Saints Or Sinners Scriptures

Some folks like to call themselves sinners and not saints. I used to think of myself as a sinner too, until I discovered my true identity in Christ. When you read these scriptures, ask yourself if they make sense when you substitute “sinners” for “saints”.

  • Mat 27:52  and the tombs were opened; and many bodies of the saints sinners that had fallen asleep were raised;
  • Act 9:32  And it came to pass, as Peter went throughout all parts, he came down also to the saints sinners that dwelt at Lydda.
  • Rom 1:7  to all that are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints sinners: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Rom 16:15  Salute Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints sinners that are with them.
  • 1Co 14:33  for God is not a God of confusion, but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints sinners,
  • 2Co 1:1  Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints sinners that are in the whole of Achaia
  • Eph 3:18  may be strong to apprehend with all the saints sinners what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
  • Php 1:1  Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, to all the saints sinners in Christ Jesus that are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:

For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. Romans 6:6 (NIV)

But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. Romans 6:22 (NIV)

God and His holy word refer to God’s children as saints. We are no longer sinners saved by grace. We are saints. Though we still sin, and will till we draw our last breath, God sees us as saints, his holy and righteous children. Not because of anything we did, but what Christ did on the cross.

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4 thoughts on “Saints Or Sinners Scriptures

  1. Hi Steven. Overly excited here to see you back at the keypad Brother! You have been missed and I look forward to your words of gratifying praise to our Lord.

    On the matter of this Saint or sinner, are we maybe both? Is it possible that as Saints we remain sinners this side of glory? Luther concluded we are, but then, many have come to different conclusions. Still, as you admit, we continue to sin… and that by definition means something.

    I think this falls perfectly in line with Scripture’s always treatment of salvation and glorification as “now, but not quite yet.” In the eyes of God, because of Christ’s sacrifice, we are perfected, even glorified. But in this fleshly body of sin (Romans 7 following 6), the sanctifying work of Christ is an on-going process that will not be complete until He has rescued us entirely from it.

    Here is a thought to consider. When Paul identified himself in his letter to Timothy (1st, 1:15), he did so with the words, “Jesus came to save sinners, of whom I AM foremost.” It is present tense, just as his defining description of himself in Romans 7.

    We can by all means praise Jesus that in the eyes of God be considered Saints only because of Jesus, but in reality, in this vessel of clay that we exist, we must admit that we still sin. The identifying label of one who sins is sinner. Sinners saved by grace, but still sinners.

    It is a good thing that we identify ourselves with Jesus as Saints, but I think Luther was very right when he concluded that we are Saints while still sinners simultaneously. It seems an oxymoron, but it keeps us from placing ourselves in a place above those we carry the Gospel to, those just like us who need only experience the amazing grace of God to also be able to identify themselves as the children of God.

    I really look forward to your work good friend, and pray these words aren’t offensive…they are not meant to be. Blessings and much grace to you!

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    • Dear Mike, WOW! Your comments are amazing. And I agree with you wholeheartedly. In fact, with your permission, I’m going to use some of these thoughts in a follow up post next week. My whole purpose for writing this post came after a good friend of mine treated a friend of ours in less than a loving way. I’m sending you an email to fill you in on the rest of the story. I really appreciate your thoughts. They helped me further clarify my own thinking. God spoke to me, Mike, through your words. Thank you so much. God bless you my friend.

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