Thanks to Sean for the DIG today…..
Living where we live in the UK and if you mix in what is referred to as ‘Christian Circles’ it will not be long until someone will speak about their position before God and use the phrase: ‘I’m just a sinner saved by Grace’.
This is said usually by someone who in false humility wants to show their place before God and thus keep you in yours.
However, what these folks do not realise is instead they show their ignorance of the Scriptures and pervert Ephesians 2:8.
Does this sound harsh, yes, but if someone perverts scripture and turns it into a tradition based on a lie how else should we take it.
We can respectfully talk to the person but nine times out of ten that person has no real interest in what you say and is more interested in hanging on to their tradition.
Why should we even care if the person is a believer? We care because it is a lie.
When I was born again and accepted Jesus into my life I became a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17 and Galatians 6:15).
I am not that sinful person anymore as my spirit has been born again (John 3:3-7 & 1 Peter 1:23).
But I’m not just saved by grace, there is the step of faith that I have to take and accept Jesus finished work on the cross (John 17:20-21; 2Corinthians 4:13 & Hebrews 11:16).
The key is that this verse in Ephesians uses the past tense.
It states what I have to do in faith and it expresses God’s grace.
The other way, which is a perversion of the truth, focuses on our perceived ‘condition of sin’ rather than the one who dealt with sin once and for all, if we only accept it.
Speak this out today:…..”Thank you Lord that I am no longer a sinner and that thanks to your finished work I am indeed a new creation. I may have been a sinner once but I am now the righteousness of God in Christ thanks to Jesus.
Ephesians 2 v 8…..For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God