WE ARE ALL SINNERS! Just some of us are saved sinners, therefore SAINTS.
Romans 3:10 "There is none righteous, no not one."
Paul is referring to Psalm 14 verses 1-3. "There is none righteous," means "No one is innocent." Every person is valuable in God's eyes because God created us in His image and He loves us. But no one is righteous (that is, no one can EARN right standing with God. Though valuable, we have been born with the sin of Adam, but God through Jesus His Son has redeemed us and offers to forgive us if we return to Him in repentance.
Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Eternal life is a free gift from God. If it is a gift, then it is NOT something we can EARN. Not something that must be paid back. Wouldn't it be foolish of someone who receives a gift given out of love and then offers to pay for it. A gift CANNOT BE PURCHASED BY THE RECIPIENT. A more appropriate response to a loved one who offers a gift is grateful acceptance , with gratitude. Our salvation is a gift of God, not something of our own doing. He saved us because of His mercy, not because of any righteous thing we have done. How much more we should accept with thanksgiving the gift that God has FREELY given to us.
Romans 6:23a "For the wages of sin is death.”
People think the little things aren't anything because they, the people, are spiritually dead. Sin erodes, kills and is bad. God forbids certain things because they are bad.
Romans 6:23b "But the gift of God is eternal life."
God poured out His mercy on us by not giving us what we deserve. We deserve to be eternally punished.
Jesus isn't concerned with good works or church attendance. He is concerned with wether or not we accept Him, there is nothing we can do that can get us into heaven.
THE ONE SIN THAT WE WON'T BE FORGIVEN FOR IS REJECTING CHRIST. This is punishable by eternal separation from God.
Ephesians 2: 8-10." For by grace you have been saved THROUGH FAITH, and that not of yourselves; it is a GIFT OF GOD, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them."
When someone gives you a gift do you say "That's really nice? Now how much do I owe you?" No, the appropriate response to a gift is "Thank you." Yet how often Christians, even after they have been given the gift of salvation, feel obligated to try to work their way to God. Because our salvation and even our faith are gifts we should respond to with gratitude, praise, and joy.
We became Christians through God's unmerited grace, not as a result of any effort, ability, intelligent choice, or acts of service on our part. However, out of gratitude for this free gift, we will seek to help and serve others with kindness, love, and gentleness, and not merely to please ourselves. While NO ACTION OR WORKS WE DO CAN HELP US OBTAIN SALVATION, GOD'S INTENTION IS THAT OUR SALVATION WILL RESULT IN ACTS OF SERVICE. We are not saved merely for our own benefit, but to serve Christ.
Titus 3:3-8." For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior towards man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to HIS MERCY HE SAVED US, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit whom He poured out abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a faithful saying and these things I want you to affirm constantly that those who have believed in God should maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men."
Paul summarized what Christ does for us when He saves us. We moved from a life full of sin to one where we are led by God's Holy Spirit. ALL our sins, not merely some, are washed away. Washing refers to the water baptism which is a sign of obedience. In becoming a Christian, the believer acknowledges Christ as Lord and recognizes Christ's saving work. We gain eternal life with all its treasures. We have the renewing of our hearts by the Holy Spirit. None of this occurs because we earned or deserved it, it is ALL God's gift.
All three persons of the Trinity are mentioned in these verses because all three participate in the work of salvation. Based upon the redemptive work of God's Son, the Father forgives and the blood of Jesus Christ washes away our sins, and the Holy Spirit continually renews us.
Romans 4:6-8 Just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works, "blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man whom the Lord shall not impute sin."
Notice here how the Apostle Paul refers back to David, a man who sinned terribly, yet was dear to God's own heart. Paul would not have referred to David had not David come back to God, AND SOUGHT FORGIVENESS.
What can we do to get rid of guilt? King David was guilty of terrible sins, adultery, murder, lying, and yet he experienced the joy of forgiveness. We too have this joy when we (1) acknowledge our guilt and recognize that we have sinned, (2) admit our guilt to God and ask for His forgiveness, and (3) let go of our guilt and believe that God has forgiven us. This can be difficult when sin has taken root, and grown over many years, when it is very serious, and when it involves others. We must remember that Jesus is willing and able to forgive EVERY sin. In view of the tremendous price that He paid on the cross, it is arrogant to think that any of our sins are too great for Him to cover. Even though our faith is weak, our conscience is sensitive, and our memory haunts us, God declares that sins confessed are sins forgiven.
1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness."
Confession is supposed to free us to enjoy fellowship with Christ. It should ease our conscience and lighten our cares. But some Christians do not understand how it works. They feel so guilty that they- confess the same sins over and over; then they wonder if they might have forgotten something. Other Christians believe them when they confess, but if they died with unconfessed sins they would be lost forever. These Christians do not understand that God wants to forgive us. He allowed His beloved Son to die just so He could offer us pardon. When we come to Christ, He forgives ALL the sins we will or ever will commit. We don't need to confess the sins of the past all over again and we don't need to fear that God will reject us if we don't keep our slate clean. Of course we should continue to confess our sins, but not because failure to do so will make us lose our salvation. Our relationship with Christ is secure. Instead we should confess so that we can enjoy maximum fellowship and joy with Him.
True confession also involves a commitment not to continue in sin. We wouldn't be genuinely confessing our sins to God if we are planning to commit them again, and just wanted temporary forgiveness. We should also pray for strength to defeat temptation the next time we face it.