I spent the majority of my Christian life believing I was a sinner. I would venture to guess that 90% or more of you believe that as well. I’m here to let you know that you’re not.
The Gospel isn’t just trying to live right. It isn’t biting your tongue and fighting back words that seek to come out. The Gospel isn’t a battle. Friends, that victory was achieved over 2,000 years ago. I see too many people exhausted, worn out, frustrated, and beat down because they haven’t been taught the true meaning of the Cross. They are still trying to achieve what Christ already accomplished.
Jesus didn’t die on the Cross to expose our sin. He had to become sin and die, I get that. It was necessary in order to render sin powerless over our lives. However, He didn’t die because we were sinners. Christ died on that tree to reveal our created value and to show us who we were originally created to be. It’s all about our identity.
We’ve been taught growing up that we are nothing more than sinners trying to live a good life. That is a lie straight from the pit of Hell. I’m sorry if my wording is strong, but I can’t stand when satan pulls a veil over the eyes of man. We were sinners. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
When we are born again, all things become new. All things. Not some things. Not just part of things. ALL things.
Romans 6:1-11 says (emphasis mine):
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The blood of Christ has reconciled us back to God just as if we never ate the tree in the first place. When sin got done with man in the garden, it was impossible to recognize the image of God. Jesus was marred more than any other man in history, made unrecognizable. That was so we could reclaim our identity. Sin no longer has any rule over our life. We are once again pure before God, as if we had never sinned.
I don’t know about you, but that gets me excited. The God of this universe paid a high price to live inside of us. His very own creation.
I am a son of the Most High King. I am no longer a sinner.