Are Christians ‘Sinners Saved by Grace’ or ‘Saints’? ( by Carley Evans )

An interesting debate pops up now and then — are Christians sinners? Or are they now and ever only saints?

In the same portion of the same letter, the author of 1 John writes, “If we claim to have fellowship with [God] yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.” In the very next sentence, he also writes, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:6-8, NIV)

So we are sinners saved by grace who walk in the light, and who are purified by the blood of Jesus. Of course, we continue to sin. We are not perfected yet.

The author of 1 John continues, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar and His Word has no place in our lives.” (1 John 1:9-10) He goes on to state that he is writing this so that they “will not sin.” (1 John 2:1)

So, we are saints by virtue of the fact that we confess our sins; and Jesus faithfully out of His justice forgives us our sins and makes us righteous.

Thank You, Lord for Your awesome gift of salvation and sanctification. In Jesus’ Name, amen!

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Are Christians ‘Sinners Saved by Grace’ or ‘Saints’? ( by Carley Evans )

  1. savedbygrace says:

    Hi Sis, I love you with the Love of Jesus

    “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”

    – this verse is written for the unbelievers. not for Christians.

    – Believers are the Light (Matthew 5:14), therefore they cannot be in darkness
    – Believers are righteous not by their works (2 Corinthians 5:21), therefore they are always righteous

    1 John 3:9
    9 No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him,
    and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God.
    10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of
    the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one
    who does not love his brother.

    – We are children of God, we are in the light, we are born again, we are the seeds of Abraham
    – Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God

    – Righteousness is not attained by work, but through faith in Jesus. Its fruit is righteous works…

    1 John 5:18
    18 We know that God’s children do not make a practice of sinning, for God’s Son
    holds them securely, and the evil one cannot touch them.
    19 We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the
    control of the evil one.

    – We have been forgiven of our entire life of sins (past, present, future). by the riches of His (Jesus) grace, not according to our daily confession. this is the Good news, this is the Gospel

    – Unbelievers must confess that they are sinners and not their sins (it will be impossible to remember all since birth),
    – Unbelievers who was been forgiven of their sins become saints by the blood of Jesus.

    awesome, amazing grace!

    grace and peace to ya.

  2. mtsweat says:

    You nail this one perfectly Carley. And I promise I did not read this before writing my most recent. It amazes me how often this happens. I’m writing about something that is on the mind of other believers. It also amazes me how much confusion there is about this topic. I believe the Bible teaches that as believers, there will never be a time this side of eternity where we need Jesus any less, because we still yield to the flesh… and fall into sin. The greater problem is seeing our sin. I can’t imagine anyone believing they have loved God with their all, and their neighbor as themselves. I’m afraid I haven’y mastered that, and I can honestly say I don’t know anyone else who has either. If so, there would be a lot less starvation in our world. God bless.

    • lambskinny says:

      Amen, M.T. Thanks so much. I’ve had the same experience — I write something God has placed on my mind and heart then find He’s placed it on others as well. So amazing. God bless you, brother and friend. Carley

    • savedbygrace says:

      **I can’t imagine anyone believing they have loved God with their all, and their neighbor as themselves. I’m afraid I haven’y mastered that, and I can honestly say I don’t know anyone else who has either**
      ——————————————————————————

      You have said it perfectly brother.

      as it is written

      “there is no one righteous, not even one”
      – Romans 3:10

      But there is one righteous, his name is Jesus! He is the Righteosness himself

      “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption”
      – 1 Corinthians 1:30

      Jesus who is Righteous, Who has Fulfilled the LAW, Who is our representative exchange his Righteous with our sin so at the cross our sins (all of em) will be judged.

      “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God”
      – 2 Corinthians 5:21

      The Law, that is loving God with all our heart, loving our neighbor as ourselves , Has been fulfilled by Jesus – because WE CANNOT fulfill the LAW. the Law was designed to bring us to the end of ourselves

      oh, I love Romans

      Romans 3
      19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law,
      so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.

      20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law;
      rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

      Romans 8
      3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by
      sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.
      And so he condemned sin in the flesh,

      6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life
      and peace.

      7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God;
      it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.

      8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

      Romans 10
      4 Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes

      grace and peace to ya.. keep on keeping on
      🙂

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