Sinner To Saint
Do you know Jesus as your Savior or are you a sinner? Do you know that if you have never repented and ask Jesus to forgive you and ask Him to come into your heart and be your Savior and Lord, then you are a sinner. I do not say that to be rude or offend you, it is simply a fact. Would you like to go from sinner to saint?
John 3:16-17 says,
You cannot change the fact that God loves you with an immutable love that cannot be comprehended. The only way we can even get a glimpse of God and His love is by faith working through our spirit as we read His Word. Following are some facts that God would have you know and share with others.
Fact 1. ”For He hath made Him (Jesus) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” (II Cor. 5:21). Jesus Christ was made that which God hates: sin—that you might become that which God loves: righteousness. Because God so loved you, you can exchange your sins for His righteousness. You can go from sinner to saint. Could you ask for any greater evidence of love? Calvary is proof that God loves you and longs to save you.
Fact 2. Sin is lawlessness (I John 3:4), sin is unbelief: it calls God a liar (I John 5:10), sin is rebellion against God (Isaiah 1:2), all unrighteousness is sin (I John 5:17). God Who cannot lie, said, “All have sinned.” All includes you and I. You were born with a sin nature, therefore, you have sinned against God by thought, word and deed. You have committed sins of commission and sins or omission. In the sight of God, you are a lost sinner. You can change that because you can go from sinner to saint.
Fact 3. It is a fact that you are now dead in sin. If you have not confessed and admitted you are a sinner, then God would have you know that “the wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23). You are dead in sin until you repent and accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. The Apostle Paul said, ”And you He has made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sin” To be saved is to be made spiritually alive in Christ. Therefore you have passed from sinner to saint. (Eph. 2:1).
What is death? Death is spiritual separation. Your sins have separated you from God. If you remain lost in your sins, you will stand before God at the Great White Throne Judgment, and there, your sins will separate you from the mercy of God forever and you will spend eternity in hell according to Scripture.
Fact 4. He (Jesus) died for those who are unlike God, this includes you, if you have not repented and been born again. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Rom. 5:6). Jesus died for you so you can go from sinner to saint.
Fact 5. It is a fact that you can go from sinner to saint by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Philippian jailor asked Paul and Silas, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” The answer was, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.” What is this gospel that saves when believed? First, Christ died for our sins. Second, He was buried and arose from the dead the third day. Jesus Christ, the God-man died for you, was buried for you, and rose from the dead for you and is now is seated at the right hand of the Father interceding for you (I John 2:1). It is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes (Rom. 1:16).
You must understand that you are not a sinner because you sin, you sin because you are a sinner. We were all born with a sin nature, therefore, we are sinners and we sin. Since we are sinners, we must repent before we accept Jesus Christ into our hearts. When we are sinners, sorrow in the heart and words of repentance are the only way to get God’s attention. It is what He commands all of us to do before we can go from sinner to saint (Acts 17:30). Jesus said in Matthew 9:13 that He came to call the sinners to repentance, and went on to say in Luke 13:5, if one did not repent they would perish.
What is to repent? It is confessing to God that we are sorry we have sinned against Him. Webster says it means to amend or resolve to amend one’s life as a result of contrition for one’s sins or to feel regret for what one has done or omitted to do. Repentance is a step in demonstrating true faith. One cannot repent and then continue to willfully sin. If true repentance takes place, it is proven by deeds that conform to that repentance.
Even after one is saved there will be many times repentance is required for a wrong done, even though the wrong was unintentional. Many the time a righteous child of God falls down (sins or makes a mistake), but praise God, we can get up; brush ourselves off, repent and go right on with God because we have an advocate with the Father. His name is Jesus.
As we look at the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15, we find an interesting parallel of Christians today. Prodigal means given to reckless extravagance or spendthrift. There was a certain man that had two sons and the younger one wanted his father to give him his portion of the inheritance that was due him. He took his money and went traveling to a far country and wasted his fortune with riotous living.
He had spent all when there came a famine or hardships in the land where he was living and he had nothing left to live on, so he went to work for a man feeding pigs. For a young Jewish man, feeding swine was as low as he could get, he was living in the gutter, so to speak. Just like many today that are not happy with their lot in life and are forever searching for greater wealth, material blessings and a church that can give them the best entertainment, not realizing they may be as lost as this prodigal son that has left his father to live his own life as he chooses. Now let’s see how our prodigal son feels about what he is doing.
