We’ve all heard it or said it, “I am a sinner saved by grace.”
- Is this statement scripturally accurate?
- Is it blasphemous?
- Does it trample on the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross?
The statements we declare reveal our deep-seated beliefs. And belief determines behavior.
When you become a believer, your spirit is regenerated, born again. The Holy Spirit comes to dwell inside us and empowers us to walk in God’s ways.
Therefore, as a believer, positionally you are no longer a sinner and are not in the same state or status as an unbeliever. You are now one with Christ.
And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.1 John 4:16-17
That is profound! As Jesus is, so are we in this world! When we receive Jesus as Lord and Savior, we are now saved from eternal damnation and sin.
God’s Word declares:
For by grace you have been saved through faith…Ephesians 2:8-9
Saved from what? Sin!
Keywords: “have been saved.”
A more accurate statement would be: “I was a sinner saved by grace.”
God’s Word says that when we are in Christ, we are a new creation. It’s mind-boggling, but it’s wonderful to know that one third of us is fully saved (our spirit). As triune beings comprised of spirit, soul, and body, what gets saved at the moment of salvation is our spirit. Our soul and body are not yet redeemed. They will be redeemed when we are with Christ eternally. But our spirit is a new creation.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, behold, all things have become new.2 Corinthians 5:17
So why do some believers say that they are sinners when God’s Word says that they are a new creation?
Because they are NOT living the reality of the Bible. They live defeated and powerless.
We forget who we really are when we are just Bible “hearers” instead of being Bible “readers.”
We cannot live off of weekend sermons and expect to be powerful in the Lord healing the sick, setting people free from demonic oppression, walking in the Spirit, discerning the things of the Spirit, and seeing through the smokescreen of fear and deception of the world. Weekend services are meant to be a celebration. We cannot depend on a weekly 30-minute sermon for our daily spiritual sustenance.
To grow deep roots in our faith, we must feed ourselves and strengthen our inner being by communing in relationship with our heavenly Father through prayer and reading the Bible daily. There are no shortcuts. Both young and old, rich and poor, all have to follow the same path for personal spiritual growth.
Imagine going a day, a week, or months without eating your natural food! You’ll starve to death!
And that is exactly what we do to our spirit man when we don’t feed it God’s Word on a daily basis. We starve it to death. We become delirious and begin to utter unbiblical, unfounded, and irrational statements like “I am a sinner saved by grace.”
Whatever we declare with our mouths after “I am” is established and becomes reality in our lives:
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.Proverbs 18:21
And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.Matthew 16:19
How do we do that?
Through our declarations.
How can we correct our wrong thinking and bad theology?
Through the power of God’s Word because it is life.
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is of no benefit. The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and are life!John 6:63 TLV
We live in a world surrounded by sin, housed inside a body that is tempted by sin. The only anchor that will continually remind us of the new creation we are in Christ is God’s Word. And by that, I mean the daily reading of God’s Word.
When we don’t read God’s Word, we become easy prey to false doctrines that minimize the powerful work of Jesus on the cross. We only utter un-biblically founded statements out of ignorance when we don’t know our Father. We get to know who our Father God really is through His revealed Word.
God’s Word anchors our identity.
How we view ourselves is how we act. No wonder God’s Word says to renew the spirit of our minds!
That you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.Ephesians 4:22-24 NKJV
I like how the NLT version puts it:
Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.
Isn’t that powerful?
You are a new creation!
Your sins have been forgiven.
You are NOT a sinner.
Sinners practice sin. New creations cannot practice sin because they are born of God:
Children, let no one mislead you! The one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as Yeshua is righteous. The one who practices sin is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. Ben-Elohim [the son of God] appeared for this purpose—to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God practices sin, because God’s seed remains in him. He cannot sin, because he is born of God.1 John 3:7-9 TLV
That excites me!
If you are born of God you do not practice sin (to “practice” means to do something habitually). Why? Because God’s seed remains in you!
Do we flunk from time to time? Absolutely! And when we do, we repent (turn from it), draw near to God and ask forgiveness, and move forward. It is not a habitual practice. If it is a habitual practice, then deliverance is needed.
It’s important to note that it is NOT by our own might and smarts that we are no longer sinners, but by God’s “seed” that remains inside us!
What seed? His Word!
How powerful is that! No wonder the enemy makes you sleepy and tired when you’re trying to read God’s Word.
Think about it! God’s seed, HIS WORD, is what changes our label from “sinner” to “righteous”. God’s seed growing inside us produces works of righteousness! That is why God’s Word says that those born of God cannot sin.
And that explains why you don’t stay up in the middle of the night scheming a plan to rob your bank, or planning to steal your neighbor’s car, or watching films that open the door to all sorts of immorality, or finding how to be a false witness against a friend. These are the works of sinners. Righteous people do not practice these evil deeds.
I believe the strategy of the devil is to keep us from reading God’s Word to prevent us from being the mighty warriors and solid people rooted in God with depth of understanding.
The enemy wants to keep us ignorant.
It is so important to pay attention to what we confess with our mouths because our beliefs determine our behavior.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.Proverbs 18:21
We confess what we believe. And we get what we confess.
Reading God’s Word dissolves our ignorance and makes us smarter than our enemies!
Let’s not be deceived. We are righteous people, kings, and priests, by the power of Jesus on the cross.
Let’s not trash Jesus’ work on the cross with declarations or wrong theology that invalidate and disrespect His sacrifice.
Let’s read the Bible daily, commune with the Father daily through prayer, and watch your ignorance die and confidence soar!