King James Version (KJV) 5For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.
6Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
7For he that is dead is freed from sin.
A lot of times, Christians claim to be sinners saved by grace. There is no such thing. When you got saved, according to the above verses, you were no longer a sinner. When you are saying you are a sinner saved by grace, you are claiming that you are both saved and still a sinner. It's not both. It's one or the other. Saying you are a sinnner saved by grace is like saying you have dirty hands washed with soap. Your hands can not be both dirty and washed with soap. I am absolutely not a sinner saved by grace. I am a Christian saved by grace.
But God commended His love toward us, in that, while we WERE yet sinners, Christ died for us.
The verse says "while WERE yet sinners...". If we are sinners saved by grace it would say "while we ARE yet sinners...".