Among my favorite questions I often ask believers during close-up conversations on faith is “whether they refer themselves as sinners being born again Christians?” Seven out of ten times I receive “YES” for an answer. Two out of the seven are most often new believers who have not yet been exposed to the truth of the scriptures. The remaining five constituents people who have been believers for long and have come across Paul’s discussion of justification and righteousness in the book of Romans yet cannot seem to appropriate the free gift of righteousness for themselves.
At earlier occurrences, it came as a huge shock to me. I began to appreciate how Paul admonished Timothy to “Study to show himself approved unto God, a workman who needs not to be ashamed, Rightly Dividing the word of Truth” [2 Timothy 2:15]. Dividing truth rightly ought to be the ambition of every believer who seeks increase and spiritual growth. It is certainly in understanding the truth that makes a person free as Jesus said [John 8:32].
Understanding truth is very vital in our Christian walk. Hosea sobbed that Gods people were being destroyed for the lack of Knowledge [Hosea 4:6]. Fortunately in our dispensation of grace, we have the knowledge of Christ but not all Christians are ready to receive and walk by it passionately. Paul prayed for the Church of Ephesians that their understanding will be enlightened to comprehend all the glorious triumphs the believer has access to through Christ Jesus [Ephesians 1:15-23]. This is a key prayer we continually need in the body of Christ.
You can have knowledge and yet not apprehend it. An aspect of religiosity in Christianity is accumulating knowledge without comprehension. Most of such happen because many believers approach the bible as another novel, without the help of the Holy Spirit. He is our teacher. You can have a great volume of information from the Bible but never experience it because your comprehension is not effective without the Holy Spirit. An important story in the book of Acts I value is the testimony of the Berean Jews. They examined the scriptures to verify whether what Paul said was true [Acts 17:11]. The things I present in this article are not thoughts I merely agree with just comprehensively but rather thoughts the Holy Spirit conveys through the verses of scriptures I have used. So instead of outrightly rejecting what I present in this article, rather open not only your mind up, but more importantly your spirit as you read this and meditate on it with the help of the Holy Spirit.
… For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, [Romans 3:23]
This is a popular scripture many believers have used to justify the claim that all [believers and non-believers] have sinned and thus all are sinners. Is the believer a sinner? The biblical answer is a big NO, Why? Now follow this explanation closely. Primarily, the affirmation of being a sinner is not as a result of what you do or do not do. When Romans 3:23 stated that all have sinned, this sinful state is not resulting from a person’s unrighteous acts. All became sinners because of the transgression of the first man, Adam. Chapter five of romans explain this vividly.
Romans 5.12 states that all became sinners by one man and death passed upon all men. So the first thing worth noting is that the nature of sin in man is as a result of the offence of one man. But thankfully the story does not end there. The next verse right after Romans 3:23, that is verse 24 gives us the reality of the situation at the moment by stating; “Being Justified freely by His grace through the Redemption that is in Christ Jesus; whom God has set forth a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare His righteousness through the passing by of the sins that had taken place before, in the forbearance of God; for the display of His righteousness at this time, for Him to be just and, forgiving the one being of the faith of Jesus.” [Romans 3:24-26]….
Please read the concluding Part of the article here…
God bless you.
Author: Mike Sarkodie
Mike Sarkodie (@psmikeCW) is a Pastor with ChristWorld Incorporated. A Ministry founded and led by Pastor Oti Boateng (@Pastor_Oti) with a vision of making Christ the center of every person’s world. An ardent teacher of the Gospel, Mike enjoys breaking truth down for all to understand. He is passionate about Church plants and helping people mature spiritually.
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