I would love to be in two places at the same time, that would be so very cool. How much easier would life be if we could be in two places at once! But, we simply can’t do it. No matter how hard I try, I can’t mow the lawn … while I make dinner. And if you know me at all, then you know that I pretty much don’t do either one!
Yet many Christians confuse who they are and make such troubling statements – they claim to be in 2 spiritual positions in one single breath. I’ve heard my brothers and sisters in Christ stand up and openly confess things like, “I’m a sinner and I need Jesus!” Or, “I’m a sinner saved by grace through faith!” Or, I’ve heard wonderful, loving, and well intending Christians witness to people on the streets and say, “I’m a sinner just like you, and we both need Jesus.”
The problem here is that you can’t be both holy/righteous and a sinner at the same time! Those are 2 separate positions, and they are 100% OPPOSITES of each other!
The SECOND you receive Christ …
- You are marked with His own seal.
- Your heart is changed FOREVER from one of stone to flesh.
- You are given a new spirit.
- You are a new creation.
- You are a royal priesthood!
- You are a co-heir to the kingdom.
- You are made righteous (in right standing with The Father) because Jesus IS our righteousness.
- and you are now holy (which simply means set apart for Him).
Look, you are made righteous and perfect because Jesus is righteous and perfect! You are in right standing with The Father, because Jesus is in right standing with The Father! The very moment you say “yes” to Him, He says you are holy, righteous, a new creation, a co-heir, and set apart for Me! (1 Peter 1:16; Philippians 3:9; Hebrews 10:10; Ephesians 1:13; Ezekiel 36:26)
Yet, you can’t be sealed, righteous (in right standing), holy (set apart), AND a SINNER at the same time. Again, they are opposites!
As His kid, you have already been set apart by Him. You have already been sealed by His Spirit. Your sins of yesterday, today, and tomorrow have already been paid for and forgotten. You were already chosen by Him. You were already given a new heart and a new spirit. You were already a new creation in Him!
Can you still sin, yes! Can you still fall short, yes! Can you still be disobedient, yes!
BUT YOU AREN’T A SINNER! That isn’t who you are any longer! That is the OLD you! The new you is a holy, righteous, loving, and royal priest! Your identity is now in Him, not in your past or current mistakes! You belong to Him, not to your sin! Romans 7:1-4
Truly, your sins are ALREADY paid for – so you can’t stand up and identify yourself as a sinner!!!! You, as His child, despite your old and new mistakes … are still in His righteousness (Jesus). Therefore, you are STILL both righteous and holy! Why? Because He is STILL righteous and holy! Your righteousness isn’t based on your own “goodness” or “badness” … it is based on Him!
You can’t be a little bit pregnant. And you certainly can’t be a little bit righteous or holy.
If you are in Christ, you are 100% righteous, holy, and set apart for Him! Warts, lumps, bruises and all.
Hebrews 10:10 (NIV)
10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Hebrews 10:14 (NIV)
“For by one sacrifice he has made PERFECT forever those who are BEING made holy (sanctified).”
Ephesians 1:13 (NIV)
13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit.