Friday, May 27, 2011

288. Works or Grace?

288. Works or Grace?

292. "Sinners" Saved by Grace?

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In our new lives in Christ, should we continue to refer to ourselves as "sinners"? Having been saved by grace, are we still "sinners"?

Don't we have a new identity in Christ? Haven't we become the "righteousness of God in Christ Jesus"? While we were once "dead in transgressions," hasn't God now made us alive together with Him as new creations? So why do we still refer to ourselves as "sinners"?

Some may bring up the words of the Apostle Paul, who referred to himself as "the chief of sinners." But was he talking about his current life in Christ, or his overall reign as the biggest sinner in the world because of the things he had formerly done in his life? In other words, at the time he used the phrase "chief of sinners," did Paul think of his current life as that of a very sinful person?

Should be a good conversation, as we talk about all these things, as well as what happens if we continue to live with the mentality that we're merely poor, wretched sinners.

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