|Are Followers of SAVIOR/Jesus Sinners?
We WERE sinners...
Romans 5:8 "But God demonstrate(d) His own love toward us, in that while we WERE still sinners, Christ died for us."
We WERE slaves to sin...
Romans 6:17-23 "...God be thanked that though (we) WERE slaves of sin, (we ARE NOW) delivered. And having been SET FREE FROM SIN, (we) became slaves of righteousness."
NOW we are Righteous!
Scripture reveals that some are Righteous and some are Sinners?
1 Peter 4:18 Now “If the RIGHTEOUS one is scarcely saved, Where will the ungodly and the Sinner appear?”
1 John 3:7 "Little children, let no man deceive you: he that does righteousness is RIGHTEOUS, even as he is righteous."
Rev. 22:11 "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is RIGHTEOUS, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still."
What are some advantages that a RIGHTEOUS man has that sinners do NOT have?
James 5:16 "The effectual fervent prayer of a RIGHTEOUS man avails much."
1 Peter 3:12 "For the eyes of the Lord are over the RIGHTEOUS, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil."
So, how does someone get the power to live Righteous?
Romans 3:22 "...the Righteousness of God...is BY FAITH of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that BELIEVE: for there is no difference:"
Our desire is to...
Philippians 3:9 "...be found in Him, not having (our) own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the FAITH of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by FAITH:"
What about those who say they are Christians but are still engaging in sin, or confess they just can't stop sinning?
1 John 1:6 "If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:"
1 John 3:6 "Whosoever abides in him sins NOT: whosoever sins hath NOT seen him, neither KNOWN him."
1 Cor. 15:34, 1 Cor. 15;34 "AWAKE to righteousness, and DO NOT SIN; for some have not the KNOWLEDGE of God: I speak this to your shame."
What is a sign of a born again, Holy Spirit powered believer?
1 John 5:18 "We know that whosoever is BORN of God SINS NOT; but he that is begotten of God keeps himself, and that wicked one touches him not."
WHOLE COUNCIL OF GOD'S WORD
1 John 1:7 "But IF we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleansed us from ALL sin.
To those who have not repented...
1 John 1:8 If (you) say that (you) have no sin, (you) deceive (yourself), and the truth is not in (you)."
HAVE YOU REPENTED?
1 John 1:9 "IF we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
1 John 1:10 "If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us."
So, once we admit we've sinned and repent, are we still sinners? What does the Scripture say about those who continue in sin?
Hebrews 10;26 "For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins"
John 8:11 Jesus said, "Go, and sin no more."
John 5:14 Jesus said, "Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you."
What if a follower of Jesus stumbles in weakness and sins?
1 John 2:1 "My little children, these things write I unto you, that YOU SIN NOT. And IF any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:"
Is it possible to NOT live as a sinner as Jesus instructs us? YES
Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me."
2 Cor. 5:17 "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
Jesus/Yahshua calls repentant, Holy Spirit filled and empowered followers 'righteous'. Satan calls the followers of the Lord 'sinners.
Whose report will you believe?