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!