Re: Sinners vs. Saints....
Paul was not ashamed of the Gospel. It was because Paul understood the power behind it. He went from being the chief of all sinners to being a faithful Christian, a faithful saint. You might have known someone who, from a worldly standpoint, was a terrible sinner. Yet they changed and became a Christian. They were baptized for the forgiveness of their sins, and now they are living a faithful Christian life. The Gospel can do the same thing for us if we let it.
Originally Posted by MaryFreeman
We are set free from sin when we obey God (Rom. 6:7,22). What about the idea that some people try to use to justify themselves. They look at what Paul was saying and they say, “Well, Paul was the chief of all sinners, so therefore I can be the chief of all sinners.” They then use the justification of, “You sin; I sin; we all sin; and it’s fine.” Yet Romans 6:1-2 says that we cannot continue in sin so that grace may abound.
Once Paul was converted, and once Paul was a faithful Christian, he was no longer the chief of all sinners. In fact, he was a faithful saint. Ecclesiastes 2:26makes the distinction between a sinner and one of God’s faithful. Notice what the Scripture says. “For God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy to a man who is good in His sight, but to the sinner He gives the work of gathering and collecting, that he may give to him who is good before God. This also is vanity and grasping for the wind.” There is a distinction made between a sinner and one of God’s faithful.
In the New Testament, in 1 Peter 4:18, we read the same thing. “If the righteous one is scarcely saved, where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?” We need to get the mindset out of our heads that we are all sinners and that it doesn’t matter because ”everybody is a sinner.” The Bible doesn’t teach that.
It’s true that a faithful Christian can sin. And if he wants to continue to walk in the light as 1 John 1:7-9 says, then he must repent of that sin and ask God’s forgiveness. If he does not, then he will err and fall from the grace of God as Galatians 5:4 says. But if have been baptized for the forgiveness of our sins, if we are living a faithful Christian life, and if we fall short, repent, and ask God to forgive us of that sin, 1 Corinthians 14:33 calls us “saints.” We are saints.
So we need to make sure that we take away the mindset of “Well, I’m no saint. I’m just a sinner.” If you are one of God’s faithful, you are a saint. We need to be proud that we are God’s faithful, and that we are living lives with God.
All scripture quoted from KJV