The illustration below from our homeschooling years shows the mindset of many Christians.
To the far left is “single-minded unbelief” which rejects God’s sacrifice for mankind.
To the far right is “single-minded belief,” which fully accepts God’s sacrifice (Rom. 8:3 Amplified). This mindset humbly receives the God-given name of saint in full acknowledgement of the sacrifice.
In the middle is where most Christians waffle: double-minded “sinners” who are “saved by grace.” The sinner calls himself a sinner, and as such refuses to accept the sacrifice. He is never fully washed clean because he insists on defining himself by his feelings and circumstances instead of by God’s truth. Lukewarm defines this heart posture because it’s all about the sinner trying not to sin, then failing repeatedly in the self-fulfilling prophecy.
The problem with this is notion is that sinners and saints are of opposite natures. Sinners are lost and need salvation. On the contrary, saints are saved having found salvation. In order to walk in agreement with God, you can’t have it both ways because you can have only one nature. You are either a lost sinner or a saved saint. (Cont’d)
When we humble ourselves and surrender to God’s definition of us as saints, we walk in agreement with Him according to what He has done for us. His title for us of saint, meaning “set apart,” does not mean that we never have any struggles or issues. It simply means that by His own doing we have been transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. In the kingdom of light where we walk after the Spirit, if we sin we do not turn back into sinners because God has dealt with our sin in totality at Calvary, “It is finished” (John 19:30), and there is no condemnation (Rom. 8:1) for our troubles but mercy and help in time of need (Heb. 4:16). How can this be? Because nothing at all can separate us from the love of God in our Advocate, Christ Jesus (1 John 2:1).
He has bridged the gap once for all.
Think about it. Where do you stand in God’s truth?
Hebrews 4:16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
Hebrews 9:26 For then would He often have had to suffer [over and over again] since the foundation of the world. But as it now is, He has once for all at the consummation and close of the ages appeared to put away and abolish sin by His sacrifice [of Himself].
Romans 8:3 For God has done what the Law could not do, [its power] being weakened by the flesh [the entire nature of man without the Holy Spirit]. Sending His own Son in the guise of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, [God] condemned sin in the flesh [subdued, overcame, deprived it of its power over all who accept that sacrifice],
Romans 8:1 Therefore, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit.
Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1 John 2:1 My little children, I write you these things so that you may not violate God’s law and sin. But if anyone should sin, we have an Advocate (One Who will intercede for us) with the Father—[it is] Jesus Christ [the all] righteous [upright, just, Who conforms to the Father’s will in every purpose, thought, and action].
Romans 5:8 But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us.
Colossians 1:2 To the saints (the consecrated people of God) and believing and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossae: Grace (spiritual favor and blessing) to you and [heart] peace from God our Father.