• By John Hicks

'Saved’ does not equal ‘sinner’ in God’s economy…

Paul said to the folks in the Church at Corinth that some of them were once sinners but then they were sanctified and justified through Jesus Christ. This means they were no longer the sinners that they used to be but instead they were washed clean and freed from their past sins.

Noticed that he did not leave a gray area here to justify anyone who was still doing things such as stealing, drinking or participating in sexual impurity?

What he told the Roman Church absolutely applied as well with the Church in Corinth. Should they keep on sinning so that grace may abound? God forbid. Instead the Christians in Corinth stopped sinning because they were set free from their sin.

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Jesus said clearly that if you are a servant of sin then you are not saved.

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, [then] are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: [but] the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. John 8:31-36

Paul followed up in agreement by stating that we are freed from sin so we are now servants of righteousness and not sin as we had been. It goes like this for someone who is truly saved, in the past a servant of sin and now in the present a servant of righteousness and not sin.

But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. Romans 6:17-18

Paul summed it up quite thoroughly further up in chapter 6 in verse 7 where he stated: “For he that is dead is freed from sin”. This in no way states that you are free to sin or that you can allow some sin, here or there, in your life. Instead it states you are freed from sin. Freedom does not include allowances for certain continuations of any particular sin but instead it means free from all bondages related to sin pure and simple.

While there are a lot more scriptures that speak to this truth I will conclude with this just this one that qualifies this truth very precisely. A saved person does not carry the old sin with him into his sainthood but instead he is an entirely new creature, a saint, that lives only for the things of God. When Paul talks about “all things are become new” and “all things are of God” in no way can anyone use this to make exclusions for sin. A saved person is a saint freed from sin and not a sinning saint who is saved. That is pure and accurate biblical logic within God’s economy…

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 2 Corinthians 5:17-18

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