You Are a Saint
Recently I was attending a church and I couldn’t believe the prayer that was outlined in their bulletin. It was basically a prayer reiterating our sin over and over. “Oh Lord, I am a sinner. Oh Lord, save me from my sins. Oh Lord, I am sorry for my sins.” You get the point!
Why are Christians so sin-conscious? Many Christians are acting as though Jesus didn’t pay on the cross for their sin. People spend hours begging God to forgive them. You know what that is a sign of? An orphan spirit!
I encourage you to read Romans 5 and 6 as the words on the pages so powerfully describe how our sin was exchanged for the righteousness of Christ. I wish I could just lay out both chapters and go verse by verse and help you understand that you are not bound to your sin anymore, but hopefully even with these few passages, you will gain a deeper understanding.
Romans 6:2-3 says, “We have died to sin once and for all, as a dead man passes away from this life. So how could we live under sin’s rule a moment longer? Or have you forgotten that all of us who were immersed into union with Jesus, the Anointed One, were immersed into union with his death?”
Romans 6:6 says, “Could it be any clearer that our former identity is now and forever deprived of its power? For we were co-crucified with him to dismantle the stronghold of sin within us, so that we would not continue to live one moment longer submitted to sin’s power.”
Romans 6:11 says, “So let it be the same way with you! Since you are now joined with him, you must continually view yourselves as dead and unresponsive to sin’s appeal while living daily for God’s pleasure in union with Jesus, the Anointed One.”
Romans 6:14 says, “Remember this: sin will not conquer you, for God already has! You are not governed by law but governed by the reign of the grace of God.”
Do these passages help you understand that sin is dead and devoid of all of it’s power? As I shared several weeks back, you become what you behold. If you continue to behold your sin, that is exactly what you will become. The more you focus on it, the more it will have power in your life. But if you focus on Christ and the righteousness that he gifted you, then guess what? You will become righteous like Christ!
If you are a Christian, you are no longer a sinner, but you are now a saint! Let me remind you that the definition for a saint is someone who is holy and that is exactly what you are. Ephesians 1:4 says, “And he chose us to be his very own, joining us to himself even before he laid the foundation of the universe! Because of his great love, he ordained us, so that we would be seen as holy in his eyes with an unstained innocence.” 1 Peter 1:16 says, “You are to be holy, because I am holy.”
In addition to these verses, I love that almost every letter in the New Testament has a verse that starts out with, “to the saints.” Why? Because that is exactly what you are. You are now a saint in Christ Jesus. Will you sin? Yes, you will. But you don’t need to go around shouting from the rooftops that you are a sinner and pointing out to God every day what an awful person you are. And you certainly don’t need to beg him to forgive you, because he already did that too.
I think the reason people glorify their sin and constantly focus on their mess ups is because they are selfish and prideful. Someone who is focused on their sin is more absorbed with their personal lack than with the grace gifts Christ gave to them. It’s time to stop focusing on your human nature and start focusing on the Spirit of Christ and the holiness that lives within you.
When you accepted Christ as your Savior you got his spirit, the exact same spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Literally, the power of Jesus Christ lives in you. Are you living a life as though Jesus didn’t pay for anything? Are you living as though you are bound to your sin? Or are you living as though you are now a saint in Christ Jesus? It’s time to take your focus off your own sin and put your focus on Jesus Christ, including your identity in him, a saint!
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