We Were Sinners
Almost all of us would agree that before Christ comes into our lives, we as a human race are sinners. Because of the fall of man (seen in Genesis chapter 3) we are all born with a sinful nature. It’s part of our nature now and we cannot help but to be influenced by the world, the flesh, or the devil because at birth, we are not automatically committed to Christ. Only when we submit to Him and turn our lives over to Him do we have Christ’s influence on our lives.
We are Cleansed if…
1 John 1:9 states:
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (NASB)
And 1 Corinthians 5:21 tells us:
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (NASB)
This verse really spoke to me. God made it clear to me through this verse that He not only forgave my sin, but he also removed all unrighteousness (wickedness) from me. We are saved by grace when we believe in Christ. And through faith, believing in Him, we are forgiven, cleansed, made righteous. He took our old nature upon Himself and gave us His nature. Making us a new creation. All old things have passed and the new has come. His grace is defined as ‘divine influence upon the heart and it’s reflection in our life.’
New nature in a Sinful World
Now that we are Christians, we are righteous and filled with His grace giving us the desire and ability to do His will. But we still have to guard our hearts. The bible states this several times. Guard your hearts, or humble ourselves, or resist the devil. There are many influences in this life and in this world. We must remain ready, on guard. We must read the bible and set our mind on God and His Kingdom.
We must also know who we are:
I am a child of God. I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. I am a new creation. I have the power of God living in me.
We must live according to who we are:
The bible tells us to put off the old nature and put on the new nature.
Ephesians 4:21-24 New Living Translation (NLT) 21 Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.
Live according to who we are–righteous and holy.
Read here to find out what it means to be holy.
We are Saints
We are no longer sinners by nature once we receive Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior because he changes our nature. We are a new creation. The wickedness has been removed. All sin has been erased, forgiven. We are now children of God, the bride of Christ, prepared for a future in Heaven.
Being a saint is not reserved for a special few who have reached a certain level of Christianity. Saints are all who believe in Jesus and follow Him as their Lord, submitting to Him in all they do. In many books of the New Testament the apostle addresses the churches as saints. “To the Saints who are in Ephesus” for example. For more information here is a link for The bible definition of Saint.