Oh Lord, we are just so unworthy to come into your presence.
How often have you heard the phrase, “I’m just an old sinner, saved by grace“? You may have even said it yourself. I remember being in a church where someone loudly prayed “Oh Lord, we are just so unworthy to come into your presence“, which provoked lots of enthusiastic “amen”s. This sort of thing sounds really humble and spiritual, doesn’t it? But the question you need to ask is this: Is it Biblical?
Jesus suffered an horrendous death in order that we could be made the righteousness of God in Him.
Hebrews 4:16 tells us that we are to come boldly unto the throne of grace. It does not say we are supposed to come to the throne of grace on our knees, via the back door, grovelling and declaring how unworthy we are. No! It says we are to come BOLDLY. Romans 3:22 in the Amplified Bible says “This righteousness of God comes through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe and trust in Him and acknowledge Him as God’s Son“. According to this verse, the righteousness of God is for everyone that has believed in Jesus. You can’t be an old sinner and righteous at the same time – it is a complete impossibility! 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “He hath made him [Jesus] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him“. Jesus suffered an horrendous death in order that we could be made the righteousness of God in Him.
There is no such thing as an old sinner saved by grace.
Now, I do realise that people are trying to be humble when they say, “I’m just an old sinner saved by grace“, or when they point out just how unworthy they are. But the truth is, it is an insult to Jesus. It’s basically saying that His sacrifice didn’t work, that although we’re supposed to be the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, we are in fact, just the same old sinners we always were. Let’s be clear: there is no such thing as an old sinner saved by grace. You can’t be both – you’re either an old sinner, or you’ve been saved by grace. It’s either one or the other, but the truth is that once you have been saved by grace, you are no longer a sinner – according to God’s Word you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. Sure, you may still sin, but that doesn’t make you a sinner. Your spirit has been born again, totally recreated, you are not that old sinner anymore, that person no longer exists. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new“.
Our minds do not change when we get born again, they need to be renewed as a gradual process.
You may ask, “Well if that’s true, why am I still sinning?“. The answer to this, is that whilst your spirit has become new, your mind and your body have not. Romans 12:2 instructs us to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind“. Our minds do not change when we get born again, they need to be renewed as a gradual process. So how do you go about renewing your mind? Simple – read the Bible every day, meditate on what you read, pray daily, get hold of good quality Christian teaching, find a church that preaches faith, and as you do, all of the junk that has filled your mind since you were born will be replaced with the things of God. You will find that the sins that you once struggled with are no longer a problem anymore. It is very important that you understand that you are not just an old sinner saved by grace, because it will make the difference between you being downtrodden, or being more than a conqueror, as Romans 8:37 calls you.
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