Sinner or saint?
This topic has become a burr under my saddle blanket. I get antsy when I hear or read others say, “I’m just a sinner saved by grace.”
Most people misunderstand the definition of saint.
How does the world define saint?
As a summation of the worldly view, this definition from vocabulary.com says it pretty well…
“A saint is a person who is very holy — or just very good. If you gave all your money away to charity, some people might consider you a saint. Saint can refer to a person who is officially recognized as holy within a particular faith or religion. However, any person who is considered deeply religious or especially generous could be called a saint. You might say that someone is a saint if they go to religious services every day, or if they spend a lot of time volunteering at a school or at a hospital.”
Sooo….according to this, a person must be or do that which deems one to be a saint, in the eyes of others.
How does God’s Word define saint?
God’s Word defines saint differently from the world. The Greek word basically means holy, to be set apart, worthy of veneration, etc.
The term saint is not given to one who has done something holy enough to deserve it. In other words, you cannot attain it. It is given to you freely when you accept the living God into your heart.
If you received His Life into yours, you are a new creation in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17). And you are a saint, my friend.
So then, a person is deemed a saint because of Christ, in the eyes of God.
You are a saint with all of Christ’s spiritual blessings within you!
What did Paul write to the Ephesus church? “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” (Eph. 1:3 NKJV)
Did you receive a portion of Christ or all of Him?
All He is – grace, wisdom, forgiveness, joy, peace, patience, holiness, everything – is within you. When He moved into your heart, He came with everything. He didn’t leave some of it sitting on the doorstep. He brought it all with Him when He came to live with you. And He’ll use it at just the right time.
Why do you and I not experience His all?
Mainly because we do not believe God’s Word. Because we have the wrong definition of saint plugged into our noggins.
God emptied all of His Son into each and every believer. Isn’t that an awesome thought?
But if we’re not experiencing what we need, we may have shoved disobedience on top of what He offers and His pipeline of supply is stopped up.
Which do you believe yourself to be?
Sinner or saint? Since God’s Word says you are a saint, are you in sync with God’s definition or the world’s?
Did you know the Bible never says a person is a sinner after receiving Christ? That’s right. If you have welcomed Christ into your life as a believer and have been washed in His blood of forgiveness, you are no longer a sinner.
You sin, yes. A sinner? No. That’s a label. And I think this is another of the enemy’s subtle ploys to drive us away from God’s truth.
Sinner or saint? Which do you believe yourself to be?
Blessings of blessings to you…Lynn