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- The Bible is clear over and over that we are all sinners. Some people obsess over the idea of being sinners, neglecting the truth that Christians are “new creations” in Jesus Christ. Because of Jesus, we have a new identity.
- If we obsess over the idea of being sinners more than of being saved “saints,” then it will naturally cause us to ignore our high calling by Jesus to live as righteous people.
- While it’s true that Christians sin and struggle with sin patterns, our identity in Jesus is “saint,” not “sinner.”
- Paul told the Christians in Philippi to live as worthy citizens, because they were “citizens” of God’s kingdom, not just of the world (Philippians 3:20). People who are part of a culture, city, or identity behave similarly.
- Christians need to stick together and look out for one another as if we were citizens in a foreign land. Spiritually, that is what we are!
- Jesus has made us totally worthy through his sacrifice on the cross. And now, through his Holy Spirit, he is remaking us more and more to live worthily for him as citizens in a foreign land (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24).
Philippians 1:27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel.
This is part of the Students 101 series.