly believe that Paul had grasped onto the fact that as Christians, we are saints. That is why he often started his letters “to the saints of…”
Interesting Note: There are roughly 45 references to Christians as “Saints,” 40 as “Holy,” and five as sanctified as compared to a whopping four as “Sinners.”
Please note that these numbers are approximations, but relatively accurate.
There is quite a difference in those numbers. Do you think maybe God is trying to get something across to us? One thing I do not understand is how it is possible...