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The Saint/Sinner Difference

 

by Frederick Drummond, Sr.

 

God doesn’t see everyone the same way, and neither should we. He not only clearly distinguishes between believers and unbelievers—“Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: ‘The Lord knows those who are His’” (2 Tim. 2:19a)—but He also treats them in a very different way. He labels unbelievers as sinners—those who are yet in their sins, or a state of sin, in His sight. He labels believers as saints—those who are no longer in their sins, but in a state of imputed righteousness. The one is yet of the old creation, and the other a completely new creation (2 Cor. 5:14-18). Jesus said of sinners, that they were already condemned, awaiting impending judgment, and that the only way to escape this was to repent of their sins and receive Him as their Lord and Savior and thereby become saints (John 3:14-21). Sinners are of the flesh, and saints are of the Spirit. This is perhaps their greatest distinguishing mark from the human point of view. Sinners have not been born of the Spirit; they don’t know Him and are therefore outside of all of the blessings of the New Covenant. Saints have been born of the Spirit; they know and follow Him and receive all of the blessings of the New Covenant.

 

There are several terms used in the Holy Scriptures that clearly distinguish these two groups.

Sinner

(Unrighteous)

 

Saint

(Righteous)

Condemned already

 

For if the truth of God has increased through my lie to His glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner? (Rom. 3:7)

 

knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, (1 Tim. 1:9)

 

No more condemnation

 

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. (Rom. 8:1)

 

Not known by God

 

“Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.” (John 9:31)

 

We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, (Gal. 2:15)

 

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom. 5:8)

 

Called by God in Christ

 

Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you. (Phil. 4:21)

 

among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ;

To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Rom. 1:6,7)

 

To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: (1 Cor. 1:2)

Ungodly

 

to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him. (Jude 15)

 

Now “If the righteous one is scarcely saved, Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?” (1 Pet. 4:18)

Beloved of God

 

To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Rom. 1:7)

Dirty

 

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (James 4:8)

Clean

 

But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; (Eph. 5:3)

Hostility

 

For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. (Heb. 12:3)

Love

 

Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, (Eph. 1:15)

Alienated from God

 

that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. (Eph. 2:12)

Inheritance

 

the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, (Eph. 1:18)

 

giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. (Col. 1:12)

Disobedient

 

For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous. (Rom. 5:19)

 

Fellowship

 

Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, (Eph. 2:19)

Needs repentance

 

“But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” (Matt. 9:13)

 

“Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:10)

 

Peace

 

For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints. (1 Cor. 14:33)

 

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)

A sinner (status)

 

“And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’” (Luke 18:13)

 

Perfect

 

for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, (Eph. 4:12)

Defiled and unbelieving

 

To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.

They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work. (Titus 1:15,16)

Separate

 

Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?

And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?

And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.”

Therefore “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.” (2 Cor. 6:14-17)

Foolish

 

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, (Rom. 1:18)

 

because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.

Professing to be wise, they became fools, (Rom. 1:21,22)

 

Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves,

who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. (Rom. 1:24-26)

 

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; (Rom. 1:28)

Just

 

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” (Rom. 1:17)

Unrighteous

Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? (1 Cor. 6:1)

Righteous

 

Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. (1 John 3:7)

Selfish and disobedient to the truth

 

But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, (Rom. 2:5)

 

but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath,

tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; (Rom. 2:8,9)

Intercession by the Holy Spirit

 

Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. (Rom. 8:27)

 

Lost

“for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10)

 

This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. (1 Tim. 1:15)

Found

For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. (1 Pet. 2:25)

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