Were….. not We’re Sinners

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Have you ever heard something that someone has said….. and for some odd reason it just doesn’t quite sit well with you?   You’re not exactly sure why?  It really may not even be something that is obviously wrong….. but it just….makes you think there has to be more to this than what is being said as simple fact.

I remember having that feeling when I first started going to church at the Christian Church where I live.  We would read in the bible about the gift of tongues and they would usually say something like…. well … we all know that has passed away.   I’m really not sure why, but even as a new Christian, there was something about the statement I just couldn’t hook up with.   From then on….God began to unfold the truth of my curious heart and I found out….no….no it hasn’t passed away…. and I know….. because I have experienced it myself!

Another Christian saying that didn’t resonate with me was…

“We Christians are all Just Sinners…Saved by Grace……

We have heard that one over and over throughout the years…. and for some reason it has always caused a “twang” inside of me.
WHY?
Is it because I don’t want to admit that I am a sinner?   I mean… it isn’t a pretty title to carry around, Is it?   I fought with myself many times to accept that “title” because it seemed like the humble thing to do.   I thought it had to be pride that made me refuse to repeat the phrase everyone else seemed to have no trouble letting roll off their tongues.

We  label the unsaved as heathens…. evil….gentiles…..Sinners!
How could I be “still” a sinner?
Oh…. I know very well … that I was a sinner before I asked Jesus to forgive all of my sins…. and receive Him as my Lord and as my Savior!!!
That cleansing feeling… OMGosh… their is nothing like it!!!  Hope…. Joy…… Peace…. Love….all wrapped up in that one…. very special act!
Who would EVER want to go back to living that old way of life after experiencing His Grace and His Mercy.

From that moment on I began to learn how I am now a Child of God (John 1:12)
We are the Righteousness of God (2nd Corinthians 5:21).
My sins are removed… as far as the East is from the West (Psalm 103:12).
Many more Scriptures declare what we have inherited and who we have become, because of the Sacrifice Jesus made on the cross for us.  It isn’t an easy road to walk when you know what you “were”…… and even harder when those voices continue to whisper in your ear reminders on a daily…. and sometimes……hourly basis.

Once again…. I asked God about my struggle with this.  I didn’t want to not accept truth…. truth that would “put my in my place” to remind me of my status of “Sinner… saved by Grace”…. but also didn’t want to not accept the truth that, that is no longer who I am.

The analogy He gave me was….  A Prisoner.

When someone has committed a crime warranted of prison… his “title” now is  …. “prisoner”.
As long as he is in the prison system…… that will remain a fact.
If…however….he is exonerated…. he now has been set free from the prison and also … the “title”…. of prisoner.
What person…. once released from prison…. introduces or refers to themselves as a “prisoner?”
True…. I don’t know many people who have been to prison to confirm this statement… or maybe…… because of that very fact of them not declaring their previous state….I am unaware of knowing…… and so I “think” I do not know anyone who has been to prison.
In any account…. if the conversation ever did come up…. I am very certain…… they would not refer to themselves as a “prisoner”.

They were ONCE a “prisoner”… but … Now they are now….. simply…. a citizen!

We WERE sinners…. but through the exoneration of the Blood of Jesus…. we no longer wear that “title”!

I am a Child Of God…. who makes mistakes… who misses the mark sometimes…. who “sins”….
But that does not define me as a “sinner” no more than a person who was once in prison is still labeled a prisoner.

That was very freeing for me!  I didn’t have to carry that title around with me anymore!  I can declare …. I WAS lost….. but NOW…. I am found.    I am a NEW creature… the old…. has passed away…. all things…. are new! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

We are taught to watch our words….. declaring healed…. even when the symptoms say otherwise.
Our needs met….we have the wisdom of God…the Favor of God…… we can do all things through Christ Jesus… we are Righteous….we are forgiven.

Then……why… would we want to continue to declare we are “sinners?”

We WERE….but Thanks to the Blood of Jesus…. WE’RE no longer….”sinners”!

 

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