(Romans 3:23 KJV) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;All followers of Jesus must accept this truth.
Some go overboard. They are so focused on sin that they ignore the fact that once we are washed in the blood of the Lamb we become saints. Do a quick run through the letters of Paul. He consistently greets the recipients of his letters as “saints,” not “sinners.”
This came up at our men’s Bible study last week. We were sharing and one of the young men who has had a rough walk kept talking about being a sinner and how that was not going to change. He was not looking for excuses, just repeating what he had been taught by the man who was mentoring him.
Are we saints or sinners?
Can we be both?
The Bible study is working through I Peter so I did a little searching in First and Second Peter. I did a word search for the following words: Sin, sins, sinner, sinners, saint, saints, righteous. Maybe I missed a word. Let me know.
It is important that we know our theology and doctrine. They are important. It is more important that we know our Bible. Theologians are men, and women too, I assume. Doctrine is a human summary. The Bible is the Word of God.
When Peter talks about sin and sinners it is in the past tense, before we are saved. He does not use the word saint in the KJV. He does talk about us being righteous.
Think about it and adjust your vocabulary. We WERE sinners. We PROBABLY will sin. But now we are saints. I am not comfortable with that, but that is the Bible’s label, not mine.
Am I wrong? (My wife is not allowed to respond to that question.)
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