Have you ever heard a fellow Christian say, “i’m just as bad as a sinner as the next person. We are all sinners.”
I have always bristled when I hear a Christian talk like that. How can one feel that way if they accepted Jesus as their Savior?
- “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come.” (2 Cor. 5:17)
- You are no longer a slave to sin.(Gal. 4:24-31)
- “You were dead in your sins, but now have been born again.” (Eph. 2:1)
- “How can we who died to sin still live in it? (Rom. 6:1)
- “So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” (Rom 6:11)
- “..you have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness .” (Rom. 6:18)
If one has the attitude that they are (as a Christian), still just as bad of a sinner as one who is not a Christian, they are guilty of saying what Peter said to Jesus regarding the washing, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and head!” (John 13:9) Yet, Jesus said his disciples were clean. “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except his feet, but is completely clean.” (vs 10)
So, yes, we as humans are “contaminated” by the sinful world (our feet get dirty), but we are not “just as bad”, or dirty, as any other sinner who has not been washed by the blood of the Lamb. When one says they are just as bad, they are discounting the regenerative work of the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1: 3-4)
After making the above point that, “NO, you are not the same as a nonChristian!”, you have been washed through the Jesus’ once-for-all death, the fact remains that Jesus indicated the need for a “daily cleaning” or repentance. So, what is that all about?….
I found an article that gave an insight to the daily repentance of a believer, that I had never thought before. The article talks of 2 different types of repentance.
1.) An appeal for saving forgiveness- that we have by faith.
2.) An appeal for God to forgive us from the consequences of our sin. Meaning “We aren’t appealing for relief of Hell; we’re appealing for relief from the discipline of the Lord.” The writer backed up that point using 1 John 1:9. Heb. 12:7-11 and 2 Sam. 12:13-16.
Well, that was a new way for me to look at daily repentance! What do you think about that?