The Bible declares that he came to himself. What does that mean? It means he finally realized he was living in the gutter of existence, feeding pigs and had very little to eat himself, while in his father’s house, even the servants had a good life and plenty to eat. When he came to himself, he said, “I’m going home, and tell my father I have sinned; that I am no longer worthy to be called his son and ask him to let me be a servant in his house.”
But he did not know his father very well. When he got close to home his father saw him. You see, his father loved him so much, he had been looking for him to return home and he saw him coming a long way off. He had been standing, maybe on the porch or out in the yard, perhaps with his hand shading his eyes, looking down the road longing to see his beloved son returning.
And you know what happened? When his father saw his beloved lost son returning home, he did not wait for him to get to the house. He ran to meet him, hugged his neck and kissed him. The son repented to his father and his father said to the servants, bring the best robe and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. Bring a big fat calf and let us eat and be merry. My son was dead and is alive again, was lost and now he is found. The ring the father placed on the son’s finger means you are mine; the robe means you are wrapped in my righteousness and the shoes mean now walk in my ways. This is an example of going from sinner to saint.
Christians, today, can be dissatisfied in their relationship with their heavenly Father and walk away from His love, care and protection. They turn back into the world for what they “think” it has to offer. Sometimes, when we do not have a loving relationship with God, the glitz and glamour of the world looks appealing and has a very strong pull on us. Especially today when we have so many preaching the gospel according to what the flesh wants. God calls those who turn back into the world “backsliders” and they need to return to God and repent. To God they are the same as the prodigal son was to his father, dead or lost. But God is watching, perhaps with His hand shielding His eyes, for His dead and lost to come home. He, too, is waiting to welcome them with open arms.
But wait, there was another son. What about him? Was he okay because he did not stray from home? I don’t believe so. Let’s look at how he acted. The Scripture says he was in the field working and when he came home he heard music and dancing. He called a servant and asked, “What is going on?” The servant said, “Your brother has come home and we are having a party.” And you know what? Luke 15:28 says, he was angry and would not go in. His father came out and begged him to come join the party, and he said, “All these years I have served you and never gone off and spent a fortune, and you never gave me a party.” His father said, “I thought you knew all I have is yours.” This son was so jealous, spiteful and self-righteous he was not even glad his lost brother had come home. Perhaps he also needed to repent.
It seems to me both brothers were lost. One finally came to himself and repented, but we don’t know if the self-righteous brother repented or not. He may have been just as lost as the other one and didn’t realize it. Many of God’s children are so jealous when God blesses one of His own, and are like this self-righteous brother; they hate it and wonder why they did not get the blessing instead.
Sometimes we need to take a good look at our own walk with God and see if we are as righteous as we think we are. Is our life pleasing to our Lord? Or have we strayed a little and need to mend our ways. We, too, can come to ourselves and recognize where we are spiritually. Whether we are a prodigal son or daughter, or self-righteous like the second son; both were examples of disobedient children of God.
Perhaps you are one that has never been born again. You can repent and come to the heavenly Father. He will receive you with open arms. You can get out of the gutter of existence and have a new beginning. You can go from sinner to saint. Here is how.
If you feel in your heart the need to repent and accept Jesus, just bow your head before God and say to Him, “Lord, be merciful to me a sinner. I am sorry I have sinned against you and ask that you forgive me for all my sins and transgressions. Cleanse me from all unrighteousness by the blood of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. I will forsake sin and live my life in your service and to the good of others. I will be obedient to your Word as you reveal it to me. I ask Jesus to come into my heart and life and be my Savior and Lord. I thank you Lord for forgiving my sins and I am no longer dead or lost, but now am truly alive. I have now gone from sinner to saint. Amen.
If you really meant that from your heart, then right now you are a child of God. The next step that should follow one’s acceptance of Jesus as Lord is to be baptized in water by immersion. It is a sign to the world, by believers, witnessing to their identification with Christ in death, burial and resurrection. Then as you study God’s Word, ask Him to reveal truth to you. As He reveals truth to you then you have an obligation to obey that truth.
Matthew 28:19-20 says,
This Scripture indicates that the one baptized is closely bound to or is now the property of the one in whose name he was baptized, thus, in this case, the one baptized is obligated to follow Jesus in obedience to His Word.
"This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; ,,,,"
1 Timothy 1:15
"For as by one man disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one (Jesus) shall many be made righteous."
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