“Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.” (1 John 3:9, NKJV)
As Believers in Christ, the bible tells us that we are now declared righteous by God (Romans 5:1). Through Jesus’ death every born-again Believer became the righteousness of God (2Cor. 5:21)! Their sins have been totally forgiven and never to be held against them, forever! (Heb. 8:12; 2Cor. 5:17) Therefore, born-again believers are no longer sinners, instead, they are Saints!
Then why do we still sin after we became born again?
As Christians, we understand fully that we were once sinners. But we often view ourselves as sinners even after we’ve been saved by grace because we still make mistakes, slip up and sin. But did you know that the Bible never once calls you a sinner in Christ? You are no longer a sinner, but a saint! You are being perfected in Christ Jesus and are growing stronger in Him each and every day. This happens as you renew your mind/soul in the Word of God.
The Bible tells us that sin no longer has any power over the life of a Believer. In other words, before Christ, sin had great power in our lives. It was a daily struggle. Sure, we could potentially make some good choices. After all, there are some in the world we would consider to be “good” people who aren’t Christians. But the Bible tells us that no matter how good we think we are, sin has a power in our lives that we can simply not overcome apart from Christ. (see Romans 7:17-24)
In Christ, however, sin no longer has any power! Through the power of the Holy Spirit (who lives in your born-again spirit), we can say no to sin. It doesn’t have to be a daily struggle. We can choose to live by the Spirit who will be faithful to train us in righteousness and give us the strength we need to resist the devil’s schemes. (see Gal. 5:16; Rom. 8:12-13; James 4:6-7)
As children of God, it’s important for us to remember that we are no longer sinners. Why? Because it’s a lie of the enemy. He loves nothing more than to trap us into thinking that we are hopeless and will always struggle with sin. Labelling yourself a sinner makes it easier for him to convince you that you can’t say no to sin… that somehow sin still has power over your life. But our sinful nature was nailed to the cross. This is the truth we should be declaring every day.
Listen to Paul’s greetings to born-again Believers in Rome, Corinth, Ephesus, Philippi and Colossae:
“To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints” (Romans1:7, NKJV)
“To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints…” (1 Corinthians 1:2, NKJV)
“To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 1:1, NKJV)
“To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colossae.” (Colossians 1:2, NKJV)
“To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi” (Philippians 1:1, NKJV)
Are the born-again Believers today any different from the born-again Believers mentioned above? No. The same Holy Spirit lives in all born-again believers regardless of time, race, and gender. If Paul was writing to us today he would have written, “To the Saints in Pukekohe!”
My born-again brother and sister in Christ, God has given you a new identity, a new personhood, whom God created in righteousness and holiness (Eph. 4:24). Consequently, when God looks at you, He sees Jesus’ righteousness all over you. He sees you holy, a Saint, because you have been born of God. Listen, “Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.” (1 John 3:9, NKJV) If you are born of God, then your spirit cannot sin because God lives there! And that’s why you are a Saint, not a sinner!