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SHOOT'N FROM THE HIP: You don't even know who you are!(Pt.1)

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I'm not de one who is confused! You don't even know who you are!
- Rafiki, The Lion King.
Do you have a computerized bible? A bible program on your computer? Do a word search for me.... Type in SINNER.... See if what you come up with applies to you now that you are saved....
I found twelve instances in the KJV....
Twelve.... In the entire KJV New Testament.... Here are eleven:
WHAT DOES THE WORD SAY?:
(Luk 7:37 KJV) And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,
(Luk 7:39 KJV) Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.
(Luk 15:7 KJV)I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
(Luk 15:10 KJV)Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
(Luk 18:13 KJV)And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much ashiseyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
(Luk 19:7 KJV) And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.
(Joh 9:16 KJV) Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.
(Joh 9:24 KJV) Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.
(Joh 9:25 KJV) He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.
(Jas 5:20 KJV) Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.
(1Pe 4:18 KJV)And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
SHOOT'N FROM THE HIP:
Notice that in all of these verses either the writer is making a distinction between sinner and righteous.... Or it is being slanderously applied to Someone who quite patently is NOT a sinner....
There are still those who go about (honestly believing they are being pious) saying they are a "sinner saved by grace".... It grates on the nerves regardless of the persons intended effect on others.... Because only 3/4ths of that sentance is biblically correct....
SAVED BY GRACE....
Honestly.... There is not one sinner who is saved by grace that remains a sinner.... Notice for one thing that James says that one who converts the sinner from the error of his ways.... One what? Because the blind cannot lead the blind as Jesus himself says.... So if the one falling away from God is a sinner.... The one who did NOT err from the truth is a what?
Back up to verse 16 in James 5....
WHAT DOES THE WORD SAY?:
(Jas 5:16 KJV) Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
This statement is more powerful (I feel) in the amplified....
Check it out....
(Jas 5:16 AMP) Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].
SHOOT'N FROM THE HIP:
If you go back up to my word search results you will notice that one thing causing contention among the ruling elite in Jesus day was that they did not believe a sinner could perform miracles.... Why would God work so dynamically through a sinner?
Yet just above we see the earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].... Some folks believe that James 5:16 is for healing.... And yes it is.... You can receive physical healing through prayer.... But amplified James 5:16 is for healing and restoration to a spiritual tone of mind and heart....
This is specifically geared to bring the one who erred back into communion with the Lord.... Not to mention saving that person from certain death.... Death in this instance being eternal separation from God....
But what I specifically want you to focus on is what that says about the "sinner" in this equation....
This sinner is on a course of evil (as the amplified says it).... This person has fallen off the wagon.... Strayed from the Truth.... And as the wages of sin is death (eternal separation from the Father).... And the one who converts the sinner is saving him from death (eternal separation from the Father).... And we know the one doing the saving is referred in previous verses as a righteous man....
Do you really wish to be labeled a "sinner"?
Sinners are not saved by grace and remain sinners.... It cannot happen (as we see in James 5:19-20).... Because if it could.... There would be no need for them to be "converted".... The Greek word used in verses 19 and 20 for convert and converteth is epistrepho.... which means to turn about or back.... Or to cause to return.... So if you are going one way.... Or on one path.... And I come and return you to a previous path.... Or you turn back to a previous path.... You have done a complete 180 and are no longer headed where you were.... Or no longer in the position you used to be in....
Regardless of what anyone says.... You cannot go East to go West....
All that to say this....
You cannot be a saint (according to the Apostle Paul) and a sinner at the same time....
That is physically and spiritually impossible....
Said that to say this.... I want you to notice what happened with the woman who came into Simon's (not Peter's) house during dinner and cried so much she soaked Jesus' feet with her tears.... And then wiped them with her hair.... What she was doing was obviously seeking forgiveness.... Which is what you do when you know you have lived wrong and wish to be right again....
You repent....
And because she did.... Her sins (which were many) were forgiven (Luke 7:47).... What I really want you to see is what Jesus says to her in verse 50....
WHAT DOES THE WORD SAY?:
(Luk 7:50 NLT) And Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."
SHOOT'N FROM THE HIP:
He says to her that her faith.... The absolute conviction she felt that if she just came to Him and worshipped Him.... Brought Him all her nasty little secrets and changed her mind (repented).... That she would be forgiven and set free.... Had saved her....
Now watch this.... Another instance in which Jesus forgives the sins of an adulteress.... Look at what He says to the woman:
WHAT DOES THE WORD SAY?:
(Joh 8:10 AMP) When Jesus raised Himself up, He said to her, Woman, where are your accusers? Has no man condemned you?
(Joh 8:11 AMP) She answered, No one, Lord! And Jesus said, I do not condemn you either. Go on your way and from now on sin no more.
SHOOT'N FROM THE HIP:
He says "and from now on sin no more."
Well isn't that what a sinner does?
If a grower grows things.... And a buyer buys things.... And a carver carves things.... Then by nature a sinner sins....
Yet Jesus is telling this newly forgiven woman not to sin! Which if she followed that directive (and we all know she did).... She is no longer a sinner....
Incidentally the Greek word for condemn(ed) used in verses 10 and 11 is katakrino.... Which means to give judgment against.... When Jesus said "Neither do I".... What He was doing was forgiving the woman of her sins.... The Greek word for forgive is aphiemi.... Which means to give up, or to keep no longer.... Or to lay aside.... So Jesus was laying aside judgment of the womans many sins.... And when He did this she was converted from sinner to forgiven set apart one.... Or saint....
When the Apostle Paul addressed his letters.... He addressed them to "the saints who....".... The Greek word used was hagios.... Which means sacred (physically pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially concecrated).... Holy one....
WHAT DOES THE WORD SAY?:
(Rom 1:7 KJV) To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
(1Co 1:2 KJV) Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
(2Co 1:1 KJV) Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:
(Eph 1:1 KJV) Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
(Php 1:1 KJV) Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:
(Col 1:2 KJV) To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
SHOOT'N FROM THE HIP:
As opposed to a hamartolos.... Or a sinner.... Who is "devoted to sin".... One who is "not free from sin".... If that is not you.... You are not a sinner ("saved by grace" or otherwise)....

Said all that to say this.... You will not ever find one instance in the entire new testament at all ever where any one of the writers addresses one who has been forgiven of sins and set free.... One who puts their faith and trust in Christ alone to save them.... As a sinner.... Here's a list of a few of the terms used for Christians:
Saint
Beloved
Brethren
Ambassador
Child of light
Child of God
Little Flock
Little Children
Partakers of the inheritance
Folks this is only a few of them.... And watch what Peter says:
WHAT DOES THE WORD SAY?:
(1Pe 1:1 KJV) Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
(1Pe 1:2 KJV)Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
SHOOT'N FROM THE HIP:
Now what did Peter mean when he said "to the strangers"? Well.... Check it out in the CEV (Contemporary English Version)....
(1Pe 1:1 CEV) From Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ. To God's people who are scattered like foreigners in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia.
God's people who are scattered like foreigners.... For the folks living at that time.... Peter was talking to the underground church.... They were in hiding because several Roman emperors declared Christianity illegal.... And at least one insane emperor blamed them for the burning of Rome and murdered them for refusing to deny their Savior....
We now a days can look at this differently.... We are not in hiding from an insane dictator.... We don't have to meet underground.... We can go to the markets and buy and sell freely.... But still.... We are indeed strangers....
WHAT DOES THE WORD SAY?:
(Php 3:20 AMP) But we are citizens of the state (commonwealth, homeland) which is in heaven, and from it also we earnestly and patiently await [the coming of] the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) [as] Savior,
(Heb 12:23 AMP) And to the church (assembly) of the Firstborn who are registered [as citizens] in heaven, and to the God Who is Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous (the redeemed in heaven) who have been made perfect,

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