Today I hear many “Christians” call themselves sinners, and some call themselves Saints, but what does God call His reborn children through Jesus Christ?
I found, throughout His word, and through His Spirit of truth, His Spirit always reveals, God does not call His chosen children, thathave accepted Christ, sinners. This teaching has given many a false theology of who He is, and a false theology always results in bad behavior.
Many “Christians” today, because of this teaching, sin every day, and this teaching is causing many to not receive the fullness of who He is within them.
First we are going to look at some definitions as we always do to help us clearly understand what some of His words mean.
Sanctify - The Greek word is hagiazo, it sounds like hag-ee-ad'-zo it means to purify internally by renewing of the soul.
example: 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24. May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.
cleanseth - KJV
purifes - NIV
Greek word is katharizo, it sounds like kath-ar-ld'-zo
to make clean from sin and defilement, to purify from wickedness and pronounce clean.
1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
Redeemed - Greek word exagorazo, sounds like ex-ag-or-ad'-zo. payment of a price to recover from the power of another, to buy up for one's self.
Example: Galatians 3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written. "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree". (Deut. 21:23)
He redeemed us in order the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.
Perfect - Greek word teleios, sounds like tel'-i-os. not wanting nothing necessary to completeness, mature spiritually. Someone that knows all they are given comes from God's perfection not their own perfection.
Example: Mathew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
I hear His children constantly calling themselves sinners, and what we see ourselves as, we often believe we are. For example:
A good parent will always see their child as a good version of themselves. A good moral parent teaches a child they are good, can make good choices, and soon this child becomes self-reliant, self-sufficient, and thinks they can accomplish anything they plan and desire by their own choices. This comes from the parents and the view the parents have of themselves, and they pass it on to their children.
A bad parent will always see their child as a bad version of themselves. They treat their child like they are not capable of making good choices, they will treat them like they cannot change or never show any good behavior and the child soon takes on this view of themselves. This again, is because of the view the parents have of themselves, and they pass it on to the child.
When God is our Father through Jesus Christ, He sees His Son they have received through His Spirit. He sees the work of His Son, and the willingness of the child to give up all they need to, to please their Heavenly Father IF He is the Lord of your life. Do not say He is Lord if He is not your Lord. He does not see our sinful nature’s any longer, and He gives us grace to be able to say “NO” to all ungodliness in us, and all the pleasures the world calls us to put above Him.
God’s grace is much more powerful than any sin that is within each of us, and all the pleasures the world as to offer. If you are not seeing yourself as God sees you, then perhaps you are not willing to give up something, or someone for Him that has become more important than Him. Idolatry is a sin, and today many are being deceived because they think an idol is another god like they use to have in the Old Testament, and it does not mean anything or anyone each of us puts above Him today.
A person can idolize anything, or anyone above God, and that will cause Him not to be able to work in you as He desires. He wants to pure heart for Him for His presence to live in. He will not compete with anyone, or anything above Him, but you will never know the peace that is greater than your understanding until you give up that idol, or thing you love that is destroying you.
Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hop-the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
Here are some words God has given to Paul to share with different churches he was building in different places God had sent Him during the Biblical times.
Those who had received Jesus Christ in Rome God instructs Paul to speak and write through His Spirit:
Romans 1:7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
You are called through God to be saints through Jesus Christ.
Romans 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
The Holy Spirit searches our heart, and knows our mind, and He intercedes for the saints according to His will.
Romans 15:25 But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints.
Paul called the body he was ministering to saints. I wonder if this made them realize who God was calling them to be through His Son. If I kept calling myself a sinner I would soon act like one.
Romans 15:15-16 I have written you quite boldly on some points, as if to remind you of them again, because of the grace God gave me to be a minister to the Gentiles with the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God, so the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable of God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
If a person has the Spirit of God working in them then they are being sanctified, and called and seen by God a child of God like he sees His Son.
To the church in Corinth God instructs Paul to speak and write:
1 Corinthians 1:2 To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord and ours.
Are you being sanctified in Christ through His Spirit, called to be holy, if so, you are a Saint.
1 Corinthians 6:1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?
Paul was rebuking some of the children of God for having enough division between one another they took it to court instead of letting the church solve their problem through the saints.
6:9-11 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral, or idolaters, nor adulterers, nor male prostitutes, nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves, nor greedy, nor drunkards, nor slanders, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God, and ta is what some of you were. (PAST TENSE) BUT you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
This is the transformation from natural sinners to spirit filled Saints through His Spirit, those who receive Christ are sanctified through the power of His Spirit and sees their transformation from who they were to who they are when they receive Him.
1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
God is not the author of confusion for His saints, but they have His peace. Christ is our peace, and it is His peace that qualify us as being His saints.
The church in Ephesus
Ephesians 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
This lets us know we no longer conform to this world, we are strangers here, but citizens of the saints, a new household of God!
Ephesians 3:8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
I too am like Paul consider myself less than the least of all the saints, but I am still a saint by the grace given through Christ to preach among all people the unsearchable riches of Christ.
Ephesians 3:18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
This is one of my favorite prayers throughout God’s word, because I want everyone to be able to comprehend with all the saints how long, wide, high and deep the love of God is. Truly it is endless, and pours out of us without end.
Ephesians 4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ
Paul is telling the church in Ephesus the work of the Holy Spirit and His gifts of service is given to perfect the people of God, for the work of the ministry, for edifying the people of God for God’s purpose of making a people of His very own, becoming mature spiritually, attaining the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. We can see through the first disciples this was accomplished, many were healed, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually, but today His purpose is not being fulfilled as it was then.
Here are some from the Old Testament talking about His people and they are self explained.
Psalm 30:4 Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
Psalm 31:23 O love the Lord, all ye his saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.
Psalm 37:28 For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.
Psalm 89:7 God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him.
Psalm 149:1 Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.
Proverbs 2:8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.
For a child of God to call themselves still sinners, makes God sound like a bad parent because He does not see His Son has a sinner so He surely does not see His children that have received Him still as sinner, but a Saint because they have surrendered their life to Him through the Son.
God sees His children in Christ differently than He sees others in the world, and these words may help you to see yourself as He sees you in Christ. If you are not in Christ, a natural human being you will always see yourself as a sinner too deep in the mud and mire for Him to save, or too high for Him, a self-righteous sinner that is a self-sufficient person saving themselves from all the evil that is within them.
A true child of God sees Himself as God sees them, and that is one of His Saints through His Son, not a sinner, they have been reborn. A natural man will never see themselves as God sees them.
A person can be a slow saint, a lukewarm saint, a half dead saint, a stubborn saint, a backsliding saint, an infant saint, or a whole spirit, body, and soul sanctified saint, but all are still one of His saints saved by grace being sanctified daily.
When you hear our Father tell you how He sees you it will always take yourself past the way you see yourself! I hope this helps you see yourself as God sees you. If you have truly received Jesus Christ, His words of truth will give you the power to lift your soul and spirit higher than yourself, no matter how low, or high you think you are, into His Kingdom now for eternity!
If you have not received Jesus Christ, now is the day, so you can see yourself as He sees you, washed clean of sin, sanctified through His righteousness, justified, purified, and redeemed by His blood! You are Healed in all ways He can heal a person, and you will see yourself as He sees you now and until he calls you home if you remain in Him!