If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. 1 John 8-10
We have all sinned and no one is saved except by God’s grace, but do we define ourselves by our old nature (sinners) or as new creations in Jesus Christ (saints)?
Keeping in mind,
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Cor. 5:2
Apostle Paul often addressed those who are in Christ Jesus as Saints, but
*I’ve noticed we often refer to ourselves as sinners.
Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints,….
So what does “saint” mean,
The word translated the Greek “ἅγιος” (hagios), which derives from the verb ἁγιάζω (hagiazo), which means “to set apart”, “to sanctify”, or “to make holy”. Wiki.
In Christ, our sins have been washed by the blood….
.…. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Cor. 6:11
Sin is now outside of who we are in Christ.
Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.”
So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: Philippines 3:9
I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. Isaiah 61:10
And to stand, it is by His rightouseness. It is part of our armor.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
The accuser likes to remind us of our sins, trying to keep us living under the Law of sin and death.
But Faith in action says…
Our sins have been washed by the blood. We are no longer under the law of sin and death, but under the law of Grace. We have become new creations in Christ and our righteousness is of Him!
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD. Isaiah 54:7
Our identy is in Him!