Worthy Thought:

Every saint has a past, every sinner has a future, we all walk in freedom under His grace.

The three questions I had in mind. 

Is the sinner and the saint the same person?

 Where does it draw the line when the sinner end’s and sainthood begins? 

How do we walk in freedom under His grace as a sinner? 

I remember years ago being a new believer in Christ. I would pray to God and ask His forgiveness for my sins but later on during the week I would still think about those sins and still feel guilty. How can I walk in freedom under His grace if I still feel like a dirty sinner?  

Jesus says in John 8:31, 36 ” If you hold my teaching, you are my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” Vs 36 Jesus says ” if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” 

Sin has a way of enslaving and mastering us but Jesus took all of our sins when he went to the Calvary cross and died for us. Jesus freed us from this slavery of sin that keeps us from becoming the person God created us to be. 

Romans 6:14 NIV For sin shall no longer be your master, because your are not under the law, but under grace. 

The law does not justify or help us overcome sin, we are under God’s grace through Jesus Christ, he is our master, he gives us the power to do what is good and right. 

Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is a gift from God. 

We don’t have to feel guilt, or remorse anymore. We have the free gift from God of salvation, faith, forgiveness, love, peace, joy and eternal life. 

God’s word makes it clear our sins are forgiven and we have been set free from the power of sin. 

Romans 1:7 Apostle Paul wrote “To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus.” 

Revelation 19:7-8 Let’s rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the lamb has come. And his bride (us, the church) has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean was given us to wear: Fine linen stands for righteousness acts of the saints.

The word root ” Saint” corresponds with Latin word “Santus” which means holy or set apart, faithfulness for holy use. Christians are made holy by the atoning work of Christ at Calvary on the cross. When you become saved by believing in Jesus Christ as God’s son who died for you on the cross you are set apart for holy, used by God and that is to glorify God and spread the good news to those who are not saved. 

I John 5:3 (NIV)Loving God means keeping his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.”

A saint is also a person who understands, and learns to have the mind like Christ, who is Holy. Out of love for him you will naturally keep God’s commandments. We are given the righteousness of God through the work of Jesus Christ who died on the cross. 
As a saint we learn to talk with kingdom language that is good, wholesome, clean, and uplifting. We learn to be bless-able to others, we read and meditate on scriptures and most importantly we have intimate conversations with God through prayer. 
Today, I am an Ordained minister for Christ. I am the daughter of the Most High God, He sent His son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for me, I am saved and a saint. I walk in freedom under his grace. Thank you Jesus. 

              ~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